Today, the New York Times offers a grim picture of life as a young adult in Barack Obama’s America. In many cases, it means being homeless, sleeping in shelters or on the street:
Across the country, tens of thousands of underemployed and jobless young people, many with college credits or work histories, are struggling to house themselves in the wake of the recession, which has left workers between the ages of 18 and 24 with the highest unemployment rate of all adults….
We often console ourselves with the notion that unemployed young people can go camp out with their parents. In more and more cases, their parents are not doing well enough to take them in.
The Times explains:
These young adults are the new face of a national homeless population, one that poverty experts and case workers say is growing. Yet the problem is mostly invisible. Most cities and states, focusing on homeless families, have not made special efforts to identify young adults, who tend to shy away from ordinary shelters out of fear of being victimized by an older, chronically homeless population. The unemployment rate and the number of young adults who cannot afford college “point to the fact there is a dramatic increase in homelessness” in that age group, said Barbara Poppe, the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.
And then there is the so-called economic recovery. You know, the phantom recovery that was conjured for the election, but that, strangely enough has not alleviated very much of the unemployment problem.
According to the Times:
Those who provide services to the poor in many cities say the economic recovery has not relieved the problem.
Four years of Obama and this is what we have. Do you think that four more years will make it better?