Homeless Americans - Estamos Aqui!
by Gary Boatwright, Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 12:09:34 AM EDT
March was an interesting month. Since February 23rd I have been wrongfully evicted from the sober living house I was living in, had my unemployment checks hijacked by one or more malicious state employees at the EDD, been intentionally and maliciously lied to by an Orange County employee at the welfare office on Walnut Street when I tried to check on the possibility of receiving a small cash assistance or food stamps and been wrongfully evicted from a hotel where I had paid for a full week.
I'll be providing additional details of my sojourn through the strange world of homelss Americans in the coming days and weeks. For now, a brief summary of my current situation.
I was hoping to receive my unemployment check in the amount of $880 for the two week period ending 3/18 yesterday. On Monday, the 11th of April, I will also be in arrears for a second two week unemployment check for the two week period ending April 4th. That means the Governor owes me $1,760. If The Porkinator is having a cash flow problem, the usual solution for debt this large is to send your old lady down to Hollywood and Vine to raise enough money to make it right. Maria Shriver Kennedy Schwarzenneger is a little too skinny for most guys and hardly a knockout, but she should be able to do fairly well for herself at the world's oldest profession. Even if she's no Monica Lewinsky, just the prestige of getting your knob polished by the Governor's old lady should be worth something. Heck, I might knock the odd $60 off the Governor's tab for a quick hummer myself. That's just the kind of guy I am.
What I have been able to verify, as a homeless American over the last five weeks, is that America has intentionally designed and created a permanent underclass for economic and sociological reasons that serve the purpose of affluent Americans.
As a fan of Thorstein Veblen and John Kenneth Galbraith, I have been wondering if there is both a psychological and sociological requirement for a caste system in all societies. The most formal class structure was probably the one designed and created by India. The British had a more informal, but no less distinctive class structure. When America was founded the Indians could not be properly domesticated so we imported a slave class from Africa.
Homeless Americans serve a number of important functions in American society. Primarily homeless Americans give everybody else someone to look down the nose on with contempt and self satisfaction. Some of the worst offenders are low income Americans who are only slightly higher on the economic and sociological scale. The primary role that homeless Americans serve is as an object of contempt for all other Americans to look down their noses at and treat them like dirt.
America needs to start treating homeless Americans like dogs. Virtually every single American city and County devotes more resources from both the private and public sector attending to the needs of pets, farm animals and even wild animals than they do to serving the needs of homeless Americans, who have committed no crime except the unforgiveable sin of being bad consumers. Homeless Americans are not allowed to sleep anywhere. We are not allowed to use the public restroom facilities of the vast majority of businesses. Most businesses do everything they can to prevent homeless Americans from using their restroom facilities for the simplest matters of personal hygiene. Some businesses strip their public restrooms of paper towels and toilet paper.
Laundromats are one of the worst offenders. Many laundromats have installed the locks that require a quarter to open the door. I even was in one laundromat that had turned off the water and another one that locked up the restroom completely, so even their regular customers could not relieve themselves while doing laundry.
Most communities have gone so far in removing any and all places for homeless Americans to sit down and locking up public restooms in parks, that even the taxpaying citizens are inconvenienced. In their efforts to force homeless Americans out of their communities, many cities have rather dramatically lowered the ability of all of their citizens to enjoy living in their own city. Many cities have gone to such extravagant lengths to disable the ability of homeless Americans to survive that I believe it approaches a level of clinical insanity.
I have a simple announcement for all Americans:Estamos Aqui!
Get used to it and get over your bad selves. We ain't goin' nowhere without just a little bit of financial help. Let's start giving homeless Americans a hand up, instead of a jackboot in the face.