In previous blogs, I addressed how people become homeless because of irresponsible, destructive behavior, such as drug and alcohol abuse, gluttony, materialism and sloth. Not everybody becomes homeless for those reasons, and a homeless person should not be labeled a persona non grata just because he or she is homeless.
The name “Skid Row“, unfortunately gives some people an image of the homeless – raggedy looking drunks rummaging through trash cans, lying drunk on the street, etc. In my experience the past 3 ½ years hanging with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA, I found that this is not the case here. Prior to this, my experience even seeing the homeless was when my daughter and I navigated around people sleeping on steaming grates in Philadelphia as we walked to a school where my daughter was participating in a play.
People outside the homeless community are drunks and druggies and have other character flaws. The folks in a recent police report have homes: http://levittownnow.com/2017/08/10/police-log-numerous-drug-related-arrests-tools-stolen-from-van-more/ There are bad apples in every walk of life.
Who are today’s homeless? http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html
Loss of job because of sickness and because of the economy is a cause of homelessness. Big government programs, big government in general is not the answer, as some homeless advocates think. In the late 20s and 30s, when big government intervention reared its ugly head, millions of people became hobos, hopping trains to look for work and food. Others, smaller farms, as depicted in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath became homeless because of big government intervention, where the government, for example, paid the large farm conglomerates to burn crops, drove across Route 66 – but didn’t get their kicks – to find work in California.
Today, there is more homelessness in blue, progressive/liberal states than in red, conservative states.
Late 2013, The Boston Globe reported:
Record numbers of homeless families are overwhelming the state’s emergency shelter system, filling motel rooms at the cost to taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars a year.
“An average of 2,100 families a night — an all-time high — were temporarily housed in motel rooms in October, just about equaling the number of families staying in emergency shelters across the state, according to state Department of Housing and Economic Development.
The demand for shelter is so great that the state has been temporarily shipping homeless families from Boston to motels in Western Massachusetts…
So much for liberal Massachusetts. In New York, as New York Magazine reports:
“Here in New York, they found a thirteen-percent increase, for a total of 64,060 people living in shelters and on the street. And in Los Angeles, the homeless population jumped 27 percent, to 53,798.”
The New Yorker brought up The Skinny Socialist’s, aka Barack Obama’s, promise to end chronic and veteran homelessness in America by 2015 and presented a reality check that all the homeless in NYC can’t fit into the seats at Yankee Stadium.
By contrast, Texas, a red state where freedom, low taxes, and restrictions on government intrusion prevail, is the place where people are fleeing from blue states, an exodus like the Israelites fleeing Egypt.
A tale of two homeless people in Bucks County: One homeless guy kept quitting jobs after working long enough to collect unemployment, and at least some of the jobs someone got for him. He ended up getting disability, the unofficial but de facto reason that he’s lazy (a sloth) and irresponsible and on county assisted housing, not earning a penny himself. Another homeless man sought work, working temp jobs and finally getting a good permanent job.
How to fight homelessness?
- Don’t vote for progressives
“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”