If the economy is so much better, as most of the press and President Obama would have us believe, why are there still so many tent cities, or Obamavilles, all over the country? Three million more Americans are unemployed today than when Obama took office, and millions more have simply given up looking for work in despair.
The BBC has the sad story of the Obamavilles. Where’s ABC, NBC and CBS?
Just off the side of a motorway on the fringes of the picturesque town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a mismatched collection of 30 tents tucked in the woods has become home – home to those who are either unemployed, or whose wages are so low that they can no longer afford to pay rent.
Conditions are unhygienic. There are no toilets and electricity is only available in the one communal tent where the campers huddle around a wood stove for warmth in the heart of winter.
Ice weighs down the roofs of tents, and rain regularly drips onto the sleeping campers’ faces.
Tent cities have sprung up in and around at least 55 American cities – they represent the bleak reality of America’s poverty crisis.
Read the whole thing, these aren’t occupods, they’re desperate Americans.
Via Frugal Café, here’s a video about a New Jersey tent city from Sky News in December 2011.
President Obama wants us to believe he wants to help the poor. But his policies are making people poor, and it’s only going to get worse as long as he’s in office. Another big-spending, bloated budget isn’t going to make anyone’s life better. What we need are pro-growth policies that will enable employers to create jobs and entrepreneurs to create businesses. That’s when people will get back to work and out of the Obamavilles.
As long as Obama is president and the Democrats control the Senate there will be no hope for millions of Americans.
Update: What happened to President Obama’s vision for America? Video via Mike in the comments. I would argue that we shouldn’t be focusing on the gap between rich and poor, but the number of people who have become poor thanks to progressive economic policies.