The booming stock market just created 300,000 new millionaires, but at the other end of the economy, food stamp participation just hit a 10 year high.
SAN JOSE, Calif.
America's two economies couldn't be more stark. On the one hand, the stock market closed today with a 10-day bull streak and a wealth research group called Spectrem Group is announcing that 300,000 people have joined the status of millionaires. On the other, food stamp participation is at an all-time high, and one in four people lining up at Silicon Valley food pantries has a college degree.
On a morning the stock market was sailing to a record high and a chilly storm was blowing into Silicon Valley, Wendy Carle stuck her head out of the tent she calls home to find city workers duct taping an eviction notice to her flimsy, flapping shelter walls.
"I have no idea where I'm going to go," she said, tugging on her black sweatshirt over her brown curls and scooping up Hero, an albino dog.
She glanced at the glimmering windows on a cluster of high-tech office buildings just blocks away and shook her head.
"Did you know Google shares hit $840 each this morning?" she asked. "I just heard that on the radio."
Carle, who did not want to give her age, used to manage apartments. Today she lives on a Supplemental Security Income disability payment of $826 a month due to back and joint problems.
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