My nightly trip home from work.
There is only one bus driver in Oakland who will let mentally ill homeless people sleep on his bus. They are not living on the street because of laziness, or “poor life decisions.” In most cases their disability is extreme and disqualifies them for residential care.
They may have had a caretaker who passed away, or perhaps gotten kicked off the GA rolls due to drastic federal sequester cuts. In almost every case it is some sort of bureaucratic nightmare that they are not equipped to handle.
A couple of times I’ve had to check and see if someone was merely unconscious or had actually died. You can literally smell the rotting skin and failing organs. It’s how I imagine Hell would smell if there actually was a place where bad people got sent for ignoring the least among us.
This is the reality of what goes on when America’s shrinking number of ultra rich oligarchs is tucked away at night…sleeping like babies in their gated communities…dreaming about new ways to hide their money offshore and blame poor people for being poor.
Yes, I am bitter.
Everyone of those people has a soul. They just weren’t lucky enough to be born with sound health, access to safe housing, a family who indulges their every whim and a fat trust fund waiting for them to turn 21.
Way to go USA.