Bad Economic Times: Is The West Really Better Off Than Russia?

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 9:08 AM
February 26, 2014

mass poverty       It is often asked ‘if Communism falls, can Capitalism be far behind?” Just as the Western world looked behind the scenes at Russian realities during the Sochi Olympics, uncovering mass poverty, the same applies to the U.S. and the West.

Reports from Europe reveal just as much poverty in cities and suburbs as in the U.S.  In ‘Homeless Living in Shocking, Rat-Infested Conditions,’ Randeep Ramesh, Social Affairs Editor of theguardian.com writes:

“The formerly homeless are increasingly trapped in homes riddled with damp and infested with rodents after ministers gave councils powers to force those without a roof over their heads into rented accommodation rather than wait for a council house, a report by Britain’s biggest housing charities has found.”

Rather than having the homeless aimlessly wander the streets or begging at freeway exits, as in the United States, England places their homeless in subsidized rental properties. But welfare payments do not include cash for deposits or leasing fees.  Tenants struggle to pay those, as well as utility bills, often foregoing food.

Shelter and Crisis charity reports:  “ . . . the homeless had been housed in ‘shocking’ conditions often at the mercy of ‘unresponsive’ and at times aggressive landlords who threatened eviction if tenants complained.”  Conditions included damp and mold, cockroaches, mice and, in some cases, rats.

“There were complaints of water running down the walls with surfaces being wet to the touch. In one case water was running into electrical sockets, and another reported their ceiling caving in from a leak that was never fixed.”

At the other end of the wealth scale in England, Robert Booth writes ‘Inside ‘Billionaires Row’: London’s Rotting, Derelict Mansions Worth £350m:’ “A third of the mansions on the most expensive stretch of London’s “Billionaires Row” are standing empty, including several huge houses that have fallen into ruin after standing almost completely vacant for a quarter of a century.” Where does it end?

On February 17, this blog exposed that poverty had moved from U.S. inner-cities to its suburbs, where unemployment is so rampant that dwellers have dropped off the record books––all indicating a swallowed working middle class.

In other parts of the Western world––i.e. Spain, Ireland, Germany, etc.––rows of houses and apartment povety-suburbsbuildings lie vacant and rotting away. Some suspect they represent attempts to launder mafia money, or other types of corruption.

Sharon Smyth, Neil Callanan and Dara Doyle of Bloomberg Businessweek astonish with ‘Madness in Spain Lingers as Ireland Chases Recovery:’ “Spain, Europe’s fifth-largest economy, is the current focus of attempts to contain the region’s sovereign debt crisis, as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy struggles . . .

“Developers are showing similar optimism. They continue to build even with 2 million homes vacant around the country, new airports that never saw a single flight being mothballed, and property appraisers and banks reporting values have fallen only about 22 percent, said [Jesus] Encinar, who estimates the real decline is probably at least twice that.”

So what has happened to America, Russia and the West?  All have squandered their wealth on wars! Trillions of dollars going into war machines, most of which now rust away in metal graveyards, giving way to nukes and drones.

Thank God for the Christian non-fiction prophecy books which promise these wasteful wars will soon be over:  “And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Micah 4: 3).”

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