Thursday, July 20, 2006

Governmet Protects Their Monopoly On "Helping" People

Stop helping your fellow citizens, Las Vegas. That's the message coming from City Hall, as the Las Vegas City Council has passed an ordinance that bans giving food to homeless people. Even charging a nominal fee is illegal. So if you're going to give homeless people a sandwich, make you charge them a lot for it.

While this bylaw may shock you, don't worry: "This is to help people", according to Mayor Oscar Goodman. "The people who provide sandwiches have good intentions, but they're enabling people not to get the help that is needed." In other words, government help. That's their territory, you lousy do-gooders!

As for identifying the homeless (because you can of course still give food to your friends who are proper members of society - this bill is specifically focused on the "indigent"), the mayor assures us: "Certain truths are self-evident. You know who's homeless." [Unbelievable. I can't believe he used the phrase "truths are self-evident" to describe this blatantly unconstitional and unconscionable law. ]

The ACLU is fighting the ordinance.



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