Monday, December 12, 2011

Charity begins someplace else

Apparently, beggars have had it too easy in Johnston County, but the Johnston County commissioners have an app for that.
Panhandlers could soon have to undergo a criminal background check and pay $20 a month if they want to continually ask people for money in Johnston County.

County commissioners voted 6-1 last week to set limits on people who beg for money in Johnston. Wade Stewart cast the lone vote against a new ordinance. A second vote is set to take place next month.

Under the proposed rules, panhandlers would be required to get a permit every 30 days through the sheriff's office. The first month's permit would be free, but panhandlers would pay $20 for each subsequent permit.
Lest you think the dissenting vote represented some soft-hearted squishiness on the part of the commissioners, that vote came because a commissioner feared the licenses would create an entitlement to beg.

Conservatives have long maintained that charity is undermined by government assistance. However, as the Johnson County commissioners show, charity is actually undermined by the lack of charity.


Anonymous said...

Government rarely provides solutions. They more often create new problems as mandatory substitutes for the old. A waste of the taxes we pay.

W.E. Heasley said...

“Conservatives have long maintained that charity is undermined by government assistance“.

Removing your particular politics from the above statement, one would find that the proposition you elude to is incorrectly stated. Charity is not undermined by government assistance.

The economic proposition lies in public choice theory. That the politico through the mechanism of government uses taxpayer dollars to build a dependent constituency class.

Therefore, the correct proposition is: charity is purposely substituted by government assistance as a political constituency building exercise.