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  •  Well, it's cheaper than providing real shelter (8+ / 0-)

    and sets a whole new boundary for what constitutes acceptable shelter and government protection for a human's rights.

    I don't even have good snark for this.

    •  The shelter is jail (7+ / 0-)

      The message is clear fall on hard times, go to jail.

      There isn't enough permits for the Gay Lost Boys that will be dumped there in that time period. Nerveless adults.

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:42:28 AM PST

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      •  ...And in jail, prisoner labor is (nearly) free... (6+ / 0-)

        for the taking.

        If this is an ALEC job, as War on Error speculated above, this homeless registration program is the perfect mechanism for vulture industrialists. If I recall correctly, Wackenhut/Geo Group and other for profit security/prison companies could rush in and profit from arresting the homeless, and then contractually bind them to work for private employers who want to pay beneath minimum wage but can't outsource. I'm sure there are a few companies on that list that could directly benefit.

        We're slowly but surely returning to Jim Crow, as you suggested. Again, IIRC, the whole point of Jim Crow is to force black people into indentured work by making their life so restrictive that they are bound to get arrested. The mechanism that made the apparatus work was Vagrancy Laws - basically a law that was enforced in such a way that being black in public was a crime. The difference now is something Scalia would be proud of: The effect of homeless registration is bound to be racist, but the intent is not. It's merely classist.

        Thanks for the diary, Horace Boothroyd III. If I go one day without throwing up wrt the 1%, I'm not human, and I'm living life in bad faith.

    •  I don't think it is cheaper, (1+ / 0-)
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      if so I'd like a link to the numbers please.

      "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

      by blueoregon on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:54:56 AM PST

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