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(Reuters)   There are about 1.5 million homeless people in America. The banks that we bailed out have about 1.5 million homes sitting on their books and falling into disrepair. Hmmm... I wonder how we can solve both these problems?   (reuters.com) divider line 16
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2012-06-08 01:30:16 AM  
7 votes:
I wonder how we can solve both these problems?

Jail the homeless, raise taxes on the median workers to pay for the prisons and guards, and cut taxes for the bank executives.
2012-06-08 08:55:43 AM  
4 votes:

cman: So, we should bus people out of their home state to go live on a farm in Montana in the middle of farking nowhere?


Is that the same farm people send their old dogs to?

Because I'm suspicious.
2012-06-08 08:59:58 AM  
3 votes:

joshiz: Homeless people are generally crappy at fixing up dilapidated houses.


But you have to admit that they're GREAT at electrical and plumbing extraction.
2012-06-08 11:26:29 AM  
1 votes:
After reading all the posts, I had to check to make sure I was still on Fark. I didn't see much, if any, left wing derp on the page. I guess all the liberals are still sleeping. Makes sense. They probably went out Thursday night and don't have jobs so they're sleeping off the hangover.
2012-06-08 11:24:23 AM  
1 votes:

HotWingConspiracy: cirby: Then, after a few decades of that, a different group of "Progressives" said we should "mainstream" mentally ill people with drugs (even though the success rate was known to be pretty low). So they let them out and put them on the street, or in "transition programs." Which didn't work, since the crazy people stopped taking their drugs when they were out of the hospitals. That's how the US ended up with a million or so "homeless" people who are mostly just crazy people outside of mental hospitals.

Interesting take on Regan defunding mental health programs.


You might be a troll if you can't spell Reagan properly.
2012-06-08 11:22:12 AM  
1 votes:

NewportBarGuy: Chariset: I don't want to get NIMBY, but would you want to live across the street from a neighborhood filled with formerly homeless people?

Yes, some are just down on their luck, but a lot of them have real mental/psychological problems.

Well, think of the positive side. If people were faced with that kind of neighbor, might they not pool their resources, buy the house, fix it up for sale or rental? Sometimes scaring the sh*t out of people can spur them into action.


So your solution is to get people who are fine on their mortgages to overleverage and buy extra houses, giving profit to the banks.

I feel like we've been here before... OH WAIT.
2012-06-08 11:15:13 AM  
1 votes:

dslfobia: Give free houses to the homeless? Really? And let the banks take the loss? Good lord.../never go full retard subtard...never...


At the same time... I kind of want to do this. Once it fails miserably (selling the houses for booze, turning into hoarders, eyesores, etc) we can finally shut the liberals up.

/would never work though, liberals ignore facts.
2012-06-08 11:12:24 AM  
1 votes:

HotWingConspiracy: cirby: Then, after a few decades of that, a different group of "Progressives" said we should "mainstream" mentally ill people with drugs (even though the success rate was known to be pretty low). So they let them out and put them on the street, or in "transition programs." Which didn't work, since the crazy people stopped taking their drugs when they were out of the hospitals. That's how the US ended up with a million or so "homeless" people who are mostly just crazy people outside of mental hospitals.

Interesting take on Regan defunding mental health programs.


reAgan!! It's not that hard to spell!!

/unless I'm missing out on a meme, if so please carry on.
2012-06-08 11:05:04 AM  
1 votes:
Considering that in the U.S. we have a varying definition of what is required to be "homeless," I question that number to some extent. When I went to college a while back, the city counted the dorm occupants as homeless because their definition used the phrase "lacks a fixed or regular residence" and the state made an issue of it. The school paper then had a huge number of letters from students wanting the government to cover their residence expenses. I know, CSB, but I still haven't seen a counting method that doesn't guess a lot at the number.
2012-06-08 10:57:31 AM  
1 votes:
Demolish the empty houses to build for-profit debtors prisons, jail the homeless and bankrupt, then send the bill to everyone making less than $200,000/yr?
2012-06-08 10:56:26 AM  
1 votes:

HotWingConspiracy: That would be a really terrible solution that would benefit almost no one.


Yup. The simplistic thinkers have simplistic notions that help no one.

The childish idea that 'giving empty houses to homeless people solves two problems' ignores lots of issues like who pays for the mortage and taxes, are there jobs for the homeless, are the homeless down on their luck or are they insane and pushed out of institutions with the aid of 'advocates' who think they are better on the street than being taken care of by the state?

Or does Subby think that the new homeless home-owners shouldn't have to pay taxes or utilities let alone mortages?
2012-06-08 10:51:40 AM  
1 votes:
People are generally homeless due to severe under education, mental problems, drug problems, etc. Tossing them the keys to the house just ensures you'll have a destroyed house in a year or less.
2012-06-08 10:47:51 AM  
1 votes:
Sure, you might be homeless in Louisiana and only know people who could give you a chance of getting on your feet in Louisiana, but let's send you to Massachusetts because we found a falling-down rowhouse for you there.

Or,

HotWingConspiracy: That would be a really terrible solution that would benefit almost no one.

2012-06-08 10:43:53 AM  
1 votes:
That would be a really terrible solution that would benefit almost no one.
2012-06-08 10:42:48 AM  
1 votes:
What happens every time you put section-8 housing into decent neighborhoods? Yup, these losers destroy the property, lower home values and bring their 3rd world mentality of crime and filth.
2012-06-08 12:53:01 AM  
1 votes:
Give free houses to the homeless? Really? And let the banks take the loss? Good lord.../never go full retard subtard...never...
 
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