Too Much Fish Giving
Maybe it’s my surfeit of familiarity with this sort of story, or maybe it’s living through the worst recession of my lifetime, but this sort of comment, from a story about a woman protesting on behalf of the homeless by staying in a tent on the State House lawn, is increasingly jarring (emphasis added):
But housing advocates say the plan [to add beds to homeless shelters] doesn’t go far enough. According to the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, the state’s shelters were beyond capacity in late October, while nearly 80 people slept outside. The homeless population will grow as the economy worsens, said coalition director Jim Ryczek, who has asked to meet with Governor Carcieri to discuss the issue.
Why isn’t Mr. Ryczek advocating for an overhaul of economic policy — removing burdensome regulations and mandates, reworking tax policy to create pro-growth incentives, and so on? Clearly, the single most effective method of helping the homeless would be to increase the number of jobs available to them. Shouldn’t that be the subject of advocates’ conversations with political leaders?