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kickysnana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 05:52 PM
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Why oh why America?
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 06:33 PM by kickysnana
A child who's parents are unable to take care of him is taken away and given to foster parents who in several states have no oversight and in a lot more little oversight. That child is dumped on his own on his 18th birthday without the $200 prisoners are given.

So the kid manages to get a job at a local gas station but the manager has sticky fingers and fires people to cover it up so the kid has not job and no reference. Kid runs out of friends and swipes a box of trail mix bars to keep from starving gets caught, gets charged now has a record and no chance of a job.

Kid turns to prostitution, kid gets pregnant or if it is a guy gets AIDS. No abortion young woman! She does get welfare for a few years and help (haha) finding a job and help (haha) with daycare and struggles on but then reaches the limit and you can repeat the above and her kids are taken away and you start at my first sentence. Over, and over and over.

That is if they are not killed by a pimp or drugs used to numb them to their life of hell with no support or move in with someone who gets busted for drugs and has nobody to turn in to get a plea deal. In that case I think even social security is gone.

They are cutting everything and it is swallowing not only the poor but the middle class youngsters. Many kids get into trouble before finally straightening themselves out but that requires some way to get food and shelter and the jobs they can get do not pay for food and shelter and they are stuck day after day, year after year.

The American dream is dead and this slow motion fascism started with Reagan and is pretty well in full force now. Japan has to and China is going to dump US Bonds and they printed way more dollars than could keep the dollar stable. We have a jobless recovery and no reform of that recovery nor has there been any punishment, or accountability for those who have caused this.

I have nieces and nephews who even with parental assistance are floundering and yoyoing back home dejected and broke. We grew up upper middle class. My siblings and I are educated and have held jobs until now. They are planning to cut SS because they spent it all and cannot replace it and being low income disabled I was not allowed to put anything aside for other retirement while I worked a few hours to pay for my ever increasing copays and disallowed medical costs.

How long can this go on before all the people but the top 5% say enough! and try to turn things around? Obama had a choice he could have saved the economy by giving back to the people who would recycle the money and rebuild the economy or give it to "save" the banks who have done nothing to improve the lives of Americans and spend millions to lobby for more fees from us.

I am tempted to write up a flyer to put on all the cars I see out my window at the Fitness Club. How can you spend money to exercise when babies are dying from no milk under the new reformed budget? Would I change any minds?

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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 05:56 PM
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1. Heartbreaking - k&r
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2gabby Donating Member (115 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:06 PM
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2. If you wrote that, and they read it? Maybe. nt
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2gabby Donating Member (115 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 12:10 PM
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10. in case that sounded flippant
I wanted you to know, I really did mean it, that someone might be moved. What you wrote touched my heart. I was still thinking about it. Best wishes to you. :pals:
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:38 PM
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3. Obama has stood by while the friends he has in the higher offices of
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 07:41 PM by truedelphi
US Treasury and the Federal Reserve gave nine to thirty trillion of dollars to the Biggest Financial firms. None of which have seen fit to loan any money back to us on Main Street.

Please, if you are disbelieving of what I am saying, read up on WSJ releases for week of Dec 02 2010.

And don't start posting that the money has been paid back already. It hasn't. The Wall Street firms have indeed given us an offering, of dubious value, namely "collateral" which consists of gawd knows what type of spam and baloney CDO's etc.

Sort of like me sending the student loan people my used telephone books, collected over the past several years, and saying, "You know those ten thousands of dollars I owe you - they are paid now."

Except in the student loan case, the phone books do contain some info that does have some value.

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PJPhreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:08 PM
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4. This is Me...
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 08:18 PM by PJPhreak
"A child who's parents are unable to take care of him is taken away and given to foster parents who in several states have no oversight and in a lot more little oversight. That child is dumped on his own on his 18th birthday without the $200 prisoners are given."

I was 19,and the State of New York got me a $2.35 an hour job and a $35 a week SRO Room,After 11 years of Foster Homes,Group Homes,Residence Schools,The County Childrens Shelter (Kiddie Prison).

No Aftercare

No Counseling

No Nothing!

Just drove to my "Interview" and to my new "Home" one Thur Afternoon...On Fri I was on my own.

They Call it "Aging Out"





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kickysnana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 09:20 PM
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5. Glad you are here. Thanks for posting. n/t
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 09:56 PM
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7. That is an aspect of homelessness that I want to highlight. Most people have no clue.
And furthermore, if here is any indication, they don't WANT to have a clue.

I'm very sorry for what you went through, and I hope things are better now.

You have expressed it very well, and I hope you can do some speaking about this!!

:yourock:
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roamer65 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 09:51 PM
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6. Don't worry, World War III will soon provide jobs for everyone.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 10:19 PM
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8. What you are saying is so very important! This needs to get out, and it needs to be by someone
who is passionate like you are.

There is another DUer who has been working on this issue, but I haven't seen her around in a while.

Thannk you so much for posting this! :hug:
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 10:28 PM
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9. k
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raouldukelives Donating Member (945 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 12:14 PM
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11. K&R
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