Closing Thought–23Feb21

As the pandemic rages we hear horror stories from every angle…..the cases, the deaths, the job losses, etc……but there is one aspect of life now here in the US that gets very little airtime or ink…..the situation of homelessness.

AS more and more people are losing a job….they are resulting into extreme living conditions….

For months, Nicholas Atencio and his girlfriend, Heather Surovik, spent nearly every minute of their lives together in a 2000 Cadillac Escalade.

After Atencio, 33, lost his job as a plumber in May, he and Surovik, 36, delivered for Grubhub by day and at night curled up with their puppy on an air bed in the back of their car parked in a lot in Longmont, Colorado, dreaming of being reunited under one roof with Surovik’s teenage son who was living with his grandmother.

“I’m a mom, so I want to fix everything and make it better,” Surovik said. “It’s hard when you don’t have the means to do that when you can’t do anything because you don’t have anything.”

Americans are being driven into their vehicles by COVID-19 pandemic-fueled woes. And their ranks are likely to grow as the government safety net frays and evictions and foreclosures rise.

It is time that the government address homelessness in all phases…..ignoring the problem has not solved it.

Americans do not want to know about this situation…..for it flies in the face of all the propaganda that they are bombarded with every day.

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“lego ergo scribo”


17 thoughts on “Closing Thought–23Feb21

  1. We have many people living in tents in London. Initially, the government put them in hotels, as a propaganda exercise. But then they closed the hotels…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. This is a nightmare that many Americans have been living, and been blamed by many other Americans as the cause of their own suffering, for many years.

    My landlord has repeatedly insisted that, having worked with homeless people, “they are in their comfort zone,” and want to be in that situation. Never having been in that situation, and of course, being sure that only the undeserving arrive in such a state, discussions around this topic have been rather frustrating for both of us.
    How to get people to see that “but by the grace of God, there go I” just as those who, according to my llrd, “do not believe hard enough?” (and more such privileged positivity propaganda, which works when you are blond and have never missed a meal in your life, having gotten rides to your jobs and lived in an apartment with the deposit paid by your school principal!)
    Sorry for the rant, here, but I am so frustrated trying to get certain people to understand that it is not even possible, for many of us, as it was for them, and that yes, racism really does still exist, and harm many people.

  3. Throwing money at the problem of homelessness won’t solve it either. One problem is that there are enough welfare dependent people out there who wouldn’t work a job if one were offered .. they would rather live off the dole and have spent generations becoming comfortable with their situations. Those who have legitimate needs in this regard will fall through the cracks because the government will always focus relief efforts in other directions … such as sending billions of dollars to overseas venues … where they will be appropriated by rich dictators and other such offal.

      1. Most people who “Need” assistance need it because they are either hung up on something addictive or are too damned lazy to work or made bad choices as they were entering adulthood. I am in communication with once such case in a southern state right now … always in need of something … never quite making it from day to day … always dependent on somebody else …There are a lot of leeches and losers lose in this country and I am not in favor of enabling any of them. We need to restructure our assistance programs so that it can be assured, beyond a shadow of doubt, that only those who have actual needs they cannot supply for themselves receive any assistance at taxpayer expense.

      2. THe leeches are the wealthy that prey on the poor….I have worked with people that need assistance and they are not all that lazy….the lazy are those pampered rich kids that get famous for being on social media. chuq

      3. I used to know a lot of welfare queens and a lot of welfare bums who actually bragged that they would never punch a time clock in their lives ….In fact, back in 1981 I actually lived, for a year, in a town that was populated predominantly by these third-generation welfare dependents. Their main occupation was smoking dope and getting drunk and procreating.

      4. All the welfare queens I worked around were white trash…..dope is always going to be where poverty is rampant….chuq

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