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09/19/2008 07:23 PM ID: 73491 Permalink   

U.S. Economic Crisis: Tent Cities Spreading Across America


Homeless people who shelter in tents are being joined by other Americans who have lost their jobs. Cities like Reno, Nevada; Athens, Georgia; and Seattle are reporting the most noticeable rise in tent cities in a generation.

About 61 percent of local- and state-level homeless advocacy groups say they've seen a rise in homelessness since the 2007 foreclosure crisis. The problem gets worse as foreclosures mount, gas and food prices rise and the job market tightens.

Michael Stoops of the National Coalition for the Homeless said, "It's clear that poverty and homelessness have increased. The economy is in chaos, we're in an unofficial recession and Americans are worried, from the homeless to the middle class."

    WebReporter: l´anglais Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
  "unofficial recession"  
Funny how this government refuses to acknowledge that we have problems... Maybe they think if they hold their hands over their ears, close their eyes and scream, the problems will solve themselves? Hell you have Rol Paul on CSPAN the other day right on the house floor saying how congress is oblivious to the problems plaguing the economy!

This is really a bad mess and if they dont look into fixing it soon we will be looking at Great Depression Part 2!
  by: slavefortheman     09/19/2008 07:31 PM     
More like unacknowledged.
  by: StarShadow     09/19/2008 07:46 PM     
Republican 'voodoo economics' works great, eh?
  by: JonSmith     09/19/2008 07:49 PM     
What a nation of whiners. Don't you idiots know that the fundamentals of our economy are strong? I mean, seriously.
  by: spiggy   09/19/2008 07:53 PM     
Sometimes I get tired of staying at one of my eight homes. Camping sounds like fun! Let them eat cake.
  by: spiggy   09/19/2008 08:36 PM     
  ^hmm, sarcasm?  
Please elaborate....

A. Do you speak of our monetary system that creates new debt to pay off old debt?

B. A plug at gov printing money to make up difference between record level tax cuts and record level spending?

C. Referring to selling our debt to foreign interests, e.g. china purchasing Iraq War debt. (Which works out great b/c we china will get same cheap Iraq oil that we will in world oil market and we end up owing the Chinese for bush making it happen.)

D. A free market system that is held together by fed interest rate fixing or otherwise known as price fixing?

E. A economic system broken by over leveraging (borrowing) that the gov is trying to spend it's way out of (bailouts), when gov spending was already at record peak levels.

All of these factors line up to a very poor grade on economic fundamentals.

They are applying the old standard 1930's "spend your way out of depression" tactic... but that was how we got into this mess in the first place;. Putting out an economic fire by smothering it jet fuel, comes to mind.
  by: ukcn001XYZ   09/19/2008 08:44 PM     
  ^previous comment @ spiggy  
I hope that was sarcasm, again.
  by: ukcn001XYZ   09/19/2008 08:45 PM     
  I like camping  
damn :|
  by: hl2k   09/19/2008 09:26 PM     
HAHAHA! Brilliant historical reference!

  by: misscinna   09/19/2008 09:28 PM     
  @ ukcn001XYZ  
YES, (sorry) that was EXTREME sarcasm. I was hoping it would be more obvious, especially with the "Let them eat cake" reference at the end. I was just doing my part to agree with all of you and show my appreciation for this (and all of L'anglais') post(s).

What a mess we're in. And look what it took for the GOP to actually start admitting that there is actually a problem! No one can be THAT out of touch, can they? I really hope they're just that stupid...

OK - I was starting to go into what sounded like a conspiracy rant, and decided against it. This crap is getting ridiculous. God help us all. If the GOP win (or steal) another election it may be about time to move. The US cannot withstand very much more of the philosophies/policies of the criminals currently in power. Period.
  by: spiggy   09/19/2008 09:42 PM     
Lets go attack Iraq, get jammed in yet another quagmire and homeless will eat cake... Yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!
  by: isuzu     09/19/2008 10:28 PM     
It should read Iran, not Iraq.. SO here is the 'N' LOL
  by: isuzu     09/19/2008 10:30 PM     
They aren't that out of touch or that stupid. They are that ignorant. They think telling America the economy is ok will make everything better. If they repeat the same thing enough times, then it has to be true.
  by: Mr. Wright     09/19/2008 10:40 PM     
Sounds like the current US administration is trying to teach you all to exercise Doublethink...

"The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them . . . . To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth."
  by: Daev     09/19/2008 10:47 PM     
  @Daev - So sad yet true...  
1984 was way ahead of its time in terms of an outlook of government propaganda. Orwell must have had a time machine or something to be able to see how things would be in such detail! How sad that these fictional terrors could come to life.
  by: slavefortheman     09/19/2008 11:12 PM     
  history lesson  
i was never any good at social studies or history... but wasn't that how things were during the great depression?

Dust Bowl, I believe it was called.

Peopel abandoning their homes they couldn't afford... kinda like how the foreclosure and unemployment we are currently seeing.

Nah, its not a recession. Just coincidence.
  by: teh_epic     09/20/2008 01:25 AM     
  welll i mean its pretty simple  
when the democrats push companies to loan to people who cant pay back loans...

then people who can get loans end up getting loans for homes THEY CANT AFFORD its pretty obvious they would get foreclosed on, if you can only afford the "teaser" rate what do you expect to happen when the rate goes up?

also this story doesnt make sense, how can the problem get worse with forclosure? has anyone heard of RENTING?

i could of got a huge home loan but i didnt, you know why? because i couldnt afford it thats why! i used my HEAD and decided renting would be a better choice.

but as congress and democratically ran companies (fannie and freddie mac) that give campaign donations only to democrats like obama, are told to start loaning and loosening up the money so low income can get home loans its pretty clear what would happen.

with obama getting advice from formal ceo franklin raines who ran the company in the ground.

while republicans tried more then a few times to reform the morgage giants democrats stood in the way because there hands were in the till

chris dod, obama, and kerry
  by: cray0la     09/20/2008 02:01 AM     
I was wondering when you'd come along and try to score political points for the Republicans off a story about people living in tents ...
  by: l´anglais     09/20/2008 02:09 AM     
"but as congress and democratically ran companies (fannie and freddie mac) that give campaign donations only to democrats like obama."

Well, aside from the broken "engrish", I'm sensing your placing blame on the party that's not republican again.

I think we can all agree that special interests are bad, but it's not only "dems" are involved with what you speak of.

Did you just wake up from cryogenic hibernation or did you not notice the 8 years of RECORD BREAKING spending by the "smaller gov" chicken hawk republicans that doubled, tripled and quadrupled stock prices of big donors: Halliburton, Carlyle, Black Water, Exxon-Mobile and etc, by siphoning off hundreds of billions of our tax dollars to them?

"while republicans tried more then a few times to reform the morgage giants democrats stood in the way because there hands were in the till"

What the f-bomb are you talking about??? The crisis had a lot more to do with poor DEREGULATION(republicans specialty) than REGULATION(dems specialty).

Your quite dense. Period.
  by: ukcn001XYZ   09/20/2008 02:34 AM     
lol. Sorry, should have picked up on the sarcasm.
  by: ukcn001XYZ   09/20/2008 04:37 AM     
We'll have a regular Rio de Janiero here...

I suggest ignoring Cray0la, about 5% of his comments are logical, with the remaining falling between "would make sense if it were true" and "complete nonsense." Seriously, reality check...
  by: H. W. Hutchins   09/20/2008 04:57 AM     
  What a way to go out  
Mission complete, destroy Iraq and the US economy too.
Well done!
Anything more before you hopefully leave?
What a legacy you have left, Thanks you are true champion of the people and humanity.
You will be regarded as the most balanced and objective president ever, God bless you.
You wonderful caring man, I remember you helped in Katrina looked after my brother in Iraq after he lost his limbs and had the best treatment for him when he got home.
Even supplied doctors when they could be seen and drugs not at a super high fee.
You are so wonderful.

  by: Thinking   09/20/2008 11:13 AM     
  I like camping, especially if I get to eat cake  
A very special thanks to Cray0la for converting Phil Graham to a Demoncrat. I'm sure he will now be an even greater asset to the McBush's campaign.

I always wondered what it would be like to live in a thrid world country, I guess I'm about to find out. I've been predicting this economic meltdown for over 5 years on SN, warning people to get prepared, I hope you have because, I TOLD YOU SO!
  by: valkyrie123     09/20/2008 05:21 PM     
  ahh yess  
cray0la's crayon only writes in complete nonsense.

lol @ Hutchins. That was good
  by: misscinna   09/20/2008 05:25 PM     
Thanks again for a completely incoherent post about nothing but a pack of lies.
  by: JonSmith     09/20/2008 06:59 PM     
  @two party fools  
Yes... keep arguing. Use this as some stupid forum to blast each others ideas. I mean don't talk about the issue, don't talk about how to fix it, don't talk about the people. Just argue all day for YOUR side.

You're fools electing fools into office. America... the clown police state. Hilariously cruel!
  by: Trevelyan   09/21/2008 08:07 PM     
Nothing to see here. That tent city in Athens, GA has been there since at least 1994 when I got there. I would highly suspect a large number to be the meth recluses of the Cali badlands sweeping out. Not to say that we aren't having severe economic problems, but this is just sensationalist garbage. I haven't seen many people go back to dialup.
  by: lorddaver   09/21/2008 10:22 PM     
I agree. Americans seem to be blind to the fact that there are many more political parties that are more inline with their ideals than these 2 factions they keep voting for every single election... I feel the 2 biggest problems in the US currently are the Republicans and the Democrats. By removing these 2 parties you would essentially be removing a roadblock to real progress in this country.
  by: slavefortheman     09/22/2008 02:37 PM     
It's funny how that works, eh? There really isn't a problem because it's not affecting you directly, and the problem has always been there, so Who Cares?

Maybe you'll start to take notice when you see one of your former neighbors or coworkers living in one of those tents... or maybe you'll just shrug it off saying to yourself "I always knew that guy was a loser"... and then eventually, you'll be the one, asking one of them to share their tent... The hard way to wake up, but I guess the burned hand teaches best.
  by: lynxdk   09/22/2008 03:29 PM     
  Ron Paul: wake up americans!  
Why the heck do u think America is in an economic depression?

Let's see now.... trillions spent on middle-east wars, billions spent on bailing out corporations (using your money) so the rich stay rich but the rest of you get SCREWED, and the federal reserve doing whatever the hell they want.

All of these things Ron Paul addressed and tried to wake the americans up but instead we're glued to the tv sets watching obama/mccain soap operas and talking about palin and her house renovations and gun toting skills. WTF?

Ron Paul laid out the issues clearly so now the choice is up to the people. Vote obama/mccain and the rich stay rich but the rest are screwed. Vote third party and change the system and we can stop America from tumbling down this hole.
  by: calvin0416   09/24/2008 12:00 AM     
There's some bad stuff going down, but seriously, this article is a pile of lies supported by opinions. "Tent Cities"? Seriously this is a disgrace for "journalism" and an insult on the hardships faced by people during the real Great Depression. "Ohhh I can't get the best car wax for my BMW. Apocalypse! It's the apocalypse!"

I'm not saying things won't get worse. But they really aren't as bad as the sensationalist media wants you to believe.
  by: promontorium   09/25/2008 09:21 PM     
Right, so they staged the photos in the source? Made up quotes from people about it? How about you provide some evidence for your wacky media conspiracy theory? Do you have any proof of what you say, or is that just your gut reaction to news you don't want to believe?

Keep at it, promontorium, yours is the head-in-the-sand attitude that got us here.
  by: MomentOfClarity     09/25/2008 09:45 PM     
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