Sunday, November 23, 2008

New York Law Says All Or Nothing

Now that subfreezing nights have come to the Northeast, the city of New York has ordered churches to stop offering shelter to the homeless, on the grounds that churches aren’t doing enough to offer shelter to the homeless:
City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people.

With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week -- or not at all.
Wonder how long before they decide this would be good policy to take toward soup kitchens, too? “I can only afford to feed you one day a week, but for the rest of the week there’s other places – no, wait. I’m not allowed to feed you today because I can’t afford to feed you tomorrow. No soup for you. Aren’t you glad the city’s looking out for your best interests?”

You know how charities will request that people make even small donations, on the grounds that “every little bit helps?” New York law forbids this. Churches can’t even combine for tag-team partnerships offering five or more days between them: “All right, Hope Episcopal will take people in on Sundays and Thursdays, and on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays they can go to St. Bernadette’s. Still leaves Wednesday and Saturday open, though. I wonder what the Methodists are doing?”

Still, don’t get the impression that New York’s homelessness bureaucrats intend to harm the people they’re paid to help:
"We really don't want people sleeping on the streets, on grates, on church steps. We want people sleeping in beds," said Homeless Commissioner Robert Hess.
And the city does have shelters of its own:
The Department of Homeless Services said the city offers other shelters with the capacity to accept all those who have been sleeping in the churches.
Homeless people tend to avoid these public shelters because they’re dangerous crime dens. So you could say the New York Department of Homeless Services is being fiscally responsible: outlawing the competition is surely cheaper than competing with it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...





5:51 PM  
Blogger Caveman Lawyer said...

Some ideas are just so stupid they can only be the product of a college education.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

This has nothing to do with a college education, CL. This is just your standard government power grab.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Caveman Lawyer said...

Keep in mind, its a government composed of over educated leftist. Remember, it's the liberals who value all that fancy edjumakatin in their governmental types, unlike us non liberal types whose don't trust thems fancy pants college boys. At leastwise that's why fer they tells us we liked Sarah Palin insteads of Barass Osama.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I suspect you're projecting your own issues onto this one.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Caveman Lawyer said...

Naw, some of my good friends are over educated. One has a PhD in Poli Sci and he sells cheese at an upscale grocery store. I guess with the BA it's "Do you want fries with that?" and with the PhD it's "Do you want cheese with that?"

6:16 AM  

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