"The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión
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Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
I find the reasons for wanting to move the homeless rather superficial, and that is what is bothering me. Its a nicely worded attempt to kick the can down the road instead of finding real solutions.
Feeding them, by whatever means and wherever it may be won't solve the homelessness issue at all. As a nation, we have accomplished so much, so why can't we come up with a solution to treat our fellow citizens, many of which may be veterans, as the human beings they are instead of shoving them away? Moving them down the block may give the appearance that all is well, but it is not.
Lol, and no, I don't have a solution either, other than helping out as much as I can, and thanking you and your family for doing the same.
1) They chose to be homeless
2) They're all addicts and alcoholics
3) It's easier than working for a living
4) They're all lazy
5) They're all "bums"
6) They're all crazy
7) There's no incentive for them to not remain homeless
It's amazing how many people think all of the above is 100% fact for 100% of all the homeless people out there.
Is some of it true for some of the homeless? Yes. Absolutely.
Is most of it false for most of the homeless? Yes. Absolutely.
The vast majority of Americans today are one serious car accident away from being homeless.
One job loss away from being homeless.
One illness (cancer for instance) away from being homeless.
A divorce away from being homeless.
One slip, fall, or trip away from being homeless.
A simple series of some bad luck can easily put the vast majority of any of us on the fast road to homelessness.
To deny that is simple ignorance.
Another thing that's quite funny is that many of the same people that rail against the idea of feeding the homeless and helping the poor also think that government subsidies to large corporations are "capitalism at it's finest".
Groups seek out the homeless to pass out food. The city believes feeding the homeless on the street keeps them on the street. The city believes that by not feeding the hard-core homeless will force them to feeding centers...ie Salvation Army shelters.
It does not. Hardcore homeless medicate the hunger.
I heard of a homeless guy that would sleep in the bed of a man's pick-up. The man tried to get the guy help and food...the guy told the man he did not want to eat because then he would then need to use the restroom. The guy died last winter.
Last edited by 1750Texan; 10-25-14 at 08:45 AM.
I think this is a big gray area. On one hand regulating who you can give food to and where just seems wrong. On the other hand, I would imagine these cities are cities that have a big homeless problem and much of that is most likely due to their being in areas and climates that attract homeless from all over to them. Regardless of why someone is homeless, a lot of homeless in an area trashes everything up. Just look at how much trash and filth is in a park that has a lot of homeless hanging out in it. No one wants that in their backyard or for that matter their city. Instead of a ordinance on where you can feed the homeless, it might be better to have a program that conditioned getting food on their using trash receptacles and not taking a dump in an alley.
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