Poverty, Politics and Profit

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Submitted by phaster on May 11, 2017 - 7:05am

anyone else watch the PBS program about "Poverty, Politics and Profit?"


Affordable Housing Program Costs More, Shelters Fewer

On the south side of Dallas, Nena Eldridge lives in a sparse but spotless bungalow on a dusty lot. At $550 each month, her rent is just about the cheapest she could find in the city.

After an injury left her unable to work, the only income she receives is a $780 monthly disability check. So she has to make tough financial choices, like living without running water.

Every day, she fills bottles with water from a neighbor's house and takes them home. She washes her hands with water heated in an electric slow cooker. She uses a bucket to flush the toilet.

"I'm tired, but I don't have nowhere to go and I don't have enough money to do it," she says, fighting back tears. But she adds, "I'm not living on the streets. I'm not homeless."

Eldridge is among the 11 million people nationwide making these kinds of choices every day. The government calls them "severely rent burdened" — people paying more than half their income in rent.



IMHO this is yet another corruption/mismanagement issue that is going to contribute to TSHTF


When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his proposed budget last week, he called a $176-million effort to battle homelessness his top priority, highlighted a $35-million plan to mend broken streets and promised $2 million to clean up graffiti.

He did not mention the expenditure that dwarfs all of those combined...


LA, San Diego, Dallas, Chicago, etc. different places, same big problems!

Submitted by sdgrrl on May 11, 2017 - 8:43am.

I wish I had seen it. Will probably watch it tonight. Thanks for the suggestion.

I have two pretty severe disabilities- some of you are probably not surprised lol.

I had to take a 4 month leave and then a three week leave from my job within the 7 years I was there. Thank God I was in mgmt, so I received my full salary. Every day was and still is a fight.

My doctor has mentioned a few times from over the course of my first leave to the present, potentially I may want to apply for SSI. I just can't do it. Not until I am thinking I am Superman on Market Street. There is no trust fund and I will work till I die. The thought of living off of $750-$1200 a month scares the sh*t out of me.

For those on SSI you better hope you have a spouse, partner or family member who can help you out- let you stay with them, or you will really be screwed.

The life of someone on SSI and who is single is a life of fear, poverty and instability.

I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy...except maybe just one.

Submitted by harvey on May 11, 2017 - 9:35am.

He did not mention the expenditure that dwarfs all of those combined...


20% of LA's budget goes to pay people who stopped showing up for work a long time ago.

Submitted by phaster on May 14, 2017 - 3:47pm.


I said it before and I'll say it again, I anticipate interesting times ahead all because shit for brains politicians are more interested in covering their own back sides than admitting anything is wrong w/ the way they setup/operate-portfolios and award themselves compensation/pensions

for example we see in local news


Supervisors raise their own pay in face of opposition

As some citizens yelled “shame on you,” San Diego County Supervisors voted Tuesday to give themselves a 12.5 percent pay raise,...

The move increases the supervisors’ salary by more than $19,000 and also raises their pension.


where the mindset of TPTB is to hide figures from the voters/taxpayers and hope that somehow the issue magically gets better/fixed OR at least goes away on their watch


‘OMG,’ ‘WTF’: Emails Show SANDAG Knew Forecasts Were Wrong, Went to Voters With False Promise Anyway


as for mitigations/solutions (to the public pension issue and its fallout), well all I can suggest is a have personal hedge in place so that its possible to run just a bit faster that the other guy because as the joke goes about two guys camping in the woods, the survivor is the guy who didn't get caught and crushed by the bear (market)

Submitted by CA renter on May 19, 2017 - 2:03am.

harvey wrote:
He did not mention the expenditure that dwarfs all of those combined...


20% of LA's budget goes to pay people who stopped showing up for work a long time ago.

I've been too busy to check in lately, but just had a moment to stop in and saw this most recent error of yours, Pri. As usual, you seem to take enormous pride in broadcasting your ignorance.

As stated multiple times before, a public employer does NOT pay pension benefits to those who are already retired. The pension costs noted in any given year are for those who are currently employed. These costs are calculated as a percentage of the **current employees'** compensation.

Just needed to correct you, yet again. Maybe someday you'll decide it's best to do some fact-checking before you post. That goes for your "invisible friend" gogogosandiego, too. You (and your alter-ego) have a particular knack for consistently getting things wrong.

[Though I've been told to stop feeding the troll (you), I couldn't let this one slide by.]

Submitted by harvey on May 23, 2017 - 3:31pm.

CA renter wrote:
That goes for your "invisible friend" gogogosandiego, too.

You were always a fanatic but it seems you've spiraled into downright creepy.

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