One Big For-Profit Prison

Senator Bernie Sanders: “We are producing enough to feed the hungry and provide what people need, yet our economy works day after day to make billionaires richer.” 7/27/16

I counted eight today that I witnessed along my path en route to my work space. Some days there are many more wandering about, some lifeless, some searching through the city trash cans. The second one I found was not disheveled. Seated in front of a newsstand, she looked to be in her 30’s and had a baby in her arms. I read the cardboard box top with the words, “Please. Anything. We have nothing left.” I walked by and then stopped to turn around deciding that the $20 I had put in my pocket to pick up some lunch would be put to better use by this mother. “Thank you. Thank you. God bless you,” she said. Half a block later, tears welled in my eyes as I crossed the path of another young person who was seated, staring into the sky. His bruised and scabbed, dirty face told me he had been out of sorts for a long time.

Next, I heard a group of wanderers yelling at pedestrians from their perch on the sidewalk: Market St homeless_380

Later, I found some people working at a job that seems to come from a bygone era, shoe shine. Do they earn enough to eat and live in this expensive city?

Market St Shoe Shine

Many people work several jobs to survive and others study to find a better life. I found this young one on a MUNI train fast asleep with his phone in one hand and a plate of food in the other.

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I think about the gluttonous mass of wealth of several of the human cancers walking this earth like the man who was recently nominated by the RePugnican Party and how little they give to others. He is known to take from others, cheating the small businessperson and workers who have had the misfortune to be hired by this horrible man. If he ever gets into power he will demand that people like the homeless mother and child are deported or put into one of his buddies’ for-profit prisons. In fact, I’m quite certain that if he makes it to the White House, this entire nation will become one big for-profit prison.

Taj_Mahal_Atlantic_City_New_Jersey copy              Homeless at BART 380

Senator Bernie Sanders: “We are producing enough to feed the hungry and provide what people need, yet our economy works day after day to make billionaires richer.” 7/27/16

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