A family member of mine, who has had 8 children (6 different women - all supported by the State). One of those young mothers has one of his daughters (a really beautiful daughter - about 7 years old). He mows lawns and lives in a dump of a house in the city (Flint). Niki (the young mother [I think she's 25 now?]) moved into the projects. What are the project? Oh, well, the Project exist just outside of Flint where there used to be the city dump. About 3 decades ago they (the State) paved over the garbage dump and put up a housing project to "help the poor". If you want to get shot, drive around there for a day. Anyhow, so the other day she's taking a shower and someone drives-by and loads 100+ rounds into all of these project-houses and a few bullets randomly hit her while she was in her shower; one in the hip and one in the side (that one "hit some vitals" or so I was told). I should mention, "random" is really just "who the hell knows why". It could be literally anything. White trash moving into the ghetto and that whole Travan Martin and some cracked up junkie does a drive-by. Violence is nearly-random in those neighborhoods. To look at, Niki is a beautiful girl - tall, thin, beautiful hair, nice smile, nice face. Tries her best to be polite. To put on a polite face. But it's hard. She has a lot of anger. The cracks will appear in less then an hour. They say Niki has a "mean spirit". I think she was turned into a mean person. Her childhood ruined her. She could have just easily been a loving school teacher - alas, that was not her fate. What's her story? Well, as I understand, her family (also on State aid, you know to "help the poor") were all drug abusers. Her father wanted to be a "Rock Star" and I suppose welfare helped keep the bills paid while he played "gigs". Neither her mother or father gave two shits about Niki. They never loved her. Never treated her with love. As I understand it anyway. Just a couple of self-centered cold welfare-white trash douche bag parents. Anyway, to make a short story short, Niki started selling drugs and doing some B&E with her cousin. Her cousin apparently thought raping his victims was a good idea. Not long and they were caught. Having turned State evidence Niki got out in 3 years and recently moved to the projects (you know, the place the State "helps the poor") and was just shot by random drive-by. I worry about their daughter. Niveah I was told she was "happy and adjusted". My response was: I don't think you can be F*cking 'happy and adjusted' living in the god damn Projects in FLint in a drug-den. Response: Don't use Gods name like that. What do you want me to do? I don't have money for them. I really don't want to know. Those people are evil people (referring to Niki and her family). *sign* -- When I say the system is broken, what I mean is: The system is broken. I could write why Liberalism failed and why "Thank you Steve Jobs you took his Kidney - Happy Now!!??" ... is 180 degrees of insane but it wouldn't really matter. Poverty breeds poverty. Niveah's grandmother works for children protective services for the State. She's done nothing. The State is not going to help you. The community could, maybe, if it's not overwhelmed and moral. But not the State. Anyway, the conversation ended with with me being told Yea, Niveah, I can tell she's not happy inside. But, what can I do? The Great Society indeed.