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Homelessness grows as more live check-to-check
USA Today ^ | 8/12/03 | Stephanie Armour

Posted on 08/12/2003 7:04:53 AM PDT by Gothmog

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:41:03 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Homelessness in major cities is escalating as more laid-off workers already living paycheck-to-paycheck wind up on the streets or in shelters.

As Americans file for bankruptcy in record numbers and credit card debt explodes, more workers are a paycheck away from losing their homes. Now the frail economy is pushing them over the edge. With 9 million unemployed workers in July, the face of homelessness is changing to include more families shaken by joblessness.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2004pres
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Hmm, let's see. You don't think there's a GOP President with an election coming up, do you?

"The findings are from a 2003 survey of 25 cities by the U.S. Conference of Mayors."

A good source, these mayors wouldn't happen to be overwhelmingly liberal Dems, would they? Since they're the mayors where most of the homeless are, why don't they do something about this.

Oh, I forgot, that would ruin the political shot at Bush.

1 posted on 08/12/2003 7:04:54 AM PDT by Gothmog
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To: Gothmog
" one of his homeless clients lost his job and is living in his Mercedes, which is paid for, while he seeks employment."
2 posted on 08/12/2003 7:08:20 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Join the Democrat party......be a COMMIE in drag.)
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To: Gothmog
Actually the statistics are true, last night in Denver bush only had 350 supporters show up for his benefit, only 1 million raised and there were over 4000 protesters outside with signs that read, "Where is my job?". Open your eyes and your ears and pay attention to your fellow man.
3 posted on 08/12/2003 7:10:25 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: Gothmog
Yep, we all know what the solution to this problem is. Elect a Democratic president, and presto! The homeless problem is gone! Or at least it disappears from the newspapers.
4 posted on 08/12/2003 7:11:01 AM PDT by Joe Bonforte
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To: Gothmog
Of, course, the homeless problem only occurs when a Republican administration is in the White House. Otherwise, there's nary a mention of it in the press.
5 posted on 08/12/2003 7:13:30 AM PDT by tdadams
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To: Gothmog
'But my kids, if they become successful, they won't look down on people who are poor.

I grew up poor - dirt poor, often wondering where the next meal was coming from. This was due to a father who wouldn't keep a job more than 6 weeks and a mother who refused to work. I quickly learned what not to do, and have been successful in my own life being the opposite of my parents. I'm sorry, but I do look down on poor people - most of the time, it's their own poor life choices that put them there.
6 posted on 08/12/2003 7:14:05 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (where is Count Petofi when we need him most?)
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To: harpseal; A. Pole; crazykatz; MelBelle; autoresponder; sarcasm; hedgetrimmer; Willie Green
"As Americans file for bankruptcy in record numbers and credit card debt explodes, more workers are a paycheck away from losing their homes. Now the frail economy is pushing them over the edge. With 9 million unemployed workers in July, the face of homelessness is changing to include more families shaken by joblessness."

More families with children are homeless. This is not an increase due to more drug addicts. This is an increase due to unemployment. These Americans are not even included in the statistics anymore.
7 posted on 08/12/2003 7:14:07 AM PDT by LibertyAndJusticeForAll
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To: samuel_adams_us
I'd find it somewhat eye opening if you actually had a credible source for that 4,000 figure. But only because libs don't usually bother with the facts.

How about it, got a source for that or did that figure just pop into your empty head?
8 posted on 08/12/2003 7:14:26 AM PDT by Gothmog
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To: Gothmog
This article makes it seem there are throng of Americans losing their homes on every corner and selling appcles from carts on street corners.

9 posted on 08/12/2003 7:15:05 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: LibertyAndJusticeForAll
"These Americans are not even included in the statistics anymore."

Then how do you know there's been an increase?
10 posted on 08/12/2003 7:16:23 AM PDT by Gothmog
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To: samuel_adams_us
Maybe those 4000 protesters might find a job quicker if they spent less time protesting at RAT sponsored protests.
11 posted on 08/12/2003 7:16:41 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: Gothmog
I know of three relatives that have just exhausted their unemployment benefits after being laid off last year.

They thought they would just be able to "walk into" another job but are finding that they can, if they want to take a wage cut of up to 75%. Plenty of $6.00 "stop and rob" clerk jobs available...
12 posted on 08/12/2003 7:20:05 AM PDT by Brian S
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To: Gothmog
I'm referring to the unemployment statistics. At some point, people fall off the stats. The number of Americans under-employed is not shown either.
13 posted on 08/12/2003 7:20:08 AM PDT by LibertyAndJusticeForAll
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To: finnman69
Maybe if there were jobs to be had, they would be looking. It's the chicken and the egg problem and btw, more than half of these people were registered republicans so before you type cast someone, know what you are talking about.
14 posted on 08/12/2003 7:20:31 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: Joe Bonforte
People I talk to are saying more and more that they think they would do better under a democrat. If the the economy does not get better Bush will have problems next year.
15 posted on 08/12/2003 7:21:16 AM PDT by scottlang
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To: Gothmog
KHOW radio news this morning. It will be in the papers today and I will send you the headline. Only 350 people were there for bush, I know, I was one of them.
16 posted on 08/12/2003 7:21:20 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: Gothmog; samuel_adams_us
Come on Gothmog,

Don't you know its the President's job to provide jobs for people? You know, from each according to his ability, to each according to his need? Its right there in the Constitution, isn't it?

Have some compassion already.
Nevermind that you're getting taxed to death to pay for "social programs" at both the state and federal level, and probably donate at work and at church, its still you're fault!

I bet you're a white male too.

</end sarcastic rant>
17 posted on 08/12/2003 7:21:24 AM PDT by babyface00
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To: scottlang
Let'em say that. When the next terrorist attack sends the economy back into the dumper, we can ask them what in Hades they were thinking. While more of us look for work, that is...
18 posted on 08/12/2003 7:22:44 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: babyface00
No, but it is the job of the president to look after the best interest of the citizens of this country and employing chinese and indians is not. Even Alexander Hamilton knew about tariffs and fair and free trade.
19 posted on 08/12/2003 7:23:04 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: Gothmog
"People think we get homeless because we're irresponsible, but it's hard finding jobs," says Brochu, 29, ... Nearly a quarter of Americans would be late on mortgages, rent or other bills if a single paycheck were delayed

And that's not irresponsible? Have you never been introduced to the concept of a savings account?

20 posted on 08/12/2003 7:23:20 AM PDT by tdadams
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To: Gothmog
Sounds like what I used to read in the 1980s and early 19902. Then, magically, poof! No more mentions of homelessness until the last couple of years. Now, why could that be?

Btw, any fool who claims that homelessness just suddenly ends during Democrat administrations and resumes under Republican ones clearly has never spent any time in San Francisco.

21 posted on 08/12/2003 7:23:29 AM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: Gothmog
There was no homelessness during the Clinton administration. Everyone knows this.
22 posted on 08/12/2003 7:25:01 AM PDT by ShandaLear
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To: samuel_adams_us
It will be in the papers today and I will send you the headline

It's in the papers today. From the Denver Post: A crowd of about 100 protesters stood outside the Wings Over the Rockies Museum, their view of the president blocked by strategically parked buses.

23 posted on 08/12/2003 7:26:51 AM PDT by willieroe
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To: finnman69
Oh, come on. They were probably paid to be there. The Rats were just doing there part for the homeless.
24 posted on 08/12/2003 7:27:15 AM PDT by ShandaLear
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To: samuel_adams_us
. . . there were over 4000 protesters outside with signs that read, "Where is my job?".

As if the President is going to provide them all with a means to earn a living. Unless all 4,000 of these people had sent in resumes for positions on the White House staff, they were wasting their time.

25 posted on 08/12/2003 7:27:16 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: samuel_adams_us
When did George Bush start hiring Chinese and Indians? Is this on his ranch?
26 posted on 08/12/2003 7:28:03 AM PDT by babyface00
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To: mewzilla
Homeland security, my home land is not secure if the bank takes it.
27 posted on 08/12/2003 7:28:34 AM PDT by scottlang
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To: willieroe
I looked like more than 100 to me and from what I heard on the radio, it was 4k. Either way 350 show up for bush and 100 are there against, man can he draw a crowd or what?
28 posted on 08/12/2003 7:28:54 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: mewzilla
Exactly. President Bush will ensure that we are never attacked again in any meaningful way - the saudi scum have got the message now!
29 posted on 08/12/2003 7:29:07 AM PDT by fortaydoos
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To: babyface00
he hasn't hired them, but he has allowed big business to send the jobs overseas, actually having our people here, US Citizens train the scum from overseas and the president has done nothing, neither has the rest of our government all the while the amount of unemployment goes up, the deficit goes up and the president sits silent.
30 posted on 08/12/2003 7:30:29 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: samuel_adams_us
You must have heard wrong, this is from the 8/12/03 Denver Post:

"A crowd of about 100 protesters stood outside the Wings Over the Rockies Museum, their view of the president blocked by strategically parked buses.

"The protesters, critiquing everything from the war in Iraq to high unemployment, waved signs such as ones reading "Bush lied, thousands died," and "Impeach Bush."

"Within five minutes of Bush's departure from Lowry, rain started falling and a double rainbow appeared a few minutes later. Bush's plane lifted off from DIA at 7:10 p.m."

According to your figures that means the Bush contributors outnumbered the leftists 3-1. No mention of any 4,000. And they certainly don't sound like they were half Republican, either.

Time to check your meds.
31 posted on 08/12/2003 7:30:49 AM PDT by Gothmog
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To: samuel_adams_us
Sure they were. I bet you polled them yourself, right?
32 posted on 08/12/2003 7:30:52 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: scottlang
A bank taking your home would be your problem. National security is everyone's.
33 posted on 08/12/2003 7:31:09 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: finnman69
I forgot to ping you for post #31.
34 posted on 08/12/2003 7:31:57 AM PDT by Gothmog
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To: samuel_adams_us
Bush is not sending jobs to India and China. Why don't they go protest at IBM? (answer: because they are Democrats and it's an election year)
35 posted on 08/12/2003 7:32:03 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Wasting their time until election day, you see the nice thing about the United States, you can be dumb, poor and a loser but you still get to vote. Some of the rich folks here need to remember that. You can have all the money in the world but a pissed off populace will get you moved out of the white house by Atlas van lines.
36 posted on 08/12/2003 7:32:53 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: Gothmog
Surprise. Sammy is wrong again.
37 posted on 08/12/2003 7:32:53 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Gothmog
The news is the truth. And it is bad. Whining about your dislike of the messenger changes nothing.

Grow up and face facts.
38 posted on 08/12/2003 7:33:14 AM PDT by Tokhtamish
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To: samuel_adams_us
he hasn't hired them, but he has allowed big business to send the jobs overseas, actually having our people here, US Citizens train the scum from overseas and the president has done nothing, neither has the rest of our government all the while the amount of unemployment goes up, the deficit goes up and the president sits silent.

So why did you give Bush $2000, since you said you were one of the 350 there...?

39 posted on 08/12/2003 7:33:24 AM PDT by willieroe
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To: Gothmog
I was there, friends of mine who are registered repubs, former software engineers, were protesting while I was inside. BTW, make fun of me all you want, it just shows you lack of emotional intelligence.
40 posted on 08/12/2003 7:33:50 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: samuel_adams_us
Perhaps you'd like the government to give everyone a job. Or maybe we could pass some more laws.

I have the sneaking feeling you call yourself a "conservative" or "libertarian".

41 posted on 08/12/2003 7:34:05 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
Absolutely ditto. I grew up poor as poor gets. I learned that success in life was only going to be by my own determination.

I look down on most (not all) poor people because most don't have the good sense to quit making stupid decisions that keep them poor.

42 posted on 08/12/2003 7:34:17 AM PDT by tdadams
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To: Gothmog
Here's a thought. Cut the property tax by, say, drastically cutting teacher/administration salaries. Oh. You can't do that? That would be insensitive? Sorry.
43 posted on 08/12/2003 7:34:51 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: samuel_adams_us
Give it up. You've been busted. 4000. Sheesh.
44 posted on 08/12/2003 7:35:20 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: willieroe
I paid my 2k for dinner, I was there in support, I am saying this because Bush only picked up a million bucks in the war chest and it worries me.
45 posted on 08/12/2003 7:35:26 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: AppyPappy
Registered Repub, same as my father, grandfather, etc.
46 posted on 08/12/2003 7:35:58 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: Gothmog
But then they were beset by personal financial problems, which caused them to miss house payments.

How nebulous can this author get? She's almost putting up a neon red flag to the fact that she's deliberating obscuring some facts and mitigating the family's own culpability in their situation.

I'd like to know just what these mysterious "personal financial problems" were.

47 posted on 08/12/2003 7:37:37 AM PDT by tdadams
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To: samuel_adams_us
Some of the rich folks here need to remember that.

I would venture to guess that most of the people you refer to as "the rich folks here" aren't really rich at all. In fact, many of us are tired being called "rich" (and told to pay taxes as if we were).

Wasting their time until election day, you see the nice thing about the United States, you can be dumb, poor and a loser but you still get to vote.

Anyone who approaches life with an attitude like that is probably going to be dumb, poor, and a loser no matter who they vote for. Which means they are wasting their time even on Election Day, too.

48 posted on 08/12/2003 7:38:12 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: KellyAdmirer
All the more reason not to give the Dims an excuse. Bush needs to address unemployment. His economic team just keeps saying that everything will get better soon.
49 posted on 08/12/2003 7:38:41 AM PDT by LibertyAndJusticeForAll
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To: samuel_adams_us
Whoopee. So is David Duke and so was Jacob Javits. Anyone can register for a party.
50 posted on 08/12/2003 7:39:00 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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