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2019-05-03 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
San Francisco billionaire gives $30 mln to study homelessness
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Posted by Fred 2019-05-03 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6466 views ]  Top

#1 The study need to expand into "why don't they have the money?"

Heck! Just give me three millions and I'll have a well written thesis on why we have homeless and some possible solutions.

Seems like many of us, if not most, can do the same...
Posted by Seeking Cure For Ignorance 2019-05-03 00:57||   2019-05-03 00:57|| Front Page Top

#2 I suggest the first step in studying the homeless in SanFran is to take stool samples.
Posted by Airandee  2019-05-03 06:18||   2019-05-03 06:18|| Front Page Top

#3 or how about use the 30 million too build homeless shelters
Posted by chris 2019-05-03 07:14||   2019-05-03 07:14|| Front Page Top

#4 Probably the same reason they get rats, pigeons, and cockroaches in your urban areas. If you build it, they will come.
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-05-03 07:23||   2019-05-03 07:23|| Front Page Top

#5 The cost for virtue signaling is rising..
Posted by Warthog 2019-05-03 09:25||   2019-05-03 09:25|| Front Page Top

#6 First, stop all the bleeding heart liberals from feeding these people. Do away with all minimum wage laws because these people aren't worth minimum wages. Then set up little factories where they can do piece work like weaving cheap rugs or baskets or any of the multitude of items that are being made in places like China. Call them sweat shops if you will. They would pay pennies, enough for a burger and fries at a fast food restaurant. The more pieces they made, the more pennies they'd be paid. Pay them what they're worth. Wouldn't that be better than having them live on the sidewalks? Tell the homeless bums they have a choice between working and starving. Let them live in tents or plywood boxes. If the people of San Francisco want the sweat shops in downtown San Francisco, that's their business but I'd prefer to set them up in the desert where land is cheaper and we don't have to look at them anymore.

So, now that I've solved that problem can I please have my $30 million?
Posted by Abu Uluque 2019-05-03 12:52||   2019-05-03 12:52|| Front Page Top

#7 No, mainly because you didn't answer the original question, "why are they homeless?"
Posted by Seeking Cure For Ignorance 2019-05-03 13:00||   2019-05-03 13:00|| Front Page Top

#8 Sigh. They are homeless because they are worthless bums and drug addicts and they are allowed to get away with it because of all the bleeding hearts who commission $30 million studies instead of doing what needs to be done.
Posted by Abu Uluque 2019-05-03 14:38||   2019-05-03 14:38|| Front Page Top

#9 Now, dammit, I have answered the question and solved the problem. Where's my money?
Posted by Abu Uluque 2019-05-03 14:39||   2019-05-03 14:39|| Front Page Top

#10 Expensive mirror.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2019-05-03 15:26||   2019-05-03 15:26|| Front Page Top

#11 Abu, you're getting there, but Fred hit the nail on the head "They don't have the money to buy a house or rent an apartment."

Some of the homeless are as you said, but there are many others who do work full time jobs or two, and they still cannot afford a place to live.

The problem doesn't just lay with the homeless, but also on the "rent seekers".

Of course, nobody want to blame the rich rent seekers, so they look elsewhere to blames.

There is no simple causes nor solutions.
Posted by Seeking Cure For Ignorance 2019-05-03 15:59||   2019-05-03 15:59|| Front Page Top

#12 You could try Capitalism, AKA not taxing incomes but taxing titles.

But no-one really likes that.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2019-05-03 17:56||   2019-05-03 17:56|| Front Page Top

#13 they still cannot afford a place to live

I don't suppose they could, well, migrate to someplace cheaper than San Francisco? Nah, that's crazy talk.

I loved the streets of Paris
Although I couldn't pay
The story was the same in Rome
And so I Romed away
I've been painfully hip while struggling in Brooklyn
Now I'm bumming home to my sidewalk by the bay

I plopped my heart in San Francisco
King of the hill, and all for free
I'll jump your little cable cars
And work on my memoirs
And the morning log will fill the air
But don't dare stare! Etc.
Posted by Flager Brown7681 2019-05-03 18:19||   2019-05-03 18:19|| Front Page Top

#14 Those many working people who can't afford Bay Area rents liv in Livermore, Pleasanton, etc. and commute. Professional Homeless are the longterm Homeless, regardless of location. If they could afford rent without cutting into the cig/booze/drug budget, they probably still wouldn't. They'd just increase levels of consumption. You can only help those who want it and will work for it
Posted by Frank G 2019-05-03 20:44||   2019-05-03 20:44|| Front Page Top

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