Serious poverty is spilling into the middle class.
My significant other - who teaches high school in a lower-middle income area - and her sister - who teaches 1st grade at an upper-middle income elementary school - are both seeing the severe strains of poverty in the faces and body language of many of their students. Last Friday, a mother of three elementary school students showed up at the school begging for help, as she had just fed her kids the last can of green beans in the cupboard. The mother had finally capitulated after losing her job and had been too proud with the false-hope of finding a new job to apply for welfare. The man she had voted for to be President had failed her. And now she was desperate for any kind of help to keep her family alive, while she watched Obama hand out multi-billion dollar Christmas gifts to the big bankers who purportedly were doing "God's work," yet who in reality provide no value to our system and who function as giant leeches sucking the last of the life-blood from the economy before the final collapse.
Christmas was not going to be celebrated by that family. Luckily, the school helped the woman get set up with a welfare application and my sig-other's sister took her Christmas tree over to the family. We all chipped in and purchased clothing and some Christmas gifts for the mother to give to her children this Friday. There are several other families who are facing the same abyss just at this one elementary school. If it's this bad in Denver, I can only imagine how apocalyptic life must be for the millions struggling in other big cities with much worse economies.
With the disasterous fiscal and financial policies that have been implemented by our Government over the past couple of decades, eventually the system was bound to collapse. What really makes my blood boil is the fact that Obama, contrary to the platform on which he was elected, has decided to redistribute the wealth, even more than his immediate predecessor, from the middle class taxpayers to the officers and employees of Wall Street's biggest banks (and to Big Pharma and the defense industry). Obama's blatant disregard for the campaign promises that got him elected is not quite as stunning as is the way in which he has prostrated himself before the Wall Street thieves who paid for his election.
I hope everyone pauses for a moment this holiday season to reflect on the growing millions who will be without joy and festivity over the next 10 days. And while you're doing that, think about Obama and Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon stuffing their faces with a feast fit for kings - bought and paid for with your sweat and labor.