Today in the LA Times there was an article about a tent city in Sacramento that you can read at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tent-city20-2009mar20,0,4125317.story. It reminded me of the pictures taken by Dorthea Lange in the 1930's of migrant workers fleeing in the dust bowl.
It's mind boggling that we can live in a country of such wealth and there are people who have to live in tents due to our current economic conditions.
A recent presentation that I was listening to by an author who interviewed quilters who were quilting during the 1930's depression. She commented that in some parts of the country, people did not there was a depression going on because they had always been impoverished. While this could also be said of some people today, both the very poor and the wealthy-there are more and more middle class families suffering from the economic downturn.