Now that the holiday season is officially underway, let’s see how many Scrooges we can find and what political party they belong to.
First, there’s Looneytarian John Stossel who believes that homeless people have a grand get-rich-quick scam going.
Stossel did the kind of heavy duty investigative reporting that would do Walter Cronkite proud. Or maybe no. Stossel put on a fake beard and took his cardboard begging sign to the street for one full hour. A whole damn hour, mind you. He reports that he could quit his job and get wealthy this way. If he did as well all day as he did in that hour, he would have pocketed $90. Tax Free! Tax free, mind you!
Oh, the horrors. Stossel did some math and came up with a total of $23,000 a year. Tax freekin’ free! Just like the big oil companies.
Then he warned both his Fox News viewers that they are being “enablers” by feeding the homeless. Which is exactly what Sweet Jesus said. No, wait. I might be wrong about that.
My friend Evelyn says that being a Republican is just a political philosophy to justify greed.
Stossel says his research shows that most begged aren’t “real.”
Hasselbeck noted that “scammers” were rife among beggars, implying that panhandling is some get-rich-quick scheme engaged in by hucksters. Stossel agreed, saying that most beggars were not “for real.” Their only evidence for this claim? The fact that Stossel spent an hour undercover as a homeless person and was able to fool people into believing he was needy. An actual study of beggars, on the other hand, found that 82 percent were homeless, two in three were disabled, most earned less than $25 per day, and nearly all used the money for food.
If Stossel want hungry people to die of starvation right under his nose, that’s his problem. When he gives a political and psychological justification for it, then the American Psychiatric Association needs to get involved.
Scrooge #1 – John Damn Stossel.
Thanks to Carl for the heads up.