Friday, January 03, 2014

Homeless in Connecticut

I'm liking Connecticut's junior Senator more and more all the time. This guy gets it. In order to better understand the reality his poorest constituents face, Sen. Chris Murphy spent the day with a homeless guy. The guy did everything right. He overcame tremendous odds in his childhood to better his life. Then the crash came and he lost his job and his home. Now he's on the street and the paltry $400 a month he was receiving in UI benefits were cut off by the crackpot conservatives in Congress.

Thing is, this "fiscally responsible" policy makes it almost impossible for the homeless guy to get back to a decent life. He's trying to find a job but:
If there’s one thing Murphy took away from the experience, it’s a better sense of how critical stable housing is as a foundation for solving other problems. “Without a place to live, Nick can’t find a job,” Murphy said. “Without a house, it’s much harder for him to kick his drug habit.” But without more affordable housing in Connecticut and funding for the poor, it’s extremely difficult for people like Nick to leave the shelter and break out of the cycle of poverty.
Every damn politician that voted to cut assistance for the poor should be forced to spend a month in their shoes. Maybe that would cure their sociopathic callousness.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The "can't happen to me because I'm so smart and resourceful" syndrome seems to describe most of these people, but I'm tempted to believe many actually want a large miserable, homeless and hungry population. It's a kind of dream scenario for them -- a world where they can lord it over other people.

Sick bastards.

8:57:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I suspect you're right Fogg. Some people don't feel good unless everyone else feels bad.

11:44:00 AM  

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