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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Maurice Johnson: Three College Degrees, Homeless

I don't know whether to be sad or angry about this story.

The following is a video posted by a YouTube user named "60Days60Nights" (an interesting fellow himself). The video was made the day before the world was supposedly going to end (May 20th, 2011). This is an interview with a 55 year-old man named Maurice Johnson. This is a man who gave up everything he owned to take care of his mother, who had alzhiemers and was about to lose her house. He is a man with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Plasma Physics-- a graduate from Dartmouth and Purdue. Not only is he unable to get a job (and has been screwed out of a couple of them), he is LIVING ON THE STREETS of Boston.

Listen to his story:

Can you believe this shit? A shitty health care system, a horrible economy, and an even worse support system for the homeless. This man is a smart as they come-- smarter than most, with degrees in the sciences and a background in mathematics and a teacher to boot! LIVING ON THE STREETS!

When we have some of the best and brightest minds in the country living homeless on the streets, with little or no prospects...what the hell does that say about the United States of America? We should all be embarrassed about this. There is not an excuse in world as to why this is happening. Plenty of reasons, but no excuse.

This is just one man. Imagine how many stories of lives like this are existing all over our country.  Towns and cities are being decimated. Employers are begging for workers, but refuse to pay what they are worth. It's getting harder and harder to merely LIVE a life-- to pay rent/mortgage, bills, car payments (IF you're lucky enough to have a car!), not to mention things like FOOD.

I can truly say that we are NOT living in the greatest nation in the world. If we were a great nation, none of this would be happening. We would be educating our people. We would be providing proper healthcare for those who cannot afford it. Our so-called "job creators" that the Republicans like to protect would actually be CREATING JOBS. By the way, if you are a "job creator" and you are creating jobs over seas instead of in're a traitor to your nation. Plain and simple.

What are we going to do, people? Honestly, probably nothing. People who are lucky enough to have jobs, and homes, and cars, and can feed their family, and can go to the movies and rent DVDs and download mp3's from iTunes, and take trips on the weekend...people like that have their own problems. Most people, unfortunately, don't have the time or the energy to care about others. People like Maurice Johnson, someone with the mind that he has, made to walk the streets with the weight of his shit existence in this country-- with no family to turn to, no money, no possessions, no prospects...

I fear for this country.

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