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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Is there any reason to be homeless?

In the US, running out of money can definitely cause homelessness. And there are lots of ways to run out of money. Lots of ways bill can get too big to pay. Lots of ways income can vanish. When you can’t pay your mortgage or your taxes or your rent, you become homeless. More and more, our politics is designed to remove safety nets and punish the unsuccessful. The people Donald J. Trump calls ‘losers’ aren’t just homeless. They’re often hungry and ill. And they are often victims of street crime.

The fear of running out of money is very great in the US. The stronger that fear gets, the fewer people want to pay taxes to keep a safety net in place. It’s a deliberate, vicious cycle.

Answer by Ed Caruthers:

In the US, running out of money can definitely cause homelessness. And there are lots of ways to run out of money. Lots of ways bill can get too big to pay. Lots of ways income can vanish. When you can’t pay your mortgage or your taxes or your rent, you become homeless. More and more, our politics is designed to remove safety nets and punish the unsuccessful. The people Donald Trump calls “losers” aren’t just homeless. They’re often hungry and ill. And they are often victims of street crime.

The fear of running out of money is very great in the US. The stronger that fear gets, the fewer people want to pay taxes to keep a safety net in place. It’s an evil cycle. And it’s intentional.

Is there any reason to be homeless?


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