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A childs perspective on helping the homeless

A modern Appalachian folktale tells a story of the right way and the
wrong way to promote social change in America.

I recently asked my friend's little girl what she wanted to be when she
grows up. She said she wanted to be president some day. Both of her
parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, "If
you were president what would be the first thing you would do?"

She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people." Her
parents beamed. "Wow... what a worthy goal." I told her, "But you don't
have to wait until you're president to do that. You can come over to my
house and rake my leaves, pull weed s, and mow the lawn, and I'll pay
you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the
homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food
and a new house."

 
tnmomofive

Asked by tnmomofive at 8:40 PM on Apr. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (13)
  • Sums it up beautifully!
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:57 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in
    the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the
    work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

    I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

    Her parents still aren't speaking to me.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 8:41 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • LOL! Love it!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:42 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • ooops the above was me, hit the anon by accident
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 8:42 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • ROFL lalalalaololololo ROFL.... That is soooo true!!!
    mom2twobabes

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 8:43 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • That is hil-arious

    SyndiB

    Answer by SyndiB at 8:43 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • lmao hahahaha
    SThompson21

    Answer by SThompson21 at 8:45 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • Oh please. A lot of people on assistance DO work, they just need a little extra help. A large number of them are tax payers themselves. And then many who are currently jobless and homeless are people with college educations who lost their jobs. There are only so many jobs to go around and the minimum wage jobs aren't often enough without some sort of help on the side. Republicans like to make it sound like ALL people on assistance are lazy people who are unwillingly to work. They are usually often the same people who won't donate to food banks even though most food banks provide food to people who work and who don't qualify for food stamps but who don't quite make enough to buy groceries. people who had good jobs until they lost them. Republicans LOVE to pass judgement. And yes, I am posting anon. I do it because many Republicans are mean spirited people who like to harass people with a difference of opinion.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:25 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • my son and i go into dc every week with a couple of other people from my church to feed the homeless, they know we are comein, they wait for us. if someone asks for something like a jacket, he and i go buy it and bring it the next week. he is 5 1/2, and we have been doing this for a couple of years. i am so proud of him, and his genuine care and concern for the guys we reach out to. and i am hoping he grows up to help others, and to be nice to and intereact with others like he does now. even last time when we went to get a jacket he was so concerned about needing to buy a hat and gloves too so the guys head and hands wouldnt be cold.
    mommymeg03

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 9:26 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • Are you like my republican friend who thinks all homeless people are just too lazy to work?I believe a good number of them are mentally handicapped in some way.I'm quite sure there are very few homeless people who decided that that lifestyle was better than working for a living!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:32 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

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