Nancy Pelosi was in Houston on June 12th, 2009. In the city to
promote her new book. The Houston Tea Party Society, the same people who put together the Tax Day Protests in the city of Houston were in attendance
protesting her and her policies. Ironically at the same place the Tax Day protests took place. I was on my way to attend their protest with them. To
write an article about why they were there.
by Virginia Tentickles Nicholson
While driving to Down Town, an epiphany struck. Not even making it 10 miles into the city I decided that attending the protest wasn't needed.
Explanations of why The HTPS members were protesting was too easy of a story to write.
Most already know why The HTPS sets up protests, like so many other organizations across the country; they are fed up with government lies.
The theme, The HTPS had decided upon, for the protest was "Pellossiho," a clever reference to Pinocchio and his nose. Just like Pinocchio couldn't
cover his lies the government cannot cover theirs anymore. They say almost every day that the economy is in recovery and the recession is close to
being over but I found evidence, a short few miles from my own home, which shows contrary.
Driving down the freeway, passing many signs similar to this one (above) with open spaces where business names should be, it is easy to grasp the
severity of our situation. The sheer number of signs similar to this is staggering; everywhere your eyes travel there are signs of businesses and
retail stores closing, some which have been in the same location for decade or more.
To put more insult to injury, the above advertisement sign is next to two car dealerships, one already closed and the other in Liquidation.
Even the electronic based businesses are not immune to the economy, many suffering from the decreased spending of consumers’ right along with the
retail stores and car dealerships. Right outside one of the last major electronics stores is this empty storefront (above), which used to be a
computer shop in May 2009.
These two store fronts (above) are right next to each other in a strip mall. They are not in Houston, they are bordering the suburban maze of houses
just outside the city limits. Right behind these two store fronts are an extensive patchwork of neighborhoods. This strip mall contains more than 10
store fronts, with these two as blatant reminders that the economy is not in recovery. To offer even more photographic evidence of government and
media lies of economic recovery there is a vacant building a mere 300 feet from the strip mall.
As an ironic testament to its demise, a local area law firm called "Lawless & Lawless" has also closed its doors. The sign above used to display
proudly, "The Offices of Lawless & Lawless." Right next door is another sign without words on it.
Not only is there photographic evidence that the city of Houston is hurting from the countries' economic woes but there is also testament from the
homeless who dot the side of the freeway, unable to get jobs or a place to stay for various reasons.
Of the many I spoke to, there was one man who's story was the most interesting. I found Steve sitting outside this recently built, and closed, WaMu
bank (above). I walked up to him offered him my recently bought fast food dinner and asked him to tell me how he came to be there.
Steve, like everyone else had made bad decisions in his youth. His bad enough to land him in prison 6 times. He told me he was not a violent man, a
drug addict or alcoholic. He accepted he made bad decisions and they had put him where he was today. His real story though was how people reacted to
him and his situation.
Steve sits under the freeway at an intersection, which is busy almost the entire day, with a sign and a bottle of water to keep him company. He talked
of how some people would yell from their cars, "Get a job!" and others would hand him $100 dollar bills, then even more that would ignore him all
together. His most interesting comments though were about a mother in a van. She stopped at his intersection opened her window and chatted with him
for a short period of time. What struck him most was when she said, "I have to file bankruptcy, so my family and I will probably be joining you."
She then proceeded to had him a 20$ bill and drive off.
What this all culminates down to is the fact that the current administration seems to be ignoring the truth and spouting lies to make our economic
situation seem less harsh. As if they wish for the citizens of the country to be completely in the dark about how bad this really is. All one has to
do is open their eyes and see the truth around them.
All the pictures above were taken within 10 miles of my own house! Imagine if I had gone farther into Houston and documented every closed business.
Imagine if I had not stayed close to the freeway and ventured into the side streets of the city. You cannot travel down the highway without seeing
vacant store fronts and signs with nothing on them.
These businesses were open in 2007.
(edited to add author's name by author's request)
[edit on 27-8-2009 by Byrd]