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The Homeless Problem
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George Orwell
2009-11-09 21:39:58 UTC
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The "homeless problem" is really a misnomer.

They are "homeless" because they don't have the money to pay rent. They
don't have money because they choose to not work and/or to spend their
money on drugs and booze.

Here in Santa Cruz there _are_ jobs: people just have to be willing to
work at Taco Bell, or McDonald's, or cleaning houses, painting,
construction, etc. The jobs exist. The jobs may not pay a lot, but they
are honest jobs. Of course, many of the so-called homeless can make a lot
more than the $6 an hour these jobs pay by simply begging for "spare
change" and doing a little stealing, hooking, and dealing.

Face it, the beggar lifestyle is a choice they are making. The so-called
"homeless problem" (or "homeless crisis") is really just about this
lifestyle choice.

(And I'm not persuaded by the argument about how "homeless persons" can't
get jobs because they don't have showers, or don't have clean
clothes...all of these things are solvable with a hot shower, a haircut,
a clean set of thrift shop clothes, etc. The lack of a fixed address is
solvable by them living with their parents, or with friends who are
working, etc. Exactly how many young kids who work at fast food places did
it.)

It's time we stop referring to "the homeless" and simply call them what
they really are: winos and bums, hobos and tramps, drifters. Just plain
beggars.

It's time we tell them to just get jobs, or rot. They are simply not the
"problem" for those of us who are out there working honest jobs.

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2009-11-11 17:00:09 UTC
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Post by George Orwell
The "homeless problem" is really a misnomer.
It's time we stop referring to "the homeless" and simply call them what
they really are: winos and bums, hobos and tramps, drifters. Just plain
beggars.
Or competitors.
Starcade
2009-11-12 22:52:44 UTC
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That's going to take gunfire, sir.

You tell the homeless to rot, and they will cut your ass.

Mike
Stan de SD
2009-12-23 17:26:44 UTC
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Post by Starcade
That's going to take gunfire, sir.
You tell the homeless to rot, and they will cut your ass.
Only in your most fervent masturbatory dreams of some non-existent
proletariatan revolution. Many homeless don't have the energy/
motivation to keep from sitting/sleeping in their own urine and feces.
Chasing someone with a knife involves way too much effort for someone
who has made a lack of effort the central theme of their life.

Tiss_Eliot
2009-11-14 21:07:16 UTC
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Post by George Orwell
The "homeless problem" is really a misnomer.
They are "homeless" because they don't have the money to pay rent. They
don't have money because they choose to not work and/or to spend their
money on drugs and booze.
Here in Santa Cruz there _are_ jobs: people just have to be willing to
work at Taco Bell, or McDonald's, or cleaning houses, painting,
construction, etc.  The jobs exist. The jobs may not pay a lot, but they
are honest jobs.  Of course, many of the so-called homeless can make a lot
more than the $6 an hour these jobs pay by simply begging for "spare
change" and doing a little stealing, hooking, and dealing.
Face it, the beggar lifestyle is a choice they are making. The so-called
"homeless problem" (or "homeless crisis") is really just about this
lifestyle choice.
(And I'm not persuaded by the argument about how "homeless persons" can't
get jobs because they don't have showers, or don't have clean
clothes...all of these things are solvable with a hot shower, a haircut,
a clean set of thrift shop clothes, etc. The lack of a fixed address is
solvable by them living with their parents, or with friends who are
working, etc. Exactly how many young kids who work at fast food places did
it.)
It's time we stop referring to "the homeless" and simply call them what
they really are: winos and bums, hobos and tramps, drifters. Just plain
beggars.
It's time we tell them to just get jobs, or rot. They are simply not the
"problem" for those of us who are out there working honest jobs.
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