Cold Hearts: Conservatives Attack Poor Homeless Henrietta Hughes
For those who have not heard of Henrietta Hughes, she is a homeless woman who stood up at a town hall meeting and told Barack Obama that she is unemployed and has been forced her to live in her car. She further pleaded with the president to do something to ensure that people like her had housing:
"I have an urgent need, unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in," she said. "The housing authority has two years' waiting lists, and we need something more than the vehicle and the parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help."
Now, Michelle Malkin has decided to publicly mock her with taunts like "If she had more time, she probably would have remembered to ask Obama to fill up her gas tank, too." She then went on to say:
Hughes didn't explain the cause of her financial turmoil. Obama didn't ask. And if we conservatives dare to question the circumstances -- and the underlying assumption that it is government's (that is, taxpayers') role to bail her out -- we'll be lambasted as cruel haters of the downtrodden.
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Well, pardon my unbending belief in fairness and personal responsibility, but why should my tax dollars go to feed the housing entitlement beast?
Indeed, why should housing be considered a right? After all, what does my housing say about my personal class status and how much better I am than other people, if there aren't those other people out there who don't have a place to live at all?