When I saw this story of homeless junkies living inside graves, I wondered if I had entered a time warp. Had I moved ahead a few years to see what had been written about the Clintons?!
No such luck.
I’m still in the present. However that future may still befall America’s most notorious criminal family.
The real story is titled, ‘The Iranian Living Dead’ – Homeless Junkies Living inside Graves Draw Widespread Reactions in Iran. (IFP) showcased what could have been Hillary’s America.
Shahrvand newspaper on Tuesday, December 27, published an article about the life of homeless people who have to sleep in prefabricated graves in a cemetery near the Iranian capital at the freezing nights of winter.In reaction to the report, acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi wrote an open letter President Hassan Rouhani, which reads as follows:“Today, I read this moving report about the living conditions of the men, women and children who sleep in prefabricated graves in one of the cemeteries in the outskirts of Tehran to brave the freezing nights of winter.Now, I am overwhelmed by shame and have a lump in my throat. Through this very letter, I would like to share with all those who have held positions over these thirty some years [after 1979 Revolution], this feeling of embarrassment and shame.I know certain pseudo-politicians will exploit such reports for fanning the flames of their abrasive political wishes in the upcoming election campaigns, but these flames would do no warming for the feeble bodies of the children, women and men who lie in the graves or in parks or beneath city bridges these nights.
This story could just have easily been written about America’s homeless.
CNS discussed the rise in homeless among students:
The number of homeless students is steadily rising in this country, up 38.44 percent since the 2009-10 school year, based on data submitted by state and local education agencies, including those in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Education Department says 1,301,239 homeless students were enrolled in the nation’s public schools in the 2013-14 school year, the most recent year for which numbers are available.
That’s a 6.67 percent increase from the 1,219,818 homeless students enrolled in 2012-13; a 14.86 percent increase from the 1,132,853 enrolled in 2011-12; a 22.09 percent increase from the 1,065,794 in 2010-11; and a 38.44 percent increase from the 939,903 in 2009-2010.
The greatest growth in the most recent school year was seen in preschool-aged children and ninth grade students.
Here’s more documentation of Obama’s stellar record on homelessness:
The New York Times profiled the homeless young and concluded “those who can move back home with their parents — the so-called boomerang set — are the lucky ones,” but that is often not an option for some who have to couch surf or sleep “hidden away in cars or other private places, hoping to avoid the lasting stigma of public homelessness during what they hope will be a temporary predicament.”
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, over 610,042 people experience homelessness on any given night in the US.
By the numbers:
- In January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States.
- Of that number, 206,286 were people in families, and
- 358,422 were individuals.
- Roughly 15 percent of the homeless population – 83,170 – are considered “chronically homeless” individuals.
- Around 2 percent – 13,105 – are considered “chronically homeless” people in families.
- About 8 percent of homeless people- 47,725 – are veterans.
Back in Feb., Obama released his final budget proposal. The budget called for $11 billion in funding over the next decade to address homelessness among families. In order to understand this number, you must understand what we already spend on the poor.
As Huffington Post reports:
Federal funding for programs addressing homelessness is at its highest level ever, according to a report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness provided to The Huffington Post.
Through several initiatives by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education, targeted U.S. spending for the current fiscal year is $4.5 billion.
So we currently spend $4.5 billion annually on the homeless. Yet, Obama wanted another $11 billion over ten years to add to the budget.
The story in Iran continues,
According to this report, the name of one of these men is Arman (which literally means Ideal). He is one of those who endure the penetrating cold of winter nights in Tehran graveyards. As the report said, these people are living the death! I cannot forget Arman, a forgotten ideal found in graves. Shame on us!
There have been rulers throughout history who would disguise themselves in plain clothes to walk in the society without being surrounded by their toady entourage to directly see and feel people’s pains. I propose that today’s officials may do the same in order to make some changes in a history that would leave the future generations stunned to read.
Is this the promised city? Is this the city of ideals?”
I would ask this question of Obama supporters differently.
“Is this the change you can believe in?”