I agree with chet123. The public is easily led and manipulated to act against their own best interests. The Republican party protects the interests of the wealthy and the corporate world, but by pairing patriotism and God with the Republican party, the wool is pulled over their eyes. I laugh when the majority of downwardly mobile people become riled about the very idea of taxing the wealthiest 1% of the country (at their own expense), while Wall St. and the corporate world are stripping this country of workers rights seeing how much further they can push people down without them objecting. Throw around a scary word "Socialist" when you want to get rid of teachers and public education. Call services and enough workers to police corporations for compliance, or to over see whether children are abused in homes, etc. the "nanny state". Scare the foolish public into believing nonsense while society continues to become unraveled, while the middle class slides into obscurity and the wealthiest classes piles of cash rise. Will people wake up or continue in a stupor to not rally for their own interests? We shall see.
Thank you for your informative article and highlighting the issue of homelessness, putting a face and humanizing these people who have addictions, biological brain disorders,etc. which result in their being lost in this society which often seems so uncaring and so unkind. I remember walking across the Walnut St. bridge and saying hello to what appeared to be a homeless man sitting on one of the benches. You could almost see a light in his eyes for just having someone not look past him as though he were invisible. Sadly, this is the stance that many people take as they just accept homelessness as a "normal" state of being and these people as being dehumanized and not worthy of notice.