Originally Posted by bvpcvm
i doubt that drug dealers are the same people as the ones sleeping on the street. so you're talking about two distinct populations. i also doubt that many drug dealers actually live in ot/ct; they're just there to do business.
drug dealers are one thing. but i truly don't understand this visceral reaction against people who sleep on the street. after all, we closed down most of the psychiatric hospitals and let the patients out. what are they supposed to do now? if their mental issues are severe enough that they're unable or unwilling to live like the rest of us, what then? banish them to gresham? to longview? let us know where you'd like to see them go.
and then, how, exactly, do they make your life a lesser one? do they keep from you getting your daily latte? doubtful. stop you from entering the gap? do they keep you from getting a date? unlikely. so what exactly is it? let us know; then we'll rail you.
I honestly feel bad for the certifiably crazy people that aren't able to function. But once someone becomes a panhandler, then my attitude suddenly changes.
If you're smart enough to understand what our medium of exchange is and you're smart enough to know you need it to buy a pack of ciggies or a flask of whiskey or a dime-bag, then you're absolutely smart enough to sweep a broom across a floor.
If you're smart and physically capable enough to dig through the garbage for hours
to find bottles and cans to turn in for deposit, then surely you're smart and capable enough to be a sanitation worker.
The thing that bugs me here, is that without the spoils of civilization to coast on, these people couldn't survive making the choices they have made. Put them in the woods 5000 years ago with no roads, no soup kitchens, no churches, no clothes and no shelter and they wouldn't last particularly long sitting around waiting for someone to feed and clothe them.
Sitting around doing absolutely nothing is the most selfish thing of all. The Thai girl who worked a 12-hour day in the textile factory to make the shirt the panhandler is wearing or the Chinese laborer working in a Adidas sweatshop that made the shoes the panhandler is walking in to feed his family or the middle-class aid workers and contributors who facilitated those clothes being given to the panhandler simply don't have the option to be that selfish.