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  •  I don't know enough about this guy's situation (0+ / 0-)

    to judge, but I'm guessing that there are people mentally ill enough that, given our still awful health care system, doing what this guy does might be the only way for some to stay alive, or at least off the streets and well-fed. Such people probably can't hold down jobs, get turned away by potential employers where they apply for work because they seem like they'd be problem employees (and they would), don't have enough resources to afford housing, don't have family or friends who could put them up or be willing to put up with their issues, and don't qualify for enough aid to get housing and help. So they're left with either homelessness, outright crime, or scamming the system.

    Last night I saw the film The Master, and the lead character (not the master) struck me as precisely this sort of type. Part of me pitied him and part of me disliked him. It's easy to expect such a person to "shape up", but for some, it's not at all easy to do so, without professional help, which many either don't seek or can't afford, and when they do get it, it often fails. Every society is bound to have its permanently helpless and hopeless. We can't just throw them out on the street, where they suffer and become a problem for society.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Tue May 27, 2014 at 05:21:18 AM PDT

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