Thanks Barack… Record Unemployment Rate Is Forcing Growth of Tent Cities

A homeless encampment known as Tent City, in Sacramento, California. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Thanks to Barack Obama’s failed economic policies tent cities have sprung up around 55 American cities. Today 3 million more Americans are out of work than when President Barack Obama was first elected. 5,000 people are living in dozens of homeless camps across the country.
The BBC reported:

Tent cities have sprung up in and around at least 55 American cities – they represent the bleak reality of America’s poverty crisis.

According to census data, 47 million Americans now live below the poverty line – the most in half a century – fuelled by several years of high unemployment.

One of the largest tented camps is in Florida and is now home to around 300 people. Others have sprung up in New Jersey and Portland…

…There are an estimated 5,000 people living in the dozens of camps that have sprung up across America.

The largest camp, Pinella’s Hope in central Florida – a region better known for the glamour of Disneyworld – is made up of neat rows of tents spread out across a 13-acre plot.

The Catholic charity that runs it has made laundry available, as well as computers and phones.

Many of the camps are organised and hold regular meetings to divide up camp chores and agree on community rules. They have become semi-permanent homes for some residents, who see little prospect of getting jobs soon.

These tent cities – and this level of poverty – are images that many Americans associate with the Great Depression.

Unemployment in America today has not reached the astronomical levels of the 1930s, but barring a short spike in 1982, it has not been this high since the Depression era.

There are now 13 million unemployed Americans, which is three million more than when President Barack Obama was first elected.

The stark reality is that many of them are people who very recently lived comfortable middle-class lives.

For them, the economic downturn came too fast and many have been forced to trade their middle-class homes for lives in shelters, motels and at the far extreme, tented encampments.

Of course, it goes without saying, this would be a much bigger story if Bush was still in the White House.

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  • srhoades

    Can we call the Obamaburghs?

  • Zim

    Can you imagine the news media having these stories if there was a republican president!! Of course we won’t see these news stories until the republican takes office in Jan 2013

  • obfuscatenot

    This is exactly what those who model themselves after “early 20th century progressives” want. A natural way of eliminating the undesirables. Disease and pestilence will take the first step followed by “the kindness of eugenics”. Rush Limbaugh was spot on when he said that he hoped obama failed, for this is what his success looks like.

  • mamagriz68

    Shouldn’t we be calling them “Obamavilles” like the Hoovervilles of old? Oh wait, that’s only if the White House tells Media Matters, which then gives the order to the MSM.

  • NeoKong

    That’s not a tent city.
    Those are the barracks of Obama’s elite force of a civilian army.
    How else can he wage a class war unless people are living in tents….?

    This is truly a time in our country when Obama is asking people to become permanent wards of the state. Cradle to grave.
    The sad part is that he has a lot of takers.

  • Missy8s

    I live in PDX, the tent city here is a political tool run by the Burnside Community Project in order to tug the heart strings of gullible voters. The local media hypes up every story about the police relocating the so called city and every time BCP’s donations spike upwards.

    The reality is that MOST people who are “homeless” are there by choice not by circumstances.

    Look more closely at your local stories on this topic, the people they usually show as “victims” are usually older, unwashed, bearded white males with permanent drunk faces. What they never show you are the hordes street kids lurking just out of sight of the cameras, they are the ones who make up the bulk of the alleged “homeless” population.

    They could have a home any time they want it, all they have to do is grow up, put down the drugs, take the piercings out of their faces and cover their tattoos to get a job.

    Unfortunately most of them are far more interested in figuring out where the next high is coming from than they are about stabilizing their lives on their own.

    This isn’t me being some allegedly “cruel” conservative “zealot”, this is the truth and people need to face it, especially douche bag liberal commie wannabes.

    The vast majority of the “homeless” CHOOSE to be “homeless”, no amount of money will ever “save” them from their own stupidity…

  • Obama2012

    This is hilarious.

    The left, at sites like Daily Kos, ran this same exact sort of story during the reign of gwb. The exact story.

    Frankly, the Hair on Fire components of the left and the right are quite similar. Partisan to an extreme. Looking for daily outrages. Acting as if political points are somehow accumulated by posting on the interwebs and acting as if we are influencing anyone at all. Its an illness and both side are sufferers.

  • Obama2012


    Example of how President Obama is forcing Americans to become wards of the state? Examples? Facts? Anybody?

  • Obama2012

    The title is a lie. 8.3% unemployment is not a record.

    Of course, the numbers have been fudged but Obambots who have infiltrated every corner of the public and private business worlds. These bots destroy from within. Sound familiar?

    The bots have gotten to Wall Street too. Dow 13,000 is a lie. A major crash is coming soon. That way, Obama can enslave hedge fund managers to run the reeducation camps.

  • Rock

    Each day under WTF we appear more like a 3rd world nation, our national credit rating down graded, tent cities, gangs roaming the streets day or night, unions forcing their will on the tax payers, and attorney general who talks about HIS people when talking about election and race crimes, and trying desperately to cover his involvement in a despicable attempt to effect gun control, that has resulted in deaths on both sides of the border.

  • Multitude

    Excuse me, but this is incorrect. These are not “unemployed” individuals as defined by the Federal government. They’re lazy people.

    Remember that President Obama called a woman out last week for lying when she brazenly complained to the Great Leader that her husband, an engineer, couldn’t find work. President Obama knew this was a lie. Like Santa Claus, he knows everything, whether someone’s been working hard or not, whether there’s a job or not. He called her out and told her that something else was wrong. There’s plenty of jobs. Dear Great Leader has done his job so if we’re failing, that failure must be our fault.

    So if people are in tents, so be it. Perhaps Lady Michelle can come bring them cake only to yank it away and tell them to get off their fat behinds and MOVE. Our King and Queen are giving the people all the correct instructions. When the people don’t listen, they deserve to starve.

  • David Kramer

    Obama, just like his hero FDR cannot create his new society without destroying a few eggs. Just like Stalin could not create his dystopian society without killing millions.

    They are creating the crisis to create a new society. PERIOD.

    I can post comments and articles I wrote over 3 years ago to give you the EXACT breakdown. It is nothing new, it has been done many times before. Without the destruction, they CANNOT create the scenario.

    I guess I will be one of the first. I guess that is the reasoning behind the NDAA bill and the internet kill switch.

    Remember folks, alternate communications. Do you think these people have not been studying the furor and communications abilities in other countries?

  • Obama2012

    Truth is you Righties fear Obama because he is an effective black-man fighting to right the wrongs of hundred years of oppression in America. You still have not figured out that when people say Obama is not black enough, they are not talking about his skin tone, but that he is not putting it to the man like he was elected to do, no matter after 2012 he will get it right.

  • Duke

    Obama2012: Troll, Go back to Think Progress or the Daily Beast and peddle your drivel to those that live in piddle.


    and how many living there voted for the marxist?????

  • Rock

    Between the unions, and the welfare junkies sucking the well dry, not hard to imagine how this will become the norm here. All brought to you by your friendly Democratic Socialist Party.

  • tadcf

    Where’s the citation of evidence for what Hoft is saying. And, remember, conservatives have bolstered the unemployment roles by defunding civil servants.

  • Sasja

    #14, along with the rest of his ilk, have nothing better to do than to play childish games which their man-child prez has demanded. I have often found that refusing to respond to such behavior is best.

  • Valerie

    OT – A solution whose time has come and gone.

    ” “We have a ramshackle registration system in the U.S. It’s a mess. It’s expensive. There isn’t central control over the process,” said Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. ”


    I am throwing a big BS flag, here.

    The last thing we need is central control of our voting process. That way lies massive fraud. What we need is local control and responsibility for voting cleanliness, in order to contain the scale of fraud that is possible.

    We also need state legislatures to actually follow the recommendations of their experts, so that the actual votes, and no others, get recorded. This can be done.

    The State of Maryland used to have a nearly perfect system that survived an electoral audit. Ballots were big, with big print, and votes were recorded by completing an arrow with a wide-tip, black marker. Then, the ballot was fed into a reader, which immediately rejected ballots with stray marks, and otherwise recorded the vote with a visible counter (just the number, not the actual votes). Totals and tallies were available within a half hour of polls closing.

    The state spent 92 million dollars to replace that system when Florida had problems with hanging chads. This was done against the recommendation of their experts. They replaced the system with a buggy touch-screen set-up that was demonstrated to be prone to fraud.

    I am sure the Maryland legislators were proud of their accomplishment. They DID SOMETHING in response to a problem that did not exist in their state, which allowed them to spend a lot of other people’s money, and downgrade the quality of their voting system.

  • feduptoo

    And yet, Obama keeps pandering to illegals, has allowed the rubber stamping of new Visas, and in 2009 allowed 1.2 million new Visa workers to come here.

    This on top of giving more and more of our money to foreigners, financing their oil drilling and building new refineries, banning our resources her….

    If anyone thinks Obama is working for US citizens, they are nuts!