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  •  There are way too many people in binds like (3+ / 0-)
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    your friend finds himself.

    We, as a society, have to do better. I don't have many great ideas about how to deal with the greed of those who want to slash and cut social benefits. It is going to take many of us acting collectively to overturn the present situation.

    The rich have devised clever ways to factionalize our society. Undermining our educational system, beginning with "set theory" instead of regular math was a beginning. Then, a step at a time, our schools have grown less academic and more prone to rote learning and segregating students who are learning-challenged and behaviorally challenged by labeling them as such, even with borderline children.

    I think schools have been forced to do this by cleverly devised financial incentives, set to undermine public education. If a student needs remediation, that is more money for a specialized teacher, and more funding for the school system to meet the 'need'. It also makes the case for charter schools to deal with these children appear more necessary, and raises public taxes in a financially constrained era.

    Privatizing prisons is another social wrong. Big money is going to corporations who run for-profit prisons. Once in the correctional system, it is difficult to get out, and even more difficult, in this very difficult job market, to find employment once you are branded a criminal in our society. This keeps people enmeshed in lower socio-economic brackets who would otherwise have a decent opportunity to have a decent life.

    Ostracizing gays and demoralizing women are other tools in the bag of tricks to factionalize us. We have to be like the tree standing by the water and not be moved by these ploys. It isn't always easy when the rich control media and buy influence through elections.

    But if we stand strong, eventually the social pendulum swings back towards sanity. The situation will correct itself. I hope it is sooner rather than later for people like marabout and your friend.

    You can't go back and rewrite your past, but you can use your past to create your future. ~ Ray Lewis

    by 4Freedom on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 04:41:06 PM PST

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    •  I wanted to update you on my friend, he just (1+ / 0-)
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      called and fortunately his Aging Office caseworker found a place for him to live until the housing authority has an opening for a seniors HUD apartment. He will have his own bedroom with a lock and he can use the kitchen and bath facilities in the house.  The owner lives downstairs and she rents to seniors who do not require or do not qualify for nursing homes or assisted living. This woman is an angel as she owns a boarding home for seniors or disabled plus rents out 2 rooms to seniors not needing the extra staff services.

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      by wishingwell on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:49:19 AM PST

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      •  That is a wonderful resolution. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm very happy for your friend, but I wish he wouldn't have had to suffer the fear of uncertainty about his living situation.

        As a society, we can do better.

        You can't go back and rewrite your past, but you can use your past to create your future. ~ Ray Lewis

        by 4Freedom on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:13:22 PM PST

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