With the news of the $2 trillion stimulus bill (now law) in my mind, and after a finally successful search for hand sanitizer, I drove home and along the way I saw what I always see so much of these days, homeless people.
The thought occurred to me: it is bad enough we with places to live have to endure this pandemic, but what about the homeless?
And this really galls me: so, before all of this, politicians (and the general public) just threw up their hands about the homeless situation. Tsk, tsk, tsk, but what can we do? Just not in the budget to do anything.
Oh, but come the Covid-19 pandemic that threatens us all (the whole world), young and middle aged and old, rich, middle class, lower class, homeless, suddenly out of the thin air the federal government, with a Republican (you know they are fiscally conservative) in the White House and a Republican-controlled senate, that effectively controls the gate on all legislation, yes suddenly out of thin air, $2 trillion in one bill, the most expensive ever passed. My Lord!
But we did not have anything for the homeless. What would Jesus say, all of you God-fearing Republicans? And for that matter, all of you God-fearing whatever you are.
I know the homeless situation is a complicated problem. Really. Who are these people? How did they get into that situation (so many people are a paycheck away)? How many of them are in such poor mental and physical shape that they would never be part of the regular working society? Do you find individual homes for them? Who pays for that? Do you make camps for them? Can people be forced to live in a camp, which might have its own security problems? And where would these camps be (not in my backyard, many would say)? And years ago, Sacramento County (California) tried to force the homeless to stay in a specific quarters only to be told by a court that such an order was unlawful.
Whatever. Humanity, common decency, and health for everyone for gosh sakes, demands we do something about and for the homeless. And no I don’t think one has a right to be homeless — to put it bluntly, not when you poop on the street or in the backyards or in the parks. It is not healthy for the homeless or the rest of society. And it is a blight.
To my mind, there should be camps. They need to be safe and reasonably comfortable but they do not have to be plush, spartan might do. The rent would be to take part in keeping the place up to the best of one’s ability.
It will cost money.
Just like that $2 trillion stimulus bill.
I’m not a Bernie Sanders fan, but I was with him when he mocked those Republicans who objected to people on unemployment getting $600 on top of what their state might alot for their, I guess, weekly check. Oh my god the world will fall apart! he mocked.
In some cases people might make more on unemployment than working. One can see that in at least two ways: getting more not to work is not a good incentive to work or maybe the employers should be paying more money in the first place. Of course the idea is that people are being paid as an insurance and only till they can secure employment again. But how millionaires and billionaires can fret over such pocket change (in their world) is a little disgusting to me.
You see, these folks live in a very different world, far from the madding crowd.
What they might keep in mind, however, is that crowd outnumbers them. Guess maybe that is why they voted for the $1,200 for individuals and more for families, and the unemployment bonus, along with the billion-dollar giveaways for big business.
I realize that even some people of more modest means might see padding out the unemployment checks as fiscally irresponsible and wrong but one has to realize this is a special situation — and the idea is to somehow keep the economy going with a huge amout of people forced to stay home in this pandemic. Will it work? Seems to me if it contineues for long it would create inflation. I mean governments through history have printed money to keep afloat and it did not work.
But right now more important than economics is science — we really need to heed the doctors on this one and turn a deaf ear to some pandering politicians.