Gerard Sarnat, 1/2/2017
Current Occupation: Seeker
Former Occupation: Physician
Contact Information:Sarnat authored HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man, Disputes and 17s. Melting The Ice King (2016) poems were accepted by over seventy magazines including Gargoyle, Lowestoft Chronicle and The American Journal of Poetry. For Huffington Post and other reviews, reading dates, etc., visit Gerard Sarnat.com. Gerry’s built/staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO of healthcare organizations and Stanford Medical School professor. Gerry and his wife have three children and three grandkids with a fourth on the way.
“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”
— from Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, whom President Obama
invited to The White House to discuss America’s current state of affairs.
Converted from a government-run into the ground institution
to a for-profit cash cow conglomerate milked by the very rich,
prisons market to attract right-on bottom-line demographics
which have recently been extended beyond colored over white
after our green-visor titans of industry rewarded blue meanie
cops to go after blue chip young petty criminals who are then
given life sentences — thus all but guaranteeing above benchmark
green arrow return-on-investments by oy veh judges with hands
in the public tiller since granted humungous stock options gratis.
Human Rights Watch reports that an unintended consequence
is aging “tenants” with much greater needs for medical care
(which their corporate overseers often avoid to defray costs),
have become the most rapidly increasing incarcerated groupies:
inmates can wait years to even to see a nurse before the hearse.
The scales of justice are tipped further by a dirty little secret
embedded in the Social Security Administration’s SSR 83-21:
Title II: Persons Convicted Of A Felony: “No monthly benefits
shall be paid by reason of being under a disability to any individual
for any month during which such individual is confined in a jail,
prison, or other penal institution or correctional facility.”
Adding more than insult to injury, Uncle Jack’s 91 year-old wife
got a startling Dear John dunning letter from SSI requiring her
to return $8000 of checks that she received on hubby’s behalf —
each penny of which’d already been paid out for rent or buy food.
And when the longtime postman who made one bad mistake is done
in the slammer, furloughed to a halfway house, 25% of his earnings
from a Federal Bureau of Prisons-arranged job flipping burgers at
a McDonald’s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — where the state minimum
wage’s $7.25/ hour before holdbacks — will be deducted every month.