Originally Posted by Braineack
what's with the recent trend of banning feeding and donating to the homeless?
The fear if an area has a 'social welfare program', either public or private that benefits the homeless, the knowledge of that will spread resulting in an influx of homeless to that area.
Cities/counties do not want to incur expenditure on services provided to those who do not pay taxes.
Makes it hard to balance the budget and be seen as a hero.
So it's easier just to make it someone else's problem.
Today, one cannot successfully run an election campaign on an 'increasing taxes' platform, even if it were
the solution to our problems.
Btw: I include Joe's assessments of costs as 'services provided.'
Rabbit-trail: Our government was not originally intended to take care of all the social ills that inevitably come along with a society. It was assumed that 'the people' would address these problems (in an ethical manner) thus not burdening the 'gov't' and themselves further.
"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
If we claim to genuinely embrace Liberty, then we are compelled to satisfy the obligations due it. Today, we are a nation concerned with approaching 'government' as the panacea for all ills. We see these obligations as personal hindrance and impediment.
When we ignore, or demand another to fulfill, our
obligations, we relinquish that Liberty we hold so dear and thrust ourselves as indentured servants to an unpredictable master.
The burdens of Liberty are obligation and responsibility.
Only in Liberty is there true freedom,
Only in freedom is there choice.
Jefferson would roll over in his grave if he knew how much we've indebted ourselves to China; that is, if he hadn't expected us to be this way eventually.
The Canadians and Germans see what's happened...