Texas is a can-do place and so you might think Texans wouldn’t run over each other for government gimmeees. You’d be wrong. The underclass in Texas is hooked on Uncle Sugah. In that way, Dallas is much like New Orleans or any other city that packs their needy and their never-do-wells into section 8 housing with little distinction between the residents. There are large section 8 apartment communities in Dallas and many aren’t the place to be after dark . . . unless you like to live dangerously. Or you need a fix.
There’s a four to five year wait in Dallas to get into section 8 housing. You read that right. The morning of July 14th Dallas scheduled to take applications for section 8 housing. People were required to apply in person. It wasn’t pretty:
Did you catch the young lady who said she definitely needed rent assistance so she wouldn’t have to work so hard while going to school. There’s a great employee in the making for some company. She will probably be graduated by the time her application is reviewed. Or maybe she’s a professional student. Lots of those these days.
Back in the latter days of Victorian England when they passed the Poor Laws, and the Fabian Socialists like Beatrice Webb were drawing up their Utopian dreams, I somehow doubt they thought it might come to a footrace for a cheap place to live. Toynbee Hall was a failure back then and now, too. It just doesn’t allow for the real nature of a human being. But they keep trying, don’t they?
Personally, I’m suffering from a big case of compassion fatigue. Maybe my moral imagination has reached its limits. Reality bites:
Some paradox of our natures leads us, when once we have made our fellow men the objects of our enlightened interest, to go on to make them the objects of our pity, then our wisdom, ultimately of our coercion. –Lionel Trilling
Coercion. What was that Obama said about social security checks?
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