I asked my pal in Illinois why the area he lives is so sparsely populated and yet Chicago (the nearest very big city) is bursting at the seams:
"They move to the city for jobs, but ...
Even the city jobs are few. America isn't what the rest of the world envisions it to be any more. I just read an article recently which said Americans need to realize that the 'golden' age of America is over. Many, many people live in poverty...homelessness is on the rise...food banks are needed everywhere...many children are lucky to have one meal per day...and that's the meal they get at school.
All of the good paying jobs have gone to China or other countries who pay their workers poorly. Our workers need to make $25.00 an hour just to live a basic life. Most people here just get by. Our school system is failing....our government is failing....my State is bankrupt....the list goes on and on. Just like all of the great empires...America is in decline and will cease to function at all .... at an alarming rate from what I can see. I feel sorry for the children of today. For most of them a job will be at a Sprawlmart (Walmart!) making a low wage and living in one room."
Same here, I fear. Except the minimum wage is barely £7 an hour. Both the state and people are in debt - that's where the money goes. I can practically live on fresh air, because I have no debts and make virtually everything I need, though the council taxed me a fortune in 'council tax' while I had any savings.
I share your concern for children. The most responsible couples are seriously doubting whether they can have children, and nanny the state supports the resolutely useless ...
One of the good things about poverty is the chance to realise you can do nearly everything yourself.
For their physical and mental health, people need to to have fulfilling, creative lives. The Corporatocracy, and the even more sinister trillionaires that control them (and control the financial institutions) want mindless, alienated, obedient drones putting bolt B into nut C2 127 times a minute until the factory hooter goes. Then the drones can be brainwashed by advertainment on TV until it's time for their bedtime cocoa/prozac.
Fortunately we have the internet whereby the non-rich can freely share information, ideas, support and creativity. I have no doubt that the ultra-rich will attempt to monopolise the internet ...
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