Our government, having no other function but to create and enforce laws, is constantly making more laws – even when additional laws are not necessary. Politicians like to show off, like to prove that they are doing their jobs, by creating more and more laws. It has gotten to the point that when a person commits a single criminal act, that person can be found guilty of violating several laws. It is overkill to be sure. But I digress.
Besides laws concerning crimes, government also creates regulatory laws. And one of it’s favorite subjects to regulate is the help it provides to the poor and disabled. Always fearful that someone might get away with abusing the system, this system has been overly burdened with regulations – to the point that often the regulations prevent any help from getting to those it was intended for.
Say, for example, you become poor because you lost your job. Well, what happens after losing your job? You can’t pay your rent. And what happens when you can’t pay your rent? You are evicted from your home/apartment. Now, guess what one of the requirements is for getting a low rent apartment? That’s right, you are not allowed to have even a single eviction on your record. In addition, you aren’t allowed to have a criminal record either. A person commits a felony. When he gets out of prison, he has a difficult time finding a well paying job. He lives in poverty. He can only afford one of these low rent SROs. But, because of his previous conviction, his application for the apartment is denied.
As for myself, I have 2 evictions, and one conviction of a misdemeanor offense. Additionally, the amount I receive from SSI doesn’t allow me to live in but the cheapest of apartments – that’s if I’m ever able to find one that will accept me.