“We Could End Homelessness With The Money Americans Spend On Christmas Decorations,” announces a headline from Think Progress blogger Adam Peck. So far as we can tell, Americans haven’t exactly been taking to the streets demanding that people trade Christmas ornaments for welfare programs, but Peck’s article is interesting for what it reveals about those who are fighting to expand America’s welfare state. According to Peck, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says it could end “homelessness” if only its annual budget to fight the problem ballooned from $1.9 billion to $20 billion.
I do not agree with the authors conclusion as to what Christmas is about. Unfortunately most Americans have come to do so. However, I also do not agree with those they are objecting to who attempt to tell us that it is charitable to force others to give to the poor.
That is a stupid idea. These liberal imbeciles do not care about the jobs that would be lost if these decorations are no longer needed. I have a better idea.
Let´s add a 20% surcharge to all actors salaries. Let them pay 55% of their gross receipts from their movies "for the poor".
They did not create the movie they starred in. They did not create the script they read. They did not create the clothing they wore. They did not build the cameras used to film their movie. They did not build the movie houses that show their films. They make a tremendous amount of money for doing practically nothing. They can afford to give back...
Spoken like a true Objectivist. Ayn Rand would be proud.
There´s only one problem: While the writers make some valid points about what people can do with their money and what Jesus would have done, their conclusion, in my opinion, is reprehensibly, but typically Randian godlessness:
The purpose of your life is not to help the Tiny Tims of the world. It is to do everything in your power to create a life filled with joyous memories. That, by the way, is why we urge you to celebrate Christmas. We don’t believe Christmas is essentially a religious holiday or that it should be about serving the downtrodden. It’s about celebrating earthly prosperity and happiness.
Whew. Chrismas isn´t a religious holiday? Then why is it called CHRISTmas?
But they are right about Chrismas not being about "serving the downtrodden". Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ because of the gift He gave to humanity - eternal life through His own death, and purpose to our own earthly life. How do so many false premises about Christ and Christmas come about, anyway?
Want to end homelessness? Announce that, beginning next month, subsidies and entitlements will stop and homeless people will be rounded up and committed to worker camps for re-eductation. See how fast people will want to get jobs, any jobs.
“[T]he guy whose birthday we’re supposedly celebrating built his ministry out of helping the downtrodden and less fortunate.
No, He didn´t. His ministry was about telling people to get right with God because the Kingdom of God was at hand. It was about telling people that He, Jesus, was the long-awaited Messiah, come to "take away the sins of the world" by dying on a tree. Helping others was part of His teaching, not His purpose on earth.
And what´s with the "supposedly celebrating"? Snark for snark´s sake? Atheists seem to take great pride in ridiculing Jesus. Why bother if He means nothing?
We don´t need more people whose sole goal in life is to get noticed at any cost and to pursue "happiness" for themselves. They would do well to realize that their prosperity, let alone their next breath, comes from God´s hands, not their own.
A lot of the homeless don´t mind being homeless. How about the golden voice guy who could have gotten new jobs? he´s back on the street because he enjoys the care free life.Homeless people are broken from one reason or another.They don´t want any responsibility. Their drinking or drugs caused their own families to give up on them. The problem is being made worse by the Obama economy where low skilled people can´t find work.
You could round homeless people up and put them on reservations and airlift food and booze to them and call it a day.We´ve secluded native americans from society,why not them? Some crackpot in SF devised this plan to help the homeless and even got grants, IIRC and with overhead,it cost 10 grand a year per homeless person,just forthe housing and even then they preferred the street life.This is just another example of liberals thinking money is the answer to everything and not understanding the human condition.
Bravo @ 9. Here in New Orleans we have no open container laws and a temperate climate so we attract "ner de wells" from around the country. What liberals cannot wrap their heads around is that there are some people in our society that like living under expressways and bridges. Until they have a desire to stop drinking or drugging they will continue to live outside.
Does anyone actually know how much money it would take, annually, to eliminate poverty? Is it even possible to eliminate poverty? Or is that just a ruse? And just what is poverty? the lack of money, the lack of a will to work, the lack of knowledge or drive, the result of bad decisions or bad habits? If it is caused by a destructive lifestyle, wouldn´t supporting them be destructive too, enabling them to fall deeper into their destructive lifestyle?
And what happens to those people who have 60-70-80-90% of their earnings taken away and given to those that don´t earn it? Wouldn´t that make them give up and sit on their rear and let the government provide everything for them? How long would a nation last when nobody is working?
And in a welfare state, is it possible for anyone to become wealthy... other than the politicians?
Also, isn´t it interesting how the Left uses Jesus as the example of compassion, and how we should be more like Jesus, caring for the poor and downtrodden; but mention Jesus in a classroom and you´ll get fired, put a nativity scene on public property and you´ll have to remove it and possibly get fined.
It´s the left hijacking Christmas again and telling us what it means and how to celebrate/observe it. Chist came to aid the poor in spirit. That would be all of us. From a purely secular point of view, why would I put people out of work in order to give the money to the poor? If I put people out of work, I won´t have the money to give to the poor. We must return to charities and turn away from the government.
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