During the great depression, millions of Americans lost their jobs, homes, and hope. Tent cities grew all over the country filled with the homeless who had no place else to go. As Herbert Hoover is widely blamed (rightly or wrongly) for sitting idly by while the economy went down the drain starting in 1929, these settlement, made up of canvas tents and shanties were dubbed Hoovervilles.
Well, history repeats itself. New tent cities have now begun to spring up all over the country, filling with those who have lost their homes, just like 80 years ago. Cities like Seattle, Reno, Sacramento, and even Athens, Georgia have growing settlements. Many are dubbing these tent cities for the President being blamed for this crisis – Obamavilles. And they are growing every day.
Homeless shelters in these cities have filled to capacity and have expanded to these tent cities. As the economy continues to contract and unemployment grows, thousands more will likely move in.
And as Rome burns, politicians in Washington continue to fiddle and play politics. On both sides. Republicans have finally come to their senses, and are opposing the reckless spending proposed by the President, and Ratsocrats have opened themselves to severe criticism with spending the Repubs have targeted. And even as the GOP has screamed about “pork” in the various bills, the Ratsocrats have grunted up to the trough like so many sweaty hogs. Lindsay Graham defended his own earmarks on MTP on Sunday, even while slamming Obama on his budget proposal. He even said that if his earmarks were removed, he would put them back in a new bill. Enrico guesses that Graham reasons that if Obama and the ratsocrats are going to rape the Treasury, he might as well get sloppy seconds.