The ‘Hard Times Generation’

Earlier in the year, “60 Minutes” visited with homeless children in Florida, who’d been forced by economic circumstances into poverty for the first time in their lives. Last night, the news magazine followed up, revisiting with families struggling to get by every day.

It’s a tough segment to watch, but it’s worth watching anyway.

If you can’t watch clips online, CBS posted the segment’s script.

As for the larger context, with more than 16 million children living in poverty, and already-full homeless shelters finding it necessary to turn families away, I’m inclined to suggest the Republican austerity agenda — fewer public investments, no jobs bills, prioritizing the debt over the economy, and tax breaks for the wealthy — isn’t just wrong; it’s disgusting.

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