Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Homeless - Occam's Razor

"Now this is one of the very reasons I moved from the Demos to the Repubs. I was tired of getting junk email wanting me to give to some left wing organization to save the tsetse fly from extinction or to start a gay club or some such crap!!

The story goes......

I was talking to a friend's little girl, and she said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her,

"If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?"

She replied, "I'd give houses to all the homeless people."

"Wow - what a worthy goal." I told her, "You don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow, pull weeds, and rake my yard, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward a new house."

She thought that over for a few seconds 'cause she's only 6. And while her Mom glared at me, she looked me straight in the eye and asked, Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50? (/Occam)"

And I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

Her folks still aren't talking to me."

Before everyone thinks that I am heartless, I work for an organization that whose main purpose is to help veterans who are homeless (but need a positive motivation for change). The veteran aspect of my work goes very well. I also serve on a county task force to end homelessness. The concept is admirable, but I am out numbered. Too many social workers who are trying to save the world because their childhood was screwed up (personal opinion). The majority concept is that if just housing is provided, then homelessness will be eliminated. Am I missing something?

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