Tuesday, April 19, 2005

For L.A. homeless: a gym, movies, and hair salon | csmonitor.com

"Opening Monday and trumpeted proudly by city officials is the Midnight Mission - and one of the nation's plushest homeless shelters. The $17 million state-of-the-art facility boasts a full-sized gymnasium, library, playroom, hair salon, education center, and professional kitchen. The shelter is the city's latest effort to address one of its most visible and resistant social problems: the more than 6,000 people who live on the streets."

Think about 17 million dollars for a minute. This is $17 million TAKEN from hardworking folks in the form of taxes.

I have to wonder in the logic of this. It seems to me it would be a far better thing to simply reduce the tax burden by $17 million. An extra chunk of cash would certainly encourage investment in new businesses in the long term.

If the city of Los Angeles is unwilling to wait for trickle down economics to work then another solution would be to create tax breaks and incentives for businesses that operate in this economically depressed area or hire some of these homeless people.

Hand-outs never help anyone, and creating a plush environment for people that have chosen to no longer contribute to society is just plain stupid.

Socialism is running amuck in this country.

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