Class Poverty In America: A Documentary Film

My friend Antony sent me this 45-minute You Tube video. It was filmed by a European documentary maker, at a time when Donald Trump was still the President.

Middle-Class homeless living in their cars. People working full-time, but unable to afford to rent anywhere to live. From Hollywood, to Texas, to Virginia, a whole generation with no hope.

(I know this doesn’t apply to everyone in the USA, but at the time of filming, it affected around 40 million people)

It is worth your time to watch it, as any of us could be next. (You can easily turn off the subtitles in the bottom menu)

31 thoughts on “Class Poverty In America: A Documentary Film

  1. I feel sympathy for the downtrodden, but I also deplore the strong political bias of this video. Under the current administration, even the middle class is suffering.
    (1) “Consumer prices rose at a 6.2% annual rate in October, well above expectations, as inflation continued its vice grip on the U.S. economy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday.” (2) “Consumers are feeling it in the pocketbook at the gas pump, grocery store and tenants in many parts of the country could get sticker shock at their next lease renewal,”
    [U.S. News & World Report, in an article dated 11/10/21]

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    1. The film was made by a French TV crew, during the Trump administration. I think those interviewed are generally credible, and suitably self-effacing. They do not lay any blame on any political party, though some Trump comments are referenced, I didn’t really sense any strong political bias, David. They said in the film that it affected 40 million Americans, out of a population of 330 milion. Given those numbers, it is still not a big percentage.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Right now a senator from one of the poorest states in the union is the cause of Biden’s plan to help get people back on their feet including our vets of 2 twenty year wars. Of course this senator is rich, money from coal mines. And he also fights everything to clean up the environment.
    People on Social Security finally after years got a big raise of 5% but inflation is at 6% and mostly thanks to Big Oil continues to rise. Jobs are not being filled because the pay is so low in them people cant live off the wages they pay.
    Right now the US is in bad shape and will continue as long as these right wing rich hogs keep getting voted in office.

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    1. I have read about that rich coal man on other blogs. He has no shame, and no conscience. What a hateful, spiteful man he is. If he has any belief in religion, he should be aware that he is destined for an eternity in Hell.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. The tent cities, such as those in Los Angeles, began filling up more and more starting in 2009. The pandemic and loss of jobs due to Covid made it increase and become more visible.

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  4. I find it very sad that the concept of money, which was supposed to improve our lives, only succeeded in enslaving us. We all want a decent life, but when the system appears to be stacked against us, many people struggle when there there should be no need. I won’t live to see the day when money is abolished, but I hope humanity sees sense before it’s too late. Cheers, Jon.

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    1. This is a worrying film, as it mainly shows ‘respectable’ working people with full-time jobs unable to afford accommodation, and in many cases, food. I think this should be a warning to all of us around the ‘western world’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. I m not so sure. The US is not the leader in what it provides to its citizens. The UK ad the rest of Europe and other developed countries are. We are caught in a right-wing delusion. Until we got past that, if we get past that, we will continue to lag behind. Warmest regards, Theo

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        1. It is a shock to me to see middle-class and employed working-class Americans living in their cars on a parking lot, using volunteer field hospitals to receive medical and dental treatment, and asking for unsold stale pizza in restaurants so they can eat. Things are not great here, but nothing close to that yet.
          We do have people living on the streets in tents in some cities, but many are alcoholics and drug addicts. Sadly, some of those are also ex-soldiers, who cannot readjust to civilian life.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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