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Groups of people setup in tents under I95.
I'm afraid that you are trying to reduce a very complicated problem (homelessness) down to a simple, trivial matter. Good for you that you go to work every day and receive a paycheck and can afford your own things. Thankfully, I am also able to do that. Thankfully, I have a family who loves me and would never let me sink to the depths that some people sink to. Thankfully, I don't have a serious mental illness that prevents me from living any kind of stable life. I won't make any assumptions about your life and what you've gone through. Maybe you haven't had it easy but found a way to get through. Or maybe you've been really fortunate all along. Either way, every person's situation is UNIQUE, no matter how similar it may seem to yours.
Also, please consider that 1 in 6 homeless persons is a veteran! They served this country, in whatever capacity, and because of things like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are unable to truly lead stable, healthy lives. There are many reasons for homelessness. Writing everyone off as lazy is just a convenient way for people to not think about the root causes of these problems!
If they are homeless, that is unfortunate. That still doesn't make it OK for them to infest our neighborhood with their tents, scare our children and degrade the entire fishtown/port richmond area.
it is only a matter of time before a local from the neighborhood crosses paths with one of these "tent dwellers" and gets into a fight or gets robbed. Is it going to take someone getting killed down there for it to get the proper attention?
i encourage you to listen/read the Adam Corolla interview regarding the occupy phenomena
First, I want to say that you can thank the city for having a lack of shelters and programs for the homeless. The largest mens' shelter, on Ridge Ave. is closing down soon too. In my dealings with people who are homeless, I have found the vast majority to be very nice, pleasant people, but I realize some do have very serious drug and mental health issues. Sure, I can understand your concern. To be fair, I have not been to this site under I95. All I know is the homeless have to have somewhere to go.
Also, I took your suggestion and read about what Adam Carolla had to say about Occupy Wall Street, however I found it to be very out of touch with the reality of what is going on. A couple thoughts:
1. The NUMBER ONE misconception about the people participating in OWS is that everyone is lazy and unemployed. I cannot give you any kind of statistics, but I would bet you that well over 50% of people involved in some way are at least part-time employed. I, for one, have been involved but on a limited basis, as I do have a full-time job. I know many other people participating who are fully employed or working part-time. Also, many are going to school full-time and are concerned about never being able to pay off student loans because of a lack of quality jobs. I have to laugh every time when someone yells out "Get a f**king job" or something equally as ignorant.
2. I realize that there are constant references to the "99% vs. the 1%", but really this is about CORPORATE greed and the influence that corporations and their lobbyists have in our government, to the point where elected officials are not doing what's in the interest of the masses. I'm sure Mr. Carolla is doing quite well for himself. However, as far as I know, he did not become wealthy by dubious means and by exploiting millions of people. Although I'm not a fan, people obviously like him a lot and support what he does, and that has allowed him to make a lot of money. And maybe he does pay his fair share of income tax. On the other hand, we have the banking industry, corporations, Wall Street, etc. You have companies like General Electric and Bank of America who paid ZERO in taxes last year (this has been all over the mainstream media), due to tax loopholes and breaks. You have multinational corporations that exploit workers in this country and around the world, not paying anything close to a living wage, despite making billions of dollars and giving CEOS multi-million dollar bonuses.
3. Occupy Wall Street has NOTHING to do with envy/jealousy. This is not about the lower/middle class wanting to be just like the rich, so we can all drive a Mercedes around town or sip $100 glasses of champagne, or own a million dollar mansion. It is about the fact that families are drowning in debt, struggling to keep food on the table and struggling to keep their homes. Are you telling me you don't know a friend, or a family member, or a neighbor, or anyone who is trying their best but still can't make it, while the executives in the industries that led to the economic downturn are laughing all the way to the bank? This is not about getting something for nothing. I, personally, am not even participating to better my own situation. I'm doing fine - full-time job, good benefits, no debt. It's about justice, plain and simple. Sorry, this is probably more than you wanted to read. I just really disagree with the points that Adam made, and I know that his view of the occupation is unfortunately not uncommon.
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