Utah to provide free apartments to the homeless

Posted by  $  Maphesdus 9 months ago to Culture
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I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, we could consider this to just be a type of homeless shelter where each homeless person has their own room, which, if it doesn't add to state expenses too much, could be a good thing. But on the other hand, if the theory that government welfare increases poverty rather than eliminating it is true, this would naturally have a negative pull on the overall economy in the long run.

If there was no minimum wage and the U.S. dollar was still on the gold standard, then large companies wouldn't be forced to outsource low skill manufacturing jobs to countries like China, and we could keep those jobs here, thus providing unskilled and uneducated workers with a means of providing for themselves, eliminating the need for the state to provide for them.
SOURCE URL: http://www.nationswell.com/one-state-track-become-first-end-homelessness-2015/


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  • Posted by Hiraghm 9 months ago
    Slums and crackhouses in the making...

    A lot of homeless people are homeless because they want to be.

    This isn't a condemnation of them; many who choose to live on the streets have mental and/or emotional issues driving them there.
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 9 months ago
    It will be interesting to see if they can make it work.

    I disagree with the thing about foreign trade being driven by the wave floor and the currency. We are at close to full employment. There's not a huge group of people would would be working if it weren't for the minimum wage. Currency is just a medium of exchange. People around the world use the dollar b/c it's predictably devalues at around 3% a year, so you don't get surprises and you don't have to race to the bank every day.
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    • Posted by  $  Rocky_Road 9 months ago
      "We are at close to full employment."

      Welcome back from the alternate universe.

      So much for promises....
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