That's what it's like all the time to live in the US. At least that's how it is in Santa Barbara. People beg in the streets everywhere. They like to stand on street medians or at the ends of highway off-ramps with their cardboard signs. Lots of them on the main street in town with their signs. Lots at the exits of shopping center parking lots, especially the shopping centers that have health food stores. Some are homeless, some are just passing through, some are clearly addicts, some are clearly severely mentally ill. Most people I know make less money than they used to. I do by about 20%. My boyfriend makes 40% less than he used to and he's got the same job at the same company. There's not much hint of violence or impending revolution or a sense people are going to take to the streets or anything like that. We've all gotten pretty used to it. Although here and there you hear about shootings and stuff like that guy yesterday in Manhattan who killed a former co-worker.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 157.5 x 2