@Redshirt, the problem with your egotistic rationalization is that supposedly
we the people are the government, but the power of government is usurped by the
rich and powerful to stuff their own lunch pails leaving the poor and powerless
begging in the streets. Unfortunately the problem social/financial disparity is
too invasive in America for an individual to solve; it is a government job.
However, I agree with you that we should each do what we can to assist those in
To "skeptic" wow, you really sound like Scrooge before the ghosts came
to visit. Why is it that government has to do anything? Why can't help be
organized by YOU?Why turn to the government? That is like
complaining about how hot a fire is, just before you add in another log.
Government feeds on special programs. The more you give it, the bigger it
becomes. Eventually it becomes so big and so intrusive that it kills those that
it ws meant to serve.
skepticPhoenix, AZI am uncertain about AZ, but Utah has
federal, state and private charitable recourses available for the homeless
including social workers who can assist. Begging is supplementary income for
most panhandlers.Their plight is not the fault of the "greedy rich."
Demonize either the rich or the poor is not a constructive solution.
In Idaho I saw 2 panhandler on opposite side of the street each holding a sign
that they were veterans in need and God bless and all the rest of the sob story.
Working the streets. Veterans have access to disabilty and other benefits.
They were obviously working at making money for those that feel sorry for them
and haven't taken the time to think and observe. In Salt Lake when we were
visiting with our children, my daughter saw a panhandler begging. She took all
her small spending allowance for our trip and gave it to the man. Then we saw
him get into a cadillac. She was devastated. I will never give to a
panhandler. The other thing that really gripes me is to see them begging and
have a large dog to feed with them. If they are so hungry maybe ......
I think the issue of panhandling is a very difficult problem for civil leaders.
I really feel for cities trying to address this issue. As an aspiring economist,
I recently conducted a field experiment to satisfy my own curiosity on just how
much money panhandlers can make. I went undercover and spent 80 hours
panhandling at an exit ramp. My average hourly wage was considerably north of
minimum wage ($8.90 an hour). I also collected interesting data on the people
who donated. I wrote about my experiences in a book called Exit Ramp: A Short
Case Study of the Profitability of Panhandling. I think any city dealing with
this problem needs to acknowledge that there are both those who panhandle
because of an inability to get steady employment (mental health issues), and
those who panhandle because it is possible to earn good money doing it. Figuring
out how to help the one and discourage the other is no easy task.
Street corners are another hazardous situation. Signs posted at strategic
locations (street corners or sidewalks near off/on ramps) giving locations of
the nearest shelter or other facility for aid to homeless/poor would help people
while avoiding hazardous situations- drivers would know that these people have
access to help.
What does concretebo's comment have to do with this article? I thought
comments are now review to make sure they relate. Next, my husband lost a job
as it was shipped to another country. We had a mortgage to pay. He worked 3
part-time jobs till he found a full time one. There are jobs available to those
willing to work. The news has shown us that many of these panhandlers (this is
their job) they collect a 100 to 200 dollars a day and pay no taxes on any of
it. I feel bad for the true homeless people but there are places for them to get
meals and sleep and they try to help the homeless get jobs. A lot of people are
not willing to work for minimum wage. My husband worked three jobs at one time.
My personal opinion is that panhandlers should spend their time trying to get a
job instead of begging for money. I'm bothered by the blame game that some
homeless place on their circumstance. I've been out of work with 5 kids
and I know what that felt like. I secured a part time job at $9 per hour. It
was tough, but it gave me something productive to do that helped me feel better
about myself and actually opened the door for a better opportunity. These
people who are homeless, while I feel bad they don't have a home and other
necessities of life, I have to ask, 'what are you doing to make your
situation better?' Standing on the corner begging isn't making a
tough situation better nor is it helping society any. To the homeless I ask,
what skills do you have that you can use to contribute to society? Don't
blame your circumstances for whatever plight you have found yourself in.
Rather, rise up to meet your potential (which is much greater than you realize).
There needs to be better federal and state social programs to aid America's
unfortunate so that they don't have to stand out in the cold streets and
beg for a few crumbs from the replete tables of the greedy rich.
Most panhandlers are not destitute, homeless people.
Actually Happy to Be Here .I believe in a woman' s choice to do with
her body as she so chooses. I do not like the fact that there are woman out
there that use an abortion as an easy fix for their promiscuity .Not for
abortion other than a Rape .
Amazing that anyone would vote against such reasonable legislation. Especially
when it is such an obvious menace to society to have panhandlers blocking roads
and traffic. Can't imagine the arguments on the other side, but won't
be surprised to see them. Doubt that the liberal side would defend the abortion
protesters being able to do this stuff. We'll see.
Reasonable legislation. Here in Pocatello last year I saw a panhandler unwisely
standing on the tip of an island at an intersection in icy road conditions. The
road is such that cars have the potential to skid on ice and ride up onto the
island, out of control. I presume the panhandler didn't realize his
jeopardy because he wasn't driving, and couldn't tell just how slick
that curved bit of road was.