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Post time 2018-3-7 14:27:33 |Display all floors
Instead of lifting the poor out of poverty like China has been doing so successfully
the USA is prosecuting the poor.

This family is part of the new lower class in the USA. After all, the USA has
to afford all those billionaires somehow.
This is what happens after 37 years of tax cuts for the filthy rich.
After 37 years the American public still hasn't figured out that none of
the welfare for the rich is "trickling down" like Ronald Reagan promised.

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AMANDA LEE MYERS ,Associated Press March 6, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California couple who pleaded not guilty to child abuse after authorities found them housing their three children in a makeshift desert shack was freed from jail Tuesday.

Daniel Panico, 73, and Mona Kirk, 51, were released after their attorneys argued they aren't a flight risk and couldn't afford their $300,000 bail.

Kirk's attorney, Elizabeth Crabtree, said she and Panico's attorney will argue next week that the couple deserves to be reunited with their children. Eventually they'll argue for the charges to be dropped.

"I don't think there's anything at this point that substantiates abuse," Crabtree said, adding that the couple should never have been arrested.

At the time of the couple's arrest last week, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said their three children — between 11 and 14 years old — had been living in the shack without running water, bathrooms or electricity for several years near Joshua Tree, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.

The shelter was cobbled together with plywood and plastic sheeting, and chairs were used to hold up a tarp ceiling, Several holes on the property were filled with feces, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said last week that the children didn't appear to have any obvious injuries and showed no outward signs of malnutrition but "it was apparent they had not bathed in days."

The children were not enrolled in public school and there was no evidence they were being educated, Bachman said.

Dozens of people rallied in support of the couple outside their court hearing on Tuesday, holding signs that read "Being homeless is not a crime" and "Poverty is not a choice."

In a jailhouse interview with The Los Angeles Times, Panico said his family has been torn apart and that he and his wife did nothing wrong.

"We are just minding our own business, trying to raise our three kids on little money," he said.

Crabtree said that rather than arrest the couple, deputies should have called Children and Family Services and allowed the matter to proceed through dependency court, rather than criminal court.

"Miss Kirk misses her children very much," Crabtree said. "But she's keeping her head up knowing she's going to see them again."

Bachman did not immediately respond to questions Tuesday about why deputies thought arresting the couple was appropriate.

An online fundraising effort started by a friend of the couple's has raised $20,000 so far.

Panico and Kirk had planned to build a home on the land where they were living, but "as time went by, they had used all the money they had for living expenses," wrote Jackie Klear, the friend who started the fundraiser.

"Any money they got from side jobs and such was spent on their kids. Food and the basic necessities," she wrote. "The kids were fed, healthy and were part of just about any activity or group that was available to the community."
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If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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This is MIGHTY USA.
   

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This post was edited by robert237 at 2018-3-7 22:30
emanreus Post time: 2018-3-7 22:22
This is MIGHTY USA.

The end game of every capitalist society.

Capitalism is just feudalism warmed over and renamed.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2018-3-11 15:39:05 |Display all floors
If being homeless with children isn't a crime in USA then it should be.

What kind of scum has their children living in a shack in the desert without bathrooms, running water or electricity for years? Of course these people are guilty of neglect/abuse and of course they need to go to jail. Any decent human in a western nation in a situation like that would give the children to relatives that can cover the children's needs or if that is not possible then they would hand the children over to protective services or whatever so that the children can be put in state care or put with a foster family or whatever. Until these complete scumbag 'parents' can get their act together and provide their children with adequate shelter at the very least then they are guilty of predictive neglect so the children cannot be put back under their 'care'.

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robert237 Post time: 2018-3-8 14:29
The end game of every capitalist society.

Capitalism is just feudalism warmed over and renamed.

And Robert - if you neoliberal leftists were not flooding USA with illegal Mexicans and god knows what then maybe these scumbags could get real jobs and stop neglecting their children. But by the sounds of it these low scumbags don't even want jobs. Why would they buy land in the desert if they have children? And what welfare are these scumbags receiving anyway?

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HailChina! Post time: 2018-3-10 23:42
And Robert - if you neoliberal leftists were not flooding USA with illegal Mexicans and god knows  ...

Like it or not, this is an example of the new lower class in the US.

When the 3 richest Americans have as much wealth as the lower 160,000,000 Americans (the lower 50%) then
this is what you can expect even more of.

The US already has more prisoners than any other nation on earth including China which as 4 times as many people.
Giving welfare to the rich in the form of tax cuts over the past 37 years and putting the poor in jail is not a good answer.
At least these children are prepared for the future if America stays on its present course.
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Post time 2018-3-11 17:40:27 |Display all floors
robert237 Post time: 2018-3-11 16:27
Like it or not, this is an example of the new lower class in the US.

When the 3 richest Americans ...

Well I'm the AntiChrist Robert and I can assure you that things are going to be a lot worse than that in your future. And not just for the 'new lower class'. Since when is being homeless new in USA anyway? Most homeless people don't own land or a shack you know. But yeah - I would store up some dried corn if I was you Robert. Get your bugout bag ready. You ain't seen nothing yet.

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