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80% of the US Population is at or below the POVERTY line - WHY is this NOT a National Emergency???

After this thread yesterday regarding food insecurity and food stamp cuts: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024033339

I come across this article today posted by a friend on FB: http://politicalblindspot.com/us-poor/

If you live in the United States, there is a good chance that you are now living in poverty or near poverty. Nearly 50 million Americans, (49.7 Million), are living below the poverty line, with 80% of the entire U.S. population living near poverty or below it.

That near poverty statistic is perhaps more startling than the 50 million Americans below the poverty line, because it translates to a full 80% of the population struggling with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on government assistance to help make ends meet.

In September, the Associated Press pointed to survey data that told of an increasingly widening gap between rich and poor, as well as the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs that used to provide opportunities for the “Working Class” to explain an increasing trend towards poverty in the U.S.

THIS is where I get pissed... WTH is going on when this issue is not seen as a FUCKING Emergency?

Congress and our POTUS are BOTH responsible for the blind eye to what is happening in this country. For years now I have fluxuated between hope and despair, between thinking it is MY fault and that the Fat Cats have us under their heel... I am SICK that my children may never see college, or a real job in their LIFETIME...I am sick that I may never be off assistance even IF i finish my damn degree and put myself more into debt to do so...I am LIVID that nobody in leadership has done a DAMN thing to make US the priority. They are all so FUCKING disconnected, they have NO idea what it is like to struggle daily for YEARS with no end in sight. My parents don't understand how I can be so destitute and my sister can be so well off (but they are living on credit and *so* close to the edge too)...but my parents don't understand this is NOT the world they were able to work and buy a house and pay dr bills and be middle class in.

We have got to stop blaming just one party or just one branch of Govt...and really we should stop blaming just one administration...and really blame gets us nowhere. Personally I'd like to wrap my hands around the throats of those Wall St fuckwads and then pick their pockets.

What will it take? Will we have to reach critical mass and be on the brink of starvation before we 'storm the bastille'...?
I don't know, but I know my rage is getting there ...

Check this out - The Fall of the Goddess (how Earth became Gaia)

This is from the site of a guy named John Lash... I stumbled across him last year and found his stuff to be really amazing and resonant...well, no wonder...

he translated the Nag Hammadi - which are the Gnostic Gospels... and I guess were too 'out there' to be included in the actual scriptures.

anyway, here's a link to the Gaia story (and yes, it is long and involved).
I think it is really awesome to help us see how she came into being the Earth FOR us and because she wanted to evolve WITH us.
It's the story of a goddess who fell in love with her creation...how awesome and beautiful... a celestial love story...



OWS' need to connect...and how?

I am a huge proponent of the Movement, believe me. It amazes me how many people are still holding the OWS'ers in contempt, Maybe I am naieve, but I thought this was about helping ALL of us?

Whether it is stratification in the workforce or society or what, there are more people than we know who are really thinking it is all a waste of time. The MSM has been hard at work making it more about the 'inconvenience' to the others who are just trying to live their lives.

Just tonight, went to the corner store for a pint, the guy there is moving to Portland...
I excitedly said, "Awesome! Occupy Portland rocks... those people are great." (because I have been watching the livestreams and the way they are working together, and respecting the process, and also because there are a few DU'ers here that are from there, and I adore them)

he said: with a cynical laugh... "THOSE people need to just go away...my girlfriend lives up there and she is warning me that they shut things down, they screw things up in traffic...they are a pain in the ass... I understand what they mean to do man, but they are just screwing it up for people who HAVE jobs because they don't WANT to work."

I was shocked and tried to be calm in defending the movement but let it go without knowing what to say next. I tried to say that we are changing the world so tu will cause inconvenience...he said peaceful protest is great...but it doesn't do anything but make it worse for the rest of us...blahblahblah

Are you guys hearing these comments from others? What do we say to remind folks we are ALL corporate slaves, whether we are in dire straights or not THIS month...next month it could be you...and it needs to CHANGE
How do we get the rest of our 99% to realize they are not as good off as they think they are?

...*sigh* late nights rants...let's see if you guys get what i mean... lol

December 2011 ~ Visionary & Dreaming Thread ~ (DU3 version)

Blessed be the darkest night
and let us praise the return of LIGHT

This month, let's enjoy our time within the dreaming cave as the longest nights approach

...and then, as the tide turns, let us share how the LIGHT shines into our hearts once more
reminding us that hope and brighter days are ahead!

Blessed Be all your Hearts in this season of Light shining through the darkness!
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