Despite unprecented levels of labor-saving technology and aggregate wealth, the privilege
-induced rent-wage gap
continues to paradoxically create the deepest levels of poverty precisely where wealth most abounds -- just as Henry George
said it would:
-----------------------------------http://www.prisonplanet.com/new-yorks-homelessness-worst-since-the-great-depression.htmlNew York’s Homelessness Worst Since The Great Depression Zero Hedge
March 6, 2013
State and local governments nationwide have struggled to accommodate a homeless population that has changed in recent years – now including large numbers of families with young children. As the WSJ reports
, more than 21,000 children – an unprecedented 1% of the city’s youth – slept each night in a city shelter in January
, an increase of 22% in the past year; as homeless families now spend more than a year in a shelter, on average, for the first time since 1987. New York City has seen one of the steepest increases in homeless families in the past decade, advocates said, growing 73% since 2002, and “is facing a homeless crisis worse than any time since the Great Depression.
Homeless advocates said the Obama administration has focused on more visible problems, such as those sleeping on the streets, taking resources away from families. The steep rise has reignited questions about whether New York’s economic turnaround of the past two decades has helped the city’s poorest residents as they note (despite today’s Dow record highs), “the economy is nowhere near where it was.
The blame apparently
lies at the cessation of ‘entitlements’ as the DHS adds, since the end – in Spring 2011 – of a state-funded program that subsidized rent for people leaving shelters; homeless families have gone up 35%; but they also added that the city was working to find employment for the homeless, “a long-term solution.” Boston and Washington DC are also seeing homeless numbers surge.
]http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/nyregion/in-new-york-having-a-job-or-2-doesnt-mean-having-a-home.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0In New York, Having a Job, or 2, Doesn’t Mean Having a Home
By MIREYA NAVARRO
The New York Times
September 17, 2013
On many days, Alpha Manzueta gets off from one job at 7 a.m., only to start her second at noon. In between she goes to a place she’s called home for the last three years — a homeless shelter.
“I feel stuck,” said Ms. Manzueta, 37, who has a 2 ½-year-old daughter and who, on a recent Wednesday, looked crisp in her security guard uniform, waving traffic away from the curb at Kennedy International Airport. “You try, you try and you try and you’re getting nowhere. I’m still in the shelter.”
With New York City’s homeless population in shelters at a record high of 50,000, a growing number of New Yorkers punch out of work and then sign in to a shelter, city officials and advocates for the homeless say. More than one out of four families in shelters, 28 percent, include at least one employed adult, city figures show, and 16 percent of single adults in shelters hold jobs.
Mostly female, they are engaged in a variety of low-wage jobs as security guards, bank tellers, sales clerks, computer instructors, home health aides and office support staff members. At work they present an image of adult responsibility, while in the shelter they must obey curfews and show evidence that they are actively looking for housing and saving part of their paycheck.
Advocates of affordable housing say that the employed homeless are proof of the widening gap between wages and rents
— which rose in the city even during the latest recession — and, given the shortage of subsidized housing, of just how difficult it is to escape the shelter system, even for people with jobs.
“A one-bedroom in East New York or the South Bronx is still $1,000 a month,” said Patrick Markee, senior policy analyst with the Coalition for the Homeless, an advocacy and housing services group. “The jobs aren’t enough to get people out of homelessness.”
And what does the Keynesian
-dominated "Left" propose as a solution? To implement still more cosmetic reforms that, as such, only perpetuate
the failed and morally bankrupt policy of taxing the privately-created values of labor
to death while leaving the publicly-created location value of land
comparatively untaxed, even though that's the very anti-Georgist tax policy that created this mess in the first place!
And what does the Austrian
-dominated "Right" propose as a solution? To make publicly-created land values even more
privatized than they already are, even though this will not only make the rent-wage gap
even wider than it already is -- and thereby make the society-destroying wealth-and-income gap
even wider than it
already is -- but force governments to rely even more
on job- and small business-destroying taxes on labor and capital than they do now!
How much more ridiculously concentrated
must wealth and income become in the hands of a privileged
few before a critical mass of people finally awaken to the fact that Democrat-vs.-Republican is not
the only "false paradigm