I tend to agree more with the article from John Derbyshire called “Throw the the bums out: But Do So With Compassion-Coolidge-Style Compassion. Right off the the bat he tells a personal story about going to a library in San Fransico. It hit home with me because I, like probably most people have encountered similar situations. It is extremely uncomfortable especially when I get asked for money for the simple fact that I don’t EVER carry any cash on my person. If I had some cash on me, then I would probably not have a problem with giving.
I can recall on one occasion in Austin, TX. I was at a stop light when a homeless person came to my window. He asked me for some change to spare. I didn’t have any on me or in my car, but I did have my lunch that I packed for myself. I pulled out an apple and a bag of chips and tried handing it to the man. He angrily refused the food and yelled, “I asked for money not food.” “I don’t want your damn Apple!” Now, I understand that not all homeless are this way. I like how John Derbyshire puts it at the end of his article. “As you cross Civic Center Plaza they leer at you, yell at you, sometimes harass you. If you are a woman, they make lewd remarks at you. All this we are supposed to put up with in the name of “compassion” and “rights.” And put up with it we do! Why?”