Poverty and homelessness in USA

19 Jan, 2011

SYED MUJAHID KAMRAN

In order to understand global politics, one has to understand the predatory and absolutely inhuman nature of global finance capitalism. It is driven by a highly organised and deeply embedded group of families that operate through secret societies and foundations. No government is allowed to look into the activities of these societies and foundations. These families have been around for quite a long time, some for over two centuries or so, and their activity has a continuity, focus and secrecy that no other group of humans has been able to match. Monarchs and governments work for them, while the global media is their property and tool. World wars, so-called revolutions, the fraudulent war on terror, panics, depressions, all are manipulated and are inexorably leading to one and only one end - a global dictatorship of a few families that possess staggering wealth and want to own and rule the entire globe.

The elite is well aware that the American middle class with its immense talent and integrity, its deep humanity and commitment to truth, has the potential to pose a threat to this predatory system. Therefore they have, for the past several decades, created conditions for the systematic destruction of the middle class of the US. For the past four decades, particularly after JFK's assassination, the elite is relentlessly decimating the middle class in America. Pending complete global conquest, the working people of the US will be subjected to internecine warfare against mankind and economic crises will bring everybody to their knees.

In a painful and angry speech delivered before a stunned Senate last month, Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont, said: "There is a war going on in this country, and I am not referring to the war in Iraq or the war in Afghanistan. I am talking of war being waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country against the working families of the United States of America, against the disappearing and shrinking middle class of our country. The reality is that many of the nations' billionaires are on the war path - they want more, more, more - their greed has no end and apparently there is very little concern for our country or for the people of this country if it gets in the way of the accumulation of more and more wealth and more and more power."

Sanders pointed out that the income of the top one percent had tripled since the 1970s and that 80 percent of all new income generated between 1980 and 2005 had gone to the top one percent. He further added that today, the top one-tenth of 10 percent earns about 12 cents of every dollar earned in America. The American researchers have reported that between 1980 and 2001, the income of people in the US at the 90th percentile rose only 34 percent, but the income of those at the 99th percentile rose 89 percent, whereas incomes of those at the 99.9th and 99.99th percentile rose 181 percent and 497 percent respectively! The rich-poor divide is increasing by the day and more and more middle class families are disappearing in the chasm.

The Federal Reserve has announced that there will be no bailout for state and local governments. It is through the Federal Reserve that the elite control the US. Ellen Brown notes: "Out of the blue it [Federal Reserve] came up with $12.3 trillion in nearly interest-free credit to bail the banks out of a credit crunch they created." This massive bail out consisted of $3.3 trillion liquidity and about $9 trillion in other arrangements. The Fed bailed the banks out because the banks also belong to the families that own of the Fed, or to their agents. But the Federal Reserve has categorically stated that the "states [the US] should not expect loans from the Fed." This is despite the fact that collective budget deficit of the states in 2011 is expected to be around $140 billion only - almost one-hundredth of what has been given to the banks! The masters of the Fed want to keep more and more families on the brink of starvation.

George Orwell wrote: "The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation." As a result, poverty, homelessness and food insecurity have now attained disturbing levels in the US. Statistics released by the National Alliance to End Homelessness indicate that from 2008 to 2009 homelessness in general increased by 3 percent, but among families it increased by 4 percent. However, as noted by Maria Foscarinis: "The alliance numbers capture only a very narrowly defined slice of homelessness; people in shelters or other emergency housing, or in public places. In addition to these increases, the number of families living doubled-up with others due to economic necessity increased by 12 percent to more than six million." The World Hunger Education Service has reported a dramatic increase in hunger in the United States in the last three years - 2008, 2009 and 2010. It reports: "Thus, counting those with low and very low food security in 2008, 17 million households - 14.6 percent of households - were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United States." In 2009, the number of poor increased to 43.6 million up from 39.8 million of 2008. Of these, 19 million live in extreme poverty. Those without health insurance numbered 50.7 million in 2009 as against 46.3 million in 2008.

The huge security apparatus of the US built against "terrorism" will be used for suppressing insurrection and rioting by hungry masses. Eustace Mullins titled one of his non-fiction books There is a gulag in your future. No wonder, Sanders ended his speech with the remarks: "And if we do not begin to stand together and start representing those families, there will not be a middle class in this country." Perpetual war, economic crises, dictatorship at home and conquest abroad make up the strategy of the elite.

The writer is the vice chancellor of the University of the Punjab.

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