Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The War Against the Poor

"OK, Sister Drop That Sandwich!"
says the headline of an article in Newsweek about America's war on the poor.

"Compassionate conservatives" in Congress never saw a tax-cut they didn't like, never found the empathy to help fund the social services they dumped on the evangelical faith-based ministries that sprang up on hopes of getting on the federal dole while prosyletizing the needy, and never said no to a pork-barrel project for a K-Street lobbyist.

"Compassionate conservatives" in local government never want to see people who are hungry or homeless. Now they are making it illegal to give away food in public parks.

4 comments:

Jeff the Baptist said...

"Compassionate conservatives" in local government never want to see people who are hungry or homeless. Now they are making it illegal to give away food in public parks.

Pray tell, who would these "compassionate conservatives" be? Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer? He's a Democrat by the way. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman? Also a Democrat. It seems your rant against Republicans might be a bit misplaced...

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

Jeff,

Mayors don't make the ordinances, city council's do.

But you are right about the criticism being misplaced. After checking the composition of the City Council in Orlando, the ordinance was initiated by a Democrat and it looks like a majority of the the council is democrat.

This may another example of Democrats moving so far to the right that they might as well be Republicans.

Jeff the Baptist said...

Yup. Las Vegas is the same way when last I checked. The Mayor is essentially just the head city councilman and the council is majority Democrat. For that matter most major cities in the country are probably majority Democrat given the 2000/2004 electoral maps.

I don't think this is a right or left thing. All men are sinners and both political parties are ultimately made up of men.

Snoofy said...

I remember one time when I was approached by a homeless man who was stone drunk. He asked me for a quarter, and I told him, "No." I went inside a store and came back out, then saw the beggar across the street. He looked at me and laughted. I soon found out why. He had sliced one of my tires. My stinginess with a quarter cost me a couple hours of time and $100, though that was a minor inconvenience when one considers my relative wealth and his poverty.

My point, however, is that homeless men scare people, especially women - and not entirely without just reason. They approach you drunk and ask for money. Let me tell you, you better give them something. As men, we often do not appreciate the fear women live with. They carefully consider where they get out of their car, especially at night, but also during the day. I'm just saying mayors and city councils have to deal with these issues.

Certainly, a law against giving someone a sandwich is a pretty stupid law. Maybe if we hadn't spent a half trillion dollars on a pointless war in Iraq, we would have the resources to appropriately help the homeless.