4 thoughts on “July 7, 2018

  1. Enjoying the current storyline.

    I just wanted to note that according to a HUD study from c. 2013, it costs society about $40k/year for a person to be homeless (emergency room visits, police, fire, jail, etc.). Straight up providing supportive housing to a homeless person (the Housing First model is the one that advocates in my community support) is about *half* that amount per year.

    So helping people who have slipped through the cracks is both the moral & compassionate act *and* the fiscally best approach! Given that analysis, it is crazy that it is so difficult to address homelessness in th U.S.

    Pardon my soapboxing.

    • The problem is that the reluctance to do anything about it tends to fall under the Libertarian “If you *give* Those (lazy, shiftless) People X (Where “X” is Food assistance, housing assistance, etc.), they won’t be motivated to work for it” philosophy, with a heapin’ helpin’ of “Let the charities handle it” on the side. American Capitalism abhors the thought of anyone (other than the Rich*, of course) getting anything for free in the long term.

      *who, because they are Rich, deserve Nice Things like tax breaks, lower interest payments on loans (as well as easy access to the loans themselves), government subsidies, land grants, etc.

  2. Barry’s random act of kindness must have been the fuel to respark Harvey’s faith in humanity. If that isn’t a ringing endorsement for Barry to get close to Anna Maria I don’t know what is…

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