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Originally posted by Quazga
Could someone explain to me why the initial thought goes to "Who is to blame?", instead of "What does this mean?"
Any critical thinkers in the house? Or are we all so self loathing that we need to place blame when we hear about these things?
Originally posted by Cuauhtemoc
Showing empathy towards the woman is one thing, but one thing I find strange is that at some point or another, some of these people decided to continue to make car payments and not rent/mortgage.
Are we that attached to our metal skin (cars)?
Originally posted by centurion1211
So, while this woman's predicament is sad, it is also a statement on the choices she made, and also what's with her family that they can't help out their own mother?
It's another chapter in her life that she's certain she'll get through. Her 19-year-old daughter moved in with friends to avoid being homeless. Her other children live overseas, and she didn't want to tell them about her living status.
Even if her children offered to help, she said, she wouldn't accept it. "They know me well enough to know that I will get through this."
"My daughter especially is very unhappy. Sometimes she'll cry, and she'll call and say, 'Mom, I just can't stand it that you are living in a car,' " Harvey said. "I'll say, 'You know what? This is OK for right now, because I'm safe, I'm healthy, the dogs are doing OK, and I have a job, and things will get better.' "
Originally posted by Quazga
Originally posted by blimpseeker
oh my bleeding heart might fail me!
And we hear from another shallow thinker...
This is *NOT* about her, acting as such distracts from the real issue. This is not about bleeding hearts. It is about the security of society.
How safe is your neighbor hood if the homelessness rises 20%?
What does this do the crime rate? I have lots of *stuff* and help the homeless because I don't want them stealing my *stuff* or worse, getting violent out of a sense of desperation and malnurishment.
When will we learn that this has nothing to do with compassion, and everything to do with security?
[edit on 20-5-2008 by Quazga]
What's wrong with this picture?
a) In sixty something years living on the richest country in the world she managed to save nothing???
b) She is determined, or was, to live in one of the most expensive places in the USA, thus spending all her income on rent without thinking that a rainy day might come.
c) Apparently she had a pretty good lifestyle, living where she did, two dogs to feed, raising three kids, owning a car...
Why should I, or the government with my tax dollars, care about this brainless person, or anyone else like her?
Why should I pay for her stupidity, and have to bail her out of the troubles she brought upon herself?
I know these kind of people and I am glad, not really, that they finally pay the price. When the economy is good they spend away like there is no tomorrow. They spend what they earn, they borrow, they borrow, they borrow...
When the economy hits a bump they expect me, an other sensible people that always think about the future, to bail them out.
Meanwhile millions of people in countries that give them no chance have to beg for a meal since the day they are unfortunate enough to be born. They don't live in posh places, they live in slums, in the middle of other peoples #; they don't have too dogs to feed, if they saw a dog they would probably eat it; they don't have a car, they are so starved they can hardly move; they don't have three grown up kids that can help them, they have to see their children DIE.
These people had no past, have no present and no future prospects, they don't live they survive. They live in Africa, in Asia, in Central and South America. They would work for food if there was any work, or if they where strong enough to work; they would give their lives to see their kids being taken from them to go to the USA or to Europe, that way they wouldn't have to see them slowly dying.
These are the people I feel sorry for, and would be willing to help. I would even support a special tax for a third world relief program. I will not feel sorry for people that had every chance and brew it. Besides she still has her Kids, maybe they should be the ones to help her; she still owns a car, sell it an move some place more reasonable.
Can't live on 8$ an hour? A cop in Kenya has to live on 35$ a week, maybe she should try her luck there...
As for security...buy a dog (she apparently has a couple to sell).
Originally posted by Quazga
As a conservative, I am very concerened about what a astronomically rising homeless rate means for the security of my stuff!
Originally posted by jpm1602
The tip of the iceberg. Where do you think the people go in the massive foreclosure crisis? To never never land? No. This is what happens. And it's only the start.
Originally posted by theendisnear69
This is people's own fault. I don't care what you're situation is. If you end up like this then it's you're fault. And I do realize that this is happening alot more. That's because everyone thinks they need to live like kings and queens. I gaurantee you if she was not living in such an expensive area that she would be fine right now. Oh lets just put it on our credit card. We really do need that huge SUV and that really nice tv. Don't forget our huge house that we can't afford either.
This is the people's fault. If we just took a little more responsibility for our actions we would not be where we are now.
It's ok though I got me a credit card. Why not buy it if I don't have to pay for it until next month right?