This is untrue for all 'poor Americans'. The author is focusing only on the poor as centralized in ghettos or poor neighborhoods. Once again people are missing an entire demographic of poor Americans that travel seasonally staying either in shelters, sleeping outside (urban camping etc) or staying on the road as Rainbow family or the like or just 'traveling kids', which can also be refered to as 'travelers' in general but one must distinguish on is referring to a poor, neo-hobo type of traveler. Usually a mix of metal head, punk and hippy as well as hobo influences. These people are usually intelligent, interesting, creative or very drunk at least most of the time.. most of all they are tribal, self sufficient and function as a unit much better than other kinds of 'poor people' who live in ghettos, grottos etc or stay in shelters.
Alot of these people have either been to EU or would like very much to escape to a foreign country. Especially now as the country has gone from a beat down by Bush and all that mess right into an economic mess making any healing from the past administration almost impossible.
Travelers are people who know how to take advantage of what American freedoms are left and live off the land or travelers resources in a time of great strife nationally. They always have and they always will. If anyone has told me stories about how to catch a freighter out of here to Europe, its this crowd.
Its like we dont exist. There are plenty of poor people who live on the fringes out of necessity but dont feel badly becuz most AMERICANS dont understand us either. They actually believe in America that if you are happy while being without a home and poor that you are doing so by choice. Americans naturally percieve poverty as a state of strife as well as secretly something that one should be penalized for. This is why America is not surviving this very well.
In New England our ways of preserving what we have or being frugal naturally make us more resilient. Certain areas have ways of surviving poverty as they have always done so.
One example of why America fails at hard times is my visit to Cali. In southern California they still do insane things like use water spraying machines to wash the sides of buildings as they seem obsessed with making everything look clean...too clean. They build outrageous things that either are totally not utilitarian or wouldnt survive an earthquake anyway. Parts of America like this are stuck in the 60's and 80's when people could afford such overboard luxuries. They live that way naturally by their culture. Then they complain the state is broke. To a New Englander they were stupid in the first place by not placing thier original wealth wisely. Its all private money out there anyway so no one cares- if you cant survive you just leave or suffer badly in poverty.
There isnt even a test for us to have our environmental footprint measured as travelers who piggyback on alot of services already in place like sharing rides or eating leftovers or sleeping outside or in places where many people will use utilities meant for one person etc. Becuz no one wants to acknowledge that there is a sensible alternative to being poor in the USA.
That is why the grotto people she speaks of would never consider leaving the USA. They are stuck in that mentality here and they know the culture. I dont think many French poor would just agree to trot over here either. I wonder if the culture exchange would be worth it. France may have poor people but culturally they may be richer than even well to do Americans.
Its sad that many TI's are now being destroyed further by these new set of problems in society that makes it hard for them to get back up again.But if you know this system you know that is why the campaigns were started in 2003 and that is probably why anyone who was looking ahead took bribes, payoffs or sold other out becuz people looking ahead probalby saw that hard times were coming and get all you can get to survive them. TI's are people who got hit during Bush and circumstances now guarantee thier total destruction and the ultimate ruination of thier lives. Its engineered that way, it was planned ahead. The system knew that knocking people down who had no way out during Bush would ensure they did not get up again during this mess.
Emotionally TI's could not possibly recover with the fascism that is still in place. And the same Targets cannot recover financially but emotionally due to how the culture is reflecting how bad the economy is.
Many TI's were so wounded and abused during Bush that there is no recovery from that and if there was we are not going to get it in this current state of affairs. More people who are not targeted are taking up space in shelters- not just whistle blowers and other kinds of TI's as well as yer other demographics of 'homeless' people.
The system knows that. They know that this phase will only destroy a TI emotionally and mentally even moreso. That is why so many Targets claim thier campaigns became 24/7 in 2003. When the people responsible for this kind of action do indeed put thier plans into action, they do not f*ck around or leave results to chance.
Many Americans in this position desperately want to live somewhere else, perhaps somewhere more adult that understand standing up to a govt or corruption can land one in these circumstances, so not to judge by appearance alone as Americans naively do.
Its no surprise that Indian women give me money while panhandling much more easily than westerners do. You can tell they know a woman is out on the street due to corruption. With Eve Teasing as bad as it is in thier culture, they know what women are put through realistically by those in power.
Americans turn a blind eye to such age old realities due to wanting to believe they can control and fix all problems. If anyone should be assisted while homeless its women. Yet more shelters are for men and more shelters that allow freedom of daily movement are for me. Womens shelters focus on pushing housing as well as having women stay in or come in earlier. Many women like myself cannot adhere to such a schedule and get things done nor can we stand most homeless women who are either in there for housing only or to get thier kids back.
Many women I have talked to want to leave. The question is not if we can get there, the question usually is if things dont work out or we cant survive in a particular culture, how the hell would be get back? As well as would we be protected as foreigners considering many of us are poor, female, no families and usually ignorant of language or foreign culture itself.
If you google 'poor americans leaving usa' or 'poor americans emigrating to europe' nothing comes up with those exact phrases. Its as if the concept does not exist. The reason is that America does not want its poor to leave. It keeps people here and it controls its poor so tightly nowadays that they are often treated like prisoners. I just an hour ago walked out of Catholic Charities in Somerville due to being thrown out after stating that they were a private company that gets govt funding and they mistreat us as children or prisoners, after calling staff on screw up.
Where is someone like me to go except to follow good weather so I have an alternative when the staff mess with me and I usually leave?
My only thought is to try the traveler/squatting lifestyle in Europe where over here its said its more of an acceptable lifestyle. But how to know that is true enough to just go over there empty handed? I know any money I get here is worth almost half as much there. Well...can I pan handle in EU? Or as a foreigner could I survive better or worse?
These are things many poor Americans are sincerely considering.
Again the continued con job that started during Bush wants to blame just the economy. Americans have survived many hard times and did not leave the country. There has to be something else going on..and there is. What started with Bush has made being poor in America almost like being in prison and its not getting any better. I mean really poor with no family or anything to lean on. Its a sneaky part of behavior modification and that goes specifically for TI's. If held off from economic growth or treated so badly as a poor person maybe the TI will move on and focus on getting a job and survival instead of whistle blowing on what happened during Bush that was so brutal to knock us down to begin with, which is kind of the same intimidation towards the entire nation in the same way. You cant focus on Bush when you have to focus on survival now.
Its a con job. So that means TI's have to suffer through yet another administration to get their stories out becuz giving in to mind games is not the way to get justice for ourselves. Some people may see it as lazy or giving up with this 'why dont you move on?' attitude. Why? becuz the system wants me to so that means its what I SHOULD NOT do in the interest of ultimately doing what is right which is to expose what went on during Bush.
If that means moving abroad to write a book more easily then that is what I should do. If I can be left alone more often and hassled less in EU trying to squat and write then that is where I should go. Charles Schlund stated that if you are targeted in the US, the use of tech to torture is less outside the states. I dont know how true that is for every Target.
These are just the circumstances they need to have TI's in behavior mod programs leave behind thier old lives permanently and become 'new people' as is pushed so hard. I personally am not going to fall for it becuz I find it amusing that a woman this poor, a supposed nobody with nothing, could be given such a hard time over a book that supposedly no one will pay attention to anyway. The money that is put forth to ensure my silence is much more than it would ever cost to house me or feed me in a year...and one must as what is the source of that money. If its govt money at any level then there is yer problem right there with what is wrong with America. If its private or corporate the same applies but then one must really ask why waste so much to silence someone who supposedly is meaningless?
That leads me to believe that I as well as other TI's must fight through any circumstance in any country or culture to accomplish whatever it is that this system seeks to block so readily wherever we go.
I have thought of approaching the overseas option by going to embassy or consulate here and asking if any programs exist for the poor to go overseas. Many Americans like myself are very ignorant of the way the world works or how to go about such things. This is done from the time we are young. There is no class in public school that encourages my class of people to think about international travel at least when I was young. In fact, history teachers used to lie to us to keep us ignorant. I will never forget the teacher who told me that no one knew what occured before Christian history in say, ancient pagan European countries at the same times as the ancient classical cultures we were studying, more frightening is that he may have been that stupid and was honest in his answer!
True historically we have always been the takers of immigrants not other way round but people have been leaving since Clinton and I think now that I see why and wish I had as well.
But for some of us these are the front lines and leaving now would be like leaving unfinished business. Its exciting to think that, if we did accomplish our goals like an expose against such odds and oppression, that it could be the ultimate stab in the eyes of this dragon at such close range, as to finally get a blow in that will do some real damage instead of just infuriating the beast moreso into oppressing us more.
There is a cultural shift that disgusts most real Americans right now. Only evil Americans or people who are totally ignorant as to what is really going on or those who feel helpless to take action are allright with being here now. Many people who are fine financially want out as well due to how disgusting this country has become to any true, real American citizen who represents what was fine and good about our culture. Its not just economically driven.
I read these sights about how to leave and it makes my eyes well up. No one should have to flee thier homeland under such duress and circumstances, especially when no one is admitting that it is an exodus of sorts to escape oppression. NO ONE is really presenting it that way but that is exactly what it is.