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The new American economy: Online BEGGING


The Obama economy continues to “fundamentally transform” the concept of employment. Seven years into his disastrous presidency, the “economy” is defined as one of government dependency and non-participation, with a record 46.7 million Americans living in poverty (9.4 million more than before the 2007–2008 financial crisis), and with a record 94.6 million out of the labor force altogether.

Now, as The New York Times has reported, there has been a surge in the need for “help” – and much of it has come from social media in the form of an epidemic that smacks of anything but providing for those truly in “need.”

In fact, one man whose email boxes have been increasingly filled with monetary requests has a theory – “I think online begging has become the new economy.”

That’s what crime writer Mark Ebner thinks, anyway. And by all observations, he has a point.

“I woke up to four new people today asking me for money on four different donation platforms,” one friend told NYT writer Judith Newman. “One was my ex-babysitter announcing her wedding and where I could send cash. No invitation to the wedding. Just cash.”


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