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panhandlers in detroit could face jail time

August 21, 2012

Ah, yes, liberalism in action. Fining and/or jailing the ‘least among us’ for begging in certain areas or in certain ways:

Panhandlers in Detroit could face jail time

Like most solutions to pressing social problems, if you don’t like something and can’t fix it, make a law to regulate it/turn it into a crime and profit from it, right? The saddest part of this is that it’ll just make things more difficult for those stuck in the cycle of poverty, allowing police to legally harass them more than already do, and ultimately making panhandlers even more aggressive as they struggle harder to survive. Instead of treating these people as fellow human beings, we, as a society, often treat them as if they’re some kind of pests, who, with their poverty and homelessness, are inconveniencing us trying to go about our day-to-day lives, never stopping to think about what it must be like to live a day in theirs.

Maybe instead of fining and jailing homeless people for begging, we could give them a place to stay for starters. There are more than enough vacant homes to house the homeless. Maybe a universal basic income is another possible solution. Or even providing better social programs that help the homeless and poor to find jobs would be infinitely more helpful than punishing them for being homeless or poor (e.g., by providing them with things like internet access, mailing addresses, phone numbers, showers, clean clothes for interviews, etc.).

Unfortunately, we currently seem to be more concerned about giving money to banks to bail them out of their irresponsible behaviour and spending money on invading and occupying foreign nations to provide for any of that. Christian nation my ass.


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