Radioactivity takes listener calls to discuss homelessness in Tampa Bay

12/23/13 Robert Lorei
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Tags: Tampa Bay Homeless, food stamps

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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines to talk about homelessness in Tampa Bay. He shares excerpts from recent articles in the Tampa Tribune and the Tampa Bay Times about the use of food stamps increasing in some of the wealthiest areas in Tampa and a family suffering because of Hillsborough county's treatment of the homeless.

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Rob Good show today, I was in the car and couldn’t respond. It is a good topic. Responding to the person who thought that we needed more union involvement I would like to comment. I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan in the 60’s and 70’s, life was good, everyone seemed to have good jobs, houses, cars. If you didn’t go to college you could get a good paying job in one of the many plants or machine shops in the area. Saginaw had several large GM plants making parts or casting foundries. There were other industries like Lufkin Rule, making tools, Yale making hardware. Many small shops that supported larger plants and made small parts for the auto industry. This is all gone now. I had cousins who went to work in the shop out of high school, they made good money, had full health care, $1 prescriptions, $1 eye glasses, GM class A car discounts. Life was good. My cousin and his wife retired after 30 years each making $60000 a year. I believe that the unions had their place in the early 1900’s but in the 60’s and 70’s priced themselves out of work. High wages combined with the Clean Water Act and Clean Air acts made making things here too expensive. This is the case in all areas where US companies went overseas for cheap labor to maximize profits at the expense of labor. If a Tommy Hilfiger shirt is $80 and is made in Indonesia and a similar shirt at Wal Mart for $15 made in Indonesia, it would seem that clothes could be made in this country and the people could make a living wage. Some how we need to return making things in the US. If you could see cities like Flint, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo in the north they are devastated. The service industry does not replace the jobs that manufacturing and construction once provided. I do agree with the other caller that some sort of WPA work program is needed. There also needs to be somewhere that the homeless can go. Even if it is a camp ground with showers, phone and internet access. Thanks Don From Tampa

I still think that the Bumfight guys have the right idea... let the hobos fight it out for money!

I still think that the Bumfight guys have the right idea... let the hobos fight it out for money!