Homeless Americans - Estamos Aqui!

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.

Tags: Homeless Americans, homelessness (all tags)

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Re: Homeless Americans - Estamos Aqui

Following my usual practice when publishing a smackdown diary, I will be sending an email to Governor Deadbeat on Monday morning to inform him and his staff of my dissatisfaction with the performance of his EDD. Since I am unemployed and the director of the EDD is obviously too incompetent or too stupid to run his department properly, I anticipate applying for his job in the very near future.

by Gary Boatwright 2006-04-08 02:10AM | 0 recs
Not Hopeless - Tested

It's merely that they are insane, Gary. A rabid, activist "movement" cult within the American super-rich oligarchy is hellbent on utterly destroying America and Americans, and insists on having the whole country be as insane as they are. They use radio fascists, co-opted, corrupted religion, and demented bureaucrats with ivy league credentials to further their insane agenda.

Forget sending them messages. Struggle relentlessly to survive. Be fluid and situationally aware, and adjust to events as they emerge. Ration your anger. Never say die. Teach the children of the great spirit; teach them how they will one day overcome the Contras.

I know. I have been there, Gary.

This is a spiritual test.

by blues 2006-04-08 07:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Not Hopeless - Tested

Your description is quite accurate blues. The sense of entitlement of developers and other wealthy welfare recipients meshes with the bureaucratic insensitivity of the bored children of upper middle class parents.        

Your comment about teaching the children is quite interesting. I've been getting noticed by the Latino High School crowd, because I stand out from the rest of the homeless Americans with a 2003 Hyundai, $75 cigarette lights and $25 Cross ink pens. I'm actually quite fortunate compared to most homeless Americans.

I look at the families with children lining up for dinner and have to cringe at the thought of trying to deal with children on top of everything else. My situation is a cakewalk compared to theirs.

by Gary Boatwright 2006-04-08 01:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Homeless Americans - Estamos Aqui!

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.

This is absolutely true. Before having children I was a big user of parks and after having them I use them just as much.

It is an ordeal in this country to try to find a place to relieve yourself if you have the deviant misfortune to be out after dark.

People might copulate!

People might sleep!

Smelly people might leave behind smelly turds!

It's fear.  People are cowards and will act decisively and savagely to mitigate their fear. But it's easier if they don't have to look. With things the way they are the greater cowards are winning the day and are pushing aside not quite normal people at home while actively killing them abroad.

I wish you good luck.

by Curt Matlock 2006-04-08 11:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Homeless Americans - Estamos Aqui!

I wish you good luck

Thanks Curt. It's all over but the shoutin'. I contacted the Governor's Constituent Services office and they put me through to the office of the head honcho of the EDD. I talked to a top staffer and my first check will definitely arrive by Tuesday, more likely Monday. I've received permission to immediately fax, rather than mail, my next claim form and suspect I might even receive my second check for $880 next week as well.

I was led to a paralegal who is more knowledgeable in Landlord/Tenant law than any attorney I have talked to. Neither the landlord, City of Anaheim or the State of California have a defense. There is very little question I will be filing suit against all three later this month.

I'm going to suggest that we move straight to settlement. There is absolutely no question about liability.

by Gary Boatwright 2006-04-08 01:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Homeless Americans - Estamos Aqui!

Glad to see that you are making it through this, Gary.  I've been missing you.

by David Kowalski 2006-04-08 02:56PM | 0 recs

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