The streets? Not allowed. Scares the tourists.
Off the land? There is no public land there.
That’s where the working poor of many areas live. This is trend that began about 20 years ago. They pay by the week and a large portion of their take-home income goes to housing.
150-250/week is not uncommon. That’s 600-1000 per month, with a take home pay of perhaps 40 hours per week x $10/hour which equals about 1600 before taxes.
A “real” wage in flyover country, is ……….$7-11/hour. Big cities are not the country.
There is no magical secret the working poor have that the middle class doesn’t know already. They go without – without healthcare, dental, eye, without resturants or entertainment, often without cars.
The working poor are all around us. Nursing assistants, cashiers, stockers, gas station clerks, pizza delivery, cab drivers, lawn maintainence, waitresses, cleaners, maids. Nursing assistant sounds professional, but it is actually wiping up piss and shit, while perhaps also serving meals or dishwashing.
Slavery never disappeared from the US; it evolved.
America has a slave class, a breeding class, mercenaries, a professional and an elite ruling class. Just because one in a million goes from poor to rich does not mean the US has “social mobility.” It’s called getting lucky.
Consider the entire continental USA as one city. The rich live in certain areas. Whole states are emptied of jobs then emptied of people; the Rust Belt is like this. All the money and power concentrate. One day, the Midwest and Prarie states will be like Central Park in NYC; a park where the elite jog and walk their dogs.
And no one does anything about it.
There’s two groups of people who know what’s happening. The rich, who enact this program and the poor, who are too busy working to fix things. The middle just want to hang on to their spot; they can’t scare the rich because they want to become the rich.
This hope keep the US afloat….for now. The rich hope the poor won’t take their money. The middle hopes for stability. The poor hope to make it another month.