Thursday, December 24, 2009

Priorities are messed up and so is our thinking...

Just thought...

$45.4 Billion Spent on Pets: Where’s The Money Going?

Pet loving consumers have ensured that the pet industry’s projected sales of $45.4 Billion in 2009 have not been slashed by the Bear market. According to the American Pet Product Association, there is hardly a scratch to be seen in spending on pets as all 5 categories have increased over 2008 numbers. While high-end specialty stores will see profits decline, there are gains in spending on quality foods, beds, and leashes. Value for money is what the public will be looking for in 2009/2010.

TORRINGTON — City programs that serve the city’s homeless population will be the beneficiary of nearly $400,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Torrington Housing Authority will receive two grants totaling $229,680, while the Torrington Community Housing Corporation will receive $95,735. The state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services will also direct $73,080 toward fighting homelessness in the city.

HUD allocated a total of $28.8 million in grants to Connecticut, which will be spread to 129 homeless assistance programs across the state. A total of $1.4 billion in grants will be distributed nationwide

1 comment:

BadTux said...

Americans are the most vicious, selfish people on the planet. Every time an article about the homeless hits our local paper, hoards of people turn out to make comments condemning the homeless as lazy criminals who ought to just pull themselves up by their shoestrings and get a job yada yada yada. From reading the comments, it is clear that a significant proportion of Americans would embrace Hitler's Final Solution to the problem of homelessness -- i.e., send them off to the gas chambers. And I daresay that this is the *majority* of Americans, because mayors promising "get tough on the homeless" policies are regularly elected with 51%+ majorities here. And this is in a supposedly "liberal" state!

It is no surprise that Americans spend hundreds of billions on pets and only a tiny amount on services for the homeless. The only real surprise is that any money at all makes it to homeless services. The poor are the most hated, despised and spat-upon population in America today, and the homeless are the poorest of the poor. The boot in the face is the only service that the majority of Americans would prefer for the homeless, and it shows in our priorities.

- Badtux the Currently-homed Penguin