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Memphis Homeless Couple given Taxpayer Funded House, Strip it to Buy Crack



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(Memphis) Police say a Memphis homeless couple given a free home this year has since stripped it for parts.

Police say the couple took everything inside this house to buy crack cocaine.

Patricia Douglas and Willie Banner got the home in February as part of a federal program to house 100,000 homeless people around the country.


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I'm not really sure this is a good idea or much less a responsibility of gov't. Does it incentivize people to better themselves? Since when does the gov't buy homes for homeless people, especially crackheads and drunks?

If the gov't is going to do so something like this, I'd much rather they give it to a working poor person.



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Turkey_Creek_Tiger
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statists will use this story to advocate keeping all drugs illegal and ignore the government handout aspect of the story.





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People are homeless because they want to be or have servere problems (either mental or substance abuse).

Our country has plenty of charities and resources for those that are actually homeless through misfortune and need to better themselves.







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You need to join me, Rex, Awant, Vegas, and AsuRob on the bus moving forward.

Get on, or get out the damn way!!!






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re: Memphis Homeless Couple given Taxpayer Funded House, Strip it to Buy Crack


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statists will use this story to advocate keeping all drugs illegal and ignore the government handout aspect of the story.


let us not forget that the government was involved at every step of their lives.

at a government funded and regulated hospital, government run schools, government given house with government approved food and government regulated jobs.

government was involved at every step of their lives and the answer is more government?

absurd.






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statists will use this story to advocate keeping all drugs illegal and ignore the government handout aspect of the story.


Especially social conservatives too.

Another victim of the war on drugs.

But really, substitute anything else they're trying to buy and it's just as valid. I have a deep fundamental problem with programs like this. Giving lowlifes free stuff sure works out well.






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Another victim of the war on drugs.


But for the war on drugs, these folks wouldn't be crackheads?






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But for the war on drugs, these folks wouldn't be crackheads?


They would still be crackheads legal or illegal.

I'm saying this incident is just going to be used as propaganda to keep the WOD going.






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Some people are beyond help. I'm a fiscal conservative, but I am fine with work programs. No handouts. You work, you eat. We shouldn't have a piece of trash on the side of the road and our State and National Parks should be pristine. If they choose to do nothing, then they get nothing.





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Nah, it's damn silly to think the war on drugs has anything to do with this story, either way. It's not really the issue here at all.





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That's whats wrong with government programs that hand out free shite. Do they really believe that people will take care of shite they get for free? Hell I have had friends give me tools in the past and when they break I just say "oh well it was free" and don't think two shits about it. Helping some people does not make them want help themselves....





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Nah, it's damn silly to think the war on drugs has anything to do with this story, either way. It's not really the issue here at all.


I agree with this post.

Like I said, Substitute anything else the couple wanted to buy in place of cocaine and it's still irrelevant.

Drugs here in this story is irrelevant to all but people who support the WOD. It's basically a product they wanted to buy with the parts, it just happens to be illegal.






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Patricia Douglas and Willie Banner got the home in February as part of a federal program to house 100,000 homeless people around the country.

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statists will use this story to advocate keeping all drugs illegal and ignore the government handout aspect of the story.
I don't know if you have to be a "statist" to see that you need more than one anecdotal story of a couple to denounce a federal program serving 100K people.






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Government handout programs worked better decades ago. People just trash what they don't have much of an investment in these days. Take a look at most public housing.


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Does it incentivize people to better themselves?


This couple of crack heads weren't going to better themselves if they got a free home or they didn't get a free home.

The real frick ups are the government for establishing such a stupid program, not the crack heads who are going to be crack heads. Anyone that expected them to maintain a home is an idiot. They might have the competence to maintain a box under an overpass.






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Does it incentivize people to better themselves?


Do you understand that untreated drug addicts don't respond to the same incentives as the rest of us? Giving people houses doesn't cause them to become drug addicts.

That being said, homeless drug addicts should definitely NOT be given a house to do with as they please. What they need is a half-way house type situation where the willing can receive treatment and where regular drug tests keep the unwilling out.



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Memphis politicians never learn. After Katrina, some couple. who supposedly lost their house in Louisiana, moved to Memphis. Memphis bought them a new home. The couple sold the home a few weeks later and returned to Louisiana.
Another destitute couple came to Tennessee to escape the storm. Some old lady felt sorry for them and allowed them to live with her. The couple killed her and stole what the could, then left.






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I am familiar with the 100K program and, as far as I know, it isn't a federal program. A relative of mine has done quite a bit of work with them. They do partner with local communities and may compete for federal grant money...don't know. Now, they do work with the folks that they find housing for to help them file for government benefits they may be qualified for, whether it be housing subsidies, disability, etc.

I can tell you after spending some time talking with her about the cases she's been involved in, I don't paint with such broad strokes when discussing the homeless...

Here is their site if interested...

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I'm not really sure this is a good idea


understatement


Thing is, the government doesn't create in order to "give", but rather steals to "give". Its always easy to be generous with other peoples money, kinda reminds me of the stripper who wants to be generous to her stripper friend and buy her a drink, only she's asking me to buy her friend the drink. And she prolly even feels generous, if I'm that big of a sucker.






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Nah, it's damn silly to think the war on drugs has anything to do with this story, either way. It's not really the issue here at all.


I agree, but I wonder what would happen if these people were forced into some sort of work training/rehab facility instead of prison. Would it really cost that much more and would it make a difference?






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