Mayors of 29 cities say they cannot meet the needs for emergency food assistance, food stamps, and are turning away 25 percent of applicants. There are already 46 million people on food stamps, a former middle class that never asked for any help until now. Federal and states' programs are frayed at the edges.
And the Republicans claim the Democrats are screaming "class warfare"? These figures don't lie. Just where did the GOP expect the unemployed to go? How do they expect people to eat?
Homelessness is at an all time high, especially among returning Iraq and Afghan war veterans. There are over 4500 homeless female vets who are single mothers.
What kind of a nation - and political leaders - allow such hunger in America? What kind of leadership allows underemployed or unemployed mothers with children to get turned out of their homes, expected to live in their cars or on the street?
America is no longer the home of the well to do middle class. Even the Christmas shopping season is experiencing cutbacks. There is buyer's remorse from the Black Friday shopping spree.
Read that as the spouse who didn't go shopping said, "Are you crazy? With the economy going belly up in Europe it's spreading here next. How long do you think we will have a job and can pay our bills? Take that crap back to the store and get our money back. We need to conserve all we can to prepare for the worst."
What is the low-income threshold? It's about $45,000 for a family of four.
How did this happen to middle class America? Pay cuts, forced reduction of work hours, a spouse losing a job, housing costs are now one-third to half of income - instead of the recommended 25 percent - and child-care costs are consuming much of the family income.
With over a million needy in California and high unemployment many families have turned to the desert where there is an old WWII training ground abandoned and being used as a place to park their homelessness.
And President Obama and Congress wonder why writers like me continue to scream at them to stop the foreclosures and evictions? You can't evict half of America and think there won't be bad consequences. Keep up the usual "good work" in Washington, the Do Nothing Congress, and you can expect desperate people to do desperate things come the New Year. It just might be literally open hunting season on politicians.
My suggestion to these arrogant insensitive fools is to hire a personal security force and start wearing bulletproof vests. The American people are getting hungry and finding themselves homeless. When you have nothing left to lose why not do something violent?
How many times do people like me have to warn Washington to change the picture? Quit thinking about themselves and how much money they can make on the stock market from insider trading information. Get busy getting real relief to a beleaguered middle class. Millions of people are suffering.
Right now the Republicans are pressuring Obama and the Democrats to slash unemployment benefits and all federal aid programs aimed at getting relief to those now finding themselves among the low income and poor. So, the Republicans want to punish 146 million fellow Americans for their low economic status?
If the White House and Congress choose to do nothing significant before the Christmas holiday, well, "May God have mercy on your souls." It's an outrage that the terrible suffering in this country has been so long ignored by the Democrats and mocked by the Republicans.