Why do I find it offensive if you are homeless and blow a few hundred dollars on a guitar, or alcohol, or weed? I don’t if you purchase with your own money. In response to http://homelesstales.com/2009/08/the-price-of-sanity/ , if you are using my tax dollars, the money meant for an SRO/ food, payment to a shelter, soap, clothing, laundry funds, etc: if you are using it for week and a beer – even $7 a day ($210 a month) on anything bit basic living essentials – yes! I am angry and- I want our money back.
I don’t begrudge anyone a good time. We all need laughter and love in addition to food in order to stay alive. SSI checks, Cash Aid funds, etc are not “beer run funds”.
I had this conversation often in a supported living building I worked in where the rent increased with the SSI payments and the folks were angry that they did not have the money for internet or cable television. Hello! The internet is free at the public library. Cable TV is not a necessity. (Or so I hope since I don’t have either AND I have a job, AND I have an apartment.
If you want luxuries – rock on. Just pay for them with your own money , not publicly issued funds. And, when governments decide to eliminate those funds, understand that you’ve told us that they are not really NEEDED because you didn’t spend the money on items and services that kept you alive.
Yes, there are empty apartments- but that doesn’t mean you should get to live there just because it is housing and you are homeless. Get over your ENTITLEMENT issues.
Yes, we are outsourcing and shipping jobs out of the country. Take your free time and visit those companies, join the groups trying to keep jobs here. Get the education to do those jobs (Reagan made the funds available to you) and address that issue…with the folks who can change it.
Quit belly aching grasshopper. The world doesn’t owe you anything. I want you to be able to kick back and play your guitar and have a beer: when YOU pay for it with YOUR money.
Comment on my blog www.homelessinla.wordpress.com .
Oh, and to everyone who Twittered their support for the origional post: SERIOUSLY?! How about we stop the cash aid to the author and YOU personally give him $600 in cash. Will your view of how that money is spent be changed when it is YOUR money he is getting high with? Because, let me tell you, it IS your money he’s using.