An Underclass View of Poverty and Violence

January 10, 2012

An Underclass View of Poverty and Violence.

When I was a young child about 13 or 14 I made home deliveries on a bicycle for a corner drug store 3 blocks from home. I also delivered newspapers. In my upper teen and early 20’s there were many job opportunities in the many American businesses and industries nationwide. My mother and father both had jobs and just about anything worth having was made in America. Drug use and gun violence in American cities was never as high or out of control as they are today. There were fewer prisons and criminals. Local businesses and banks supported the common good of the local community. Business owners and bankers earned a small fraction of what is earned today, but everything was cheaper then, Including labor. As businesses grew and merged into corporations and multi-corporate conglamorants driven by the never ending growing profit margins, product cost and labor cost also got higher. In the old days, not so long ago, you could get your milk raw and meat fresh, bread was baked daily all around town. Stock holders and insurance companies were not figured in the cost of health and food or cost of living in every aspect of American life as is today.

After World War Two, America and its allies went to work rebuilding Europe and American Capitalism got refinanced. Americas Military Industrial Complex that fought and won two wars (Japan and Germany) retooled to rebuild Europe and build and transform America. The American Nation building provided jobs for anybody that desired work. There was so much work and building and manufacturing that any and everybody who wanted to work could find a job, with or without an education. Before this time the American people who were not fortunate enough to get a decent job that paid enough to house and feed their love ones, labored to live by any means necessary. It took from the end of World War Two to around the 1980’s to completely rebuild Europe and Japan. America completed the construction of the Interstate Systems nationwide in the 1970’s.

During Nation Building times Americans had a dream. The dream was, if you study and work hard in America, you can work your way from the bottom to the top or at lease live decent and in order. Since 2008 that dream has been destroyed and in 2012 it is being ignored. We are and have been bombarded with mis and dis information since 2008 and at the end of each and every fake crisis we have been saved by a democrat or republican. The economy …, well somebody pull the emergency brakes on the U.S. economy when the current President took office. Job growth in America stops its slow growth and went in reverse nationwide many people suffered and more are suffering still. If these people are helped by the Federal Government with jobs and or unemployment benefits, is that Welfare or socialism? Millions of people without warning found themselves jobless and hopeless for the first time in their lives.

Poverty breeds violence we hold it to be true that all mankind want to and will protect and serve their family by any means necessary. We have enough violence in American society because of the lack of employment. I don’t think the American people can wait until 2013 or 2014 to find jobs. The job creators need to be about creating jobs. I know that job growth will stimulate the economy and possibly help the President’s reelection chance, but it may help millions of Americans in 5 or 10 years.

Because of the new world market, global financing and technology the type and amount jobs are cost and profit driven. It seems the only way Americans can get control over cost and profit and bring jobs and the money back to America is if the new world economy fails.

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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

That's when politicians learn that wars bring prosperity. After destroying you have to rebuild. Germany, Japan are perfect examples of this logic.

The American war effort of the ww2 gave an undeniable impulse to the economy.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Yes, but we could have that pulse now too! Renewable energy: fixing up America! mean green and lean. Instead we have the old oil guard c*ck-blocking progress! Koch-Suckers to be exact. And this is no play-on-words,it fits! The old guard are phallus worshippers--going way back, and they have pushed and pushed and pushed their way. Remember the Doors song?: What have they done to the Earth? Raped her and pillaged her.

Why do you suppose they raped Ghaddafi before they killed him?

Why do Skull and Bones have these weird sex ceremonies in a coffin?

The name Koch Brothers is no coincidence. It's destiny.

And Lady Apacolypse doesn't like to be raped. Remember that old commercial: "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature"....

Reaping time has come. Or, as Rev Wright so accurately said: Our chickens have come home to roost.

Great Hub Junko. I remember that America too. They swindled it, the b*st*rds.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Obama at EPA: "I don’t buy the notion that we have to make a choice between having clean air + clean water + growing this economy"

THIS is how pols used to think!!


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junko 4 years ago Author

Maxoxam 41, thanks for commenting. Now America is too big and powerful for war with anybody but Nuclear powers and that would be M.A.D.


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junko 4 years ago Author

lovemychris, thanks for the comment and the encouragement. Keep standing, you are heard.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Not for long...I'll be arrested soon for my opinion if the politically-correct have their way ;) Not to worry: They could care less about free speech. See you later Junko!!


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

junko, good read, laid out well and opened for me confusing views on several levels,I took an arbitrary number of 1956 and the US population was 170 million vs today at approximately 311 million and that gives me a thought that we are double + 30 million since the days that I'm guessing that you are referring and the days that I was just 8 years old and considered myself a little entrepreneur where I drug a toe sack and picked up soda bottles at .02 cents a pop and at 50 bottles I had a buck, a "silver certificate buck" and I rarely could rouse a 95% silver dollar at the little town bank, but every so often they had one and I'd get it. Mostly I'd end up with 2 .50 cent pieces or 4 quarters. I don't know bout every one but has the price really got high or the dollar just got devalued? I mean those silver dollars, last time I checked were 24 pieces of paper. As a kid my dollar got me a pack of smokes .30 cents, box of 50 22 rifle cartridges were .11cents, a gallon of gas for my little scooter .19 cents and a 12oz Coke and a big candy bar both a dime, and I paid sales tax and still ended up with a nickle or so. Now these are just what I kinda remember. All that were it still available in quality and the same size like the candy bat you'd have to buy two "jumbo" bars at 1.50 each to get the same volume, but I'm just driving at getting the same stuff today would take about 95 percent of the value of a silver dollar. I'm not in anyway picking at this fine writing, I'm sorta thinking out loud, that the government has screwed us soft and slow they took the silver or the value out of our coins, they outlawed the personal possession of gold eagle coins and gold bullion or ingots and wanted it all turned in and they melted it down and did what with it? I look at the American government as a shell game, and the nut is never under your pick because it's not anywhere. Same deal with a 95 percent silver dollar, if it was the standard and still available a person working for a hundred silver dollars a week would have $2,400.00 before taxes. On that line of thought I'd be happy with the minimum wage of $1.17 that I was paid on my first job in silver, heck that's about $1125.00 a week before taxes. So they crafted a plan to suck the value out of our money system and people like George Sorros has it and the Skull and Cross Bone Society are the organ grinders monkeys, they are happy to dance to his tune when they find out he's kicking the real deal, solid gold under the table. JFK and family had all the gold they needed and Kennedy was going to out the society so they killed him. Obama is of the Chicago mob and they didn't invite him to the party, but he knows about them and he's getting gold and his family and him have blatantly lived his first term in the manor that a family hitting the power ball lottery for 10 million pieces of paper would live who got the money and a couple of jets and helicopters at their beck and call for free travel when and where they want to go. I don't think it was in the plans for him to win, and the morning after he got what they were sure Hillary would win, all were shocked and as stated they went into cock-blocking mode and have shut down congress for the duration of either getting a guy like the front runner Romney, who is a Democrat/Republican/conservative/progressive multi talented monkey and they are betting he will/can beat Obama. I think this is wear the fat lady sings and Obama gets term two because he has another out of sight society backing him and it's not racist like the oil boys and Obama will implode this country if he gets term two. As I sit and watch, I'm not too sure that, that won't be a great thing to happen. I see where it will be a catastrophic result for people who don't have their stash off shore and jump a jet out of the following hell that will be cut loose on American soil. A new set of survivors fighting for all they can get and come out on top of a destroyed infrastructure that will need a total overhaul worse than it does now. I just spent a few weeks on the road hunting in a few states to fill my freezers for a two year supply of enough to take on 15 or better extra people to sustain them in food long enough that the worst is winding down and they will be able to go in and start the heart of the American dream all over again and get off the list as problem people and make their list of the cock-blockers and do what it takes to make sure it doesn't take a life of slavery to live free of the current government that hold their heads under water. Obama had three houses of government for his starting time and nothing happened, now Boener has the house, and after a lot of hot air, he has done nothing, seems like total grid lock under unexplainable reason for nothing changing or even moving, I don't get it past the people in power are at a stand still by outside forces.

Peace,

dust


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junko 4 years ago Author

Dust, I always look for your take on my views, they are always non-partisan and honest. I’ll try to clear up my view finder where I think you think we see different. Yes, 1956 is in the ball park I referenced and the population of America was about ½ of today’s population. Since then the world’s population may have doubled. I believe, I might be wrong, but the dumping of the Gold and Silver standards for what is called Fiat(Printing money backed by America might and power), helped jump start capitalism and America’s financial might. There wasn’t enough gold or silver found then to fund American Capitalism. Good or bad we are stuck with paper money. The monies paid in salaries and bonuses in America’s financial markets the last few years could not be paid in America’s silver and gold back then. In the world today everything is bigger and cost more including the people. More people, more products, more jobs and more Fait. You expressed doom and gloom at the end of your comment. Maybe you’re right and the living will have to bury the dead and rebuild in the dark. Those that survive will be willing to share, and metals and paper money will be worthless, may God have mercy on our children’s children and their children or my people will humble themselves and pray.


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Nice to see you again, Junko, we have to recognize that our economic problems unlike previous downturns are far more serious and are structural, requiring a different way to go about solving old problems. Technology, and the Global marketplace has made the value of labor (the measuring standard) decline to the point where our ability to maintain of current standard of living is at risk. How do we even begin to combat this?


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junko 4 years ago Author

Credence, The only way we can began to combat the problems of the present economic down turn is to do what we did at the end of WW2. The government employed the people with programs to build the infrastructure of this country and a WPA type programs is needed today to rebuild and repair the Nation's infrastructure. The demand to cut government jobs at this time is political and not helpful to the economy, in fact it makes things worst econoically. There will soon be an interruption and failure of the World economy which will allow for change in demands and in product and labor cost. Made in America must be our goal again. We are now and have been for years making less money, but less is better than none at all. Thanks for the comment,Credence2.


real man 4 years ago

Dear junko.From my perspective I believe we are all starting to buy into the big lie.Everybody want answers but nobody wants TRUTH.We tell our kids it's wrong to lie,steal,kill,etc be faithful,committed & all that good stuff but we're not with their momma's or daddy's or we don't spend time with them to share our values with them & impart into them by EXAMPLE what a real man or woman is supposed to look like or live like,be responsable and what the benifits of hard work is all about and that it does pay off.Because if they knew that when a man or woman gives all for their families what they get back in return or start to become far out weighs the sacrifice because it's priceless. We wonder what's wrong with them, when we can't tell them the difference between right or wrong,man or woman,good or bad,etc. We want them to have hope but we offer none nor any real answers. Because apart from GOD this is all thats left. You see we all have opinions and that doesn't mean it's right or wrong;example, my dad said if u got what I want to just take it or beat u up for it and your dad said it's wrong to steal,kill,wrong your fellow man etc.so apart from GOD who's to say what your dad taught u is right and what mine taught me is wrong? So until we discover what TRUTH is agan,all we could do is wonder what's next or walk around like a chicken with no neck. So lets start by offering real men and women with truth and a word that lines up with our lives and I bet with my life the rest will fall in place,Because GOD will continue to bless AMERICA and our babies.


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junko 4 years ago Author

real man, I think you missed the point but you made a good point. My point in this hub was to point out the relationship between poverty and violence. The lost and lack of jobs and its relationship to violence is evident in underclass and minority communities. Americans needs jobs. Thanks for your comment, the Creator does have the Master Plan.


real man 4 years ago

u see junko,what I do know is we are not a Great Nation because we are smarter,stronger,bigger or because of anything of the sort.It's because of his (GOD) favor we are a Great Nation due to us acknowledging him and his decrees and as a result he has blessed our minds, our hands and everything we seem to touch turned into gold. You see you and me won't bless our kids for breaking the rules or lying,cheating,stealing,etc.like us and our leaders that we put in office to represent us continue to do.They get in office and make laws to benifit themselves and to live off we the people for the duration of their lives. They're getting rich making all kind of back door deals and so on. All I'm saying is we are not the first great nation to go in this direction.So as the old saying goes a nation or people that forgets the past is subject to repeat. JUST A LITTLE FOOD FOR THOUGHT it


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junko 4 years ago Author

Real Man, no doubt God blessed America. I can't argue or dismiss what you posted.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

I once again agree with your valid points and I would like to chime in that when Pres Clinton was in office, I earned the most for my family and felt the american dream at my fingertips. Due to getting sick and being told I am not qualified for health insurance because of a pre existing condition. I had fallen into a state of depression. I don't see how the market can rally around the human suffering while they ignore it is a matter of time before they will be affected to. Had this President not seek to raise the debt ceiling, we would be in a Great depression and history would of repeated itself. Folks need to wake up! I shared, voted this up and I applaud you for speaking the realities that some seem to ignore. :)


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junko 3 years ago Author

Jo Goldsmith it has been over a year since you made this post. I hope your healthcare problems have improve since the Affordable Healthcare Act has been enacted. The job problems nationwide will not improve without infrastructure rebuilding by the Federal government which the Republicans won't allow The President the Revenue (Taxes) to do what needs to be done. The Private Sector job creators opposes The President's stance on taxes and regulations and hire less as possible. I hope and trust that you have improved your lot in life since this post.


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junko 5 months ago Author

It is the year 2016 and poverty and violence is getting worst everyday in America.

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    calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

    Hi junko

    This hub is fantastic, here in Britain some of us feel exactly the same way as you do, the economy here is a joke. We are living in a dark time, that is ruled by bankers, politicians and media who feed us with misinformation, and promote intolerance and would rather place more and more obstacles in our way to achieving a way out of this current crisis, than aiding and helping those who need it now.

    So much money is wasted in our countries on two things that I have observed, you may not agree with me but it is these things that the revenue could be used for regrowth and job creation and to kick start the countries again.

    1 - Celebrity Idealism and Image - we permit a society that allows the media to promote actors, actresses and other so called celebrity's as well as the gangster image and the bad boy and girl image as role models. It is this that corrupts our youth and society in to believing that looking, dressing and eating a certain way, as well as behaving a certain way makes you better than the others and that this negative promotion is how people should be. In fact these people are praying on the vulnerable and making millions from it. These are not role models these are isolationists and a bad influence on the future. When did we allow the media to control our freedom to be who we are?

    2 - Our countries have wasted so much money in foreign aid over the past few years, to other countries and continue to do so, this money does not go where you think it does. The countries officials that foreign aid goes to are not always fair. For example Africa is not a poor country by resources as it has gold, diamonds and alsort's of other exports that they make millions from. But it is the corruption of the officials in that country that have left their own people starving and in need of aid, so we send the money in the hope that it helps them and on some occasions it does, but there is still money missing that has been sent. It is this corruption that exists in our own countries also and if allowed to carry on then we shall all be like Africa in the end.

    The people of our countries need to address the corruption, and media influence on society and take charge then and only then can they make a prosperous future.

    You may not agree with me but the media controls our countries, not governments that we are lead to believe as we only know what the media tells us.


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    junko 4 years ago Author

    calpol25 , the majority of the great unwashed are like sheep who look for guidence from somebody, anybody. You say, I might not agree with you about the media and corruption in today's western civilizations. My very for hub here on hubpages(Political View from the Underclass)speaks of the mis and dis information spread by media and government. Many unwashed in the west as in third world countries are becoming unemployed. The media job is to intertain the idle (celebrity idealism)is no subtitute for jobs. My point in this hub is the lack of jobs breed violence, and violence among armed people destroys civilizations. Capitalism, not the media or government controls our countries, you may not agree with me. I know things the media won't broadcast, so I broadcast.


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    calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

    Your quite right though junko violence is spreading because of a lack of jobs, along with intolerance, hate but more so blame. People are looking to blame someone or a group so this violence is aimed at them. Take the gay marriage agenda how long before violence and blame is taken from Obama and aimed solely at the lGBT. Capitalism does not work as corruption is always evident. It is good that you broadcast what the media wont. I also try to do the same, though few people listen, those that do may see the truth. :)


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    junko 4 years ago Author

    The people love a lie. The truth do not intertain the people, many dislike and fear the truth. People will not seek what they don't want to find.


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    calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

    Quite true junko I agree 100% we say here that 'People only see what they want see' not what is in front of them. I am in total agreement :)


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    junko 4 years ago Author

    Thanks again Jo. I hope Obamacare help solve your health problems and Government jobs help you recover financially and have that protected from lost due to your health problems.

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