I think I have a solution

My Thoughts

Dr. Bill AtwoodMarch 20, 2013 

I think I may have come up with a solution for the current homeless problem and it contains a resolution to the amount of liberal guilt that is evident in some in this area. I will use a fictitious person as my example.

Egbert has a lovely hilltop home near Oakhurst and has a nice nest egg along with his retirement pension. To assuage his liberal guilt and to help the homeless in the community, Egbert does the following: He sells his home and all of his possessions. Everything must go and cash is accumulated. He gladly pays all the Capital Gains taxes and applicable income taxes so that he has satisfied President Obama's demand that everyone pay their fair share.

Egbert is left with a total of $500,000 net worth. He turns his pension over to an agency which will gift those proceeds every month to a food bank.

Next, Egbert heads over to the local homeless encampment that exists near town. He counts noses and discovers exactly 199 people. So adding himself into the mix the only fair thing to do is to divide the nest egg amongst the 200. This means each person gets $2,500 to use as they see fit.

Egbert decides he needs housing and he gets a couple of others to join with him and they rent a small apartment, buy pots, pans, linens and dishes to set up housing needs and begin to look for jobs. They get hired full-time at $10 an hour and between them are bringing in $60,000 into their household. 197 to go. Others will do the same as Egbert and the problems for them are solved. Many others will see the opportunity to buy items that they can drink, smoke or inject into their systems. Some will go to a casino to try to increase their amount and they will probably lose the windfall.

In two months Egbert goes back to the homeless encampment to find most of them still there and still broke. They ask him for a handout and when he tells them he already gave, they tell him he needs to do more. After all, he's rich and can afford to do more. It's only fair because they have nothing and he lives in a nice apartment with nice things and plenty of food.

Egbert looks at them and reminds them that he gave them $2,500 just eight weeks earlier and he asks what happened to that cash. They tell him that it is none of his business how they spent "their money" but he should do more.

Egbert can't understand it. He gave them a chance but they squandered that chance. Now he is expected to do more. After all $2,500 wasn't very much and nobody could be expected to live on that paltry sum.

Month after month Egbert realizes that his hard earned pension is still giving food to those same people he tried to help and they just keep on taking the food but are not doing anything for themselves to get out of the cycle of poverty. They tell Egbert that they are living their chosen lifestyle and they are happy with their choices.

Poor Egbert. He realizes that you can't help everyone because they must help themselves. I have helped some along the way and I was helped along the way. But some choose to make choices that limit opportunities. Egbert realizes that he couldn't level the playing field and that some just enjoy the taking.

So everyone is happy. Egbert doesn't feel guilt-ridden because he surrendered his life savings to help those who had contributed nothing into the mix. Egbert doesn't have to feel angst when he sits in a warm house while others do not. He gave it all up on his own. He feels great because to a few he made a difference.

Egbert sees that others haven't divested themselves of all their assets and are still enjoying the fruits of their labors. They talk a great game but those horrible one-percenters are still being greedy and uncaring. Worse are the liberal one-percenters from Hollywood who tell of their compassion and their concerns and then leave the press conference in their limos and private jets.

But there is a happy ending to this scenario because Egbert is free from liberal guilt for having "earned too much" and he is no longer using up the world's resources living a great lifestyle. Al Gore hears of Egbert's actions and tells folks how impressive Egbert is but Al isn't giving up his $100 million gain from the sale of his interest in a TV station.

Egbert can feel happy because his actions were actions with a charitable heart and were given freely. Egbert has few regrets.

Imagine how Egbert would have felt if he had been forced to give it away by a governmental decree.

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