If Only The Poor Would Just Go Away

The good, white Christian folk of Williamson County are miffed that the wages of our unequal society’s sin are out there for all to see. If only the homeless and poor would just go away, am I right? It’s just so icky that the poor have the nerve to try to earn a living and improve their economic circumstances, where everyone has to see them! Can’t they do that somewhere else, somewhere … not so visible?

Because when you live in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States (and also one of the most conservative) it’s just too unpleasant to be reminded that the free market fantasy in which you indulge yourself doesn’t work for everyone.

I know I love to pick on Williamson County but in all fairness they aren’t the only ones who have a problem with The Contributor. We’re always hearing about businesses complaining about The Contributor vendors, and it’s true they are everywhere. There are several in my neighborhood hitting up students on their way to Lipscomb and Belmont, and commuters on their way to work. Personally I don’t see what the problem is. Aren’t we always telling these folks to get a job? No, not that job! Get a job where we don’t have to see you! Am I right?

Cut the crap, America. This hypocrisy is getting old.

The Contributor is a damn fine newspaper. It’s actually won some national awards. You can read about the paper here.

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4 responses to “If Only The Poor Would Just Go Away

  1. Jim

    >Sounds like it is a city of Franklin law and not a county wide issue. It is not like they passed a law specifically to outlaw the selling of this one paper. The law (noted as long standing) says no one can sell stuff from the Public Right of Way. Assuming they apply the law eqaully to all people, then I don't see what the problem is. Shouldn't they be able to decide as a city if they want street vendors on their roads or not?

  2. >"Just walk away"-Lord Humongous, from Mad Max~

  3. >"The law (noted as long standing) says no one can sell stuff from the Public Right of Way. Assuming they apply the law eqaully to all people, then I don't see what the problem is. Shouldn't they be able to decide as a city if they want street vendors on their roads or not?"Cue the concern troll. Yeah, I'm sure that they do exactly the same thing when the "Sons of the Assholes Who Started The War of Southern Treachery" are out selling their 'Commemorative" linens I got carried away with this comment and it turned into a blog post for my house. I'll provide the link so both of my readers (me and my imainary friend) can find this blog, too, also!

  4. >The irony is that in Nashville the whole Contributor program started because downtown businesses were complaining about panhandling (I wrote about it here and here.) So now instead of panhandling they're actually selling something, and I'm not going to say panhandling is preferable because I think this is a lot better on a whole lot of levels … but maybe the Franklin businesses would prefer it if people were panhandling instead?Oh wait, what do you want to bet they have an ordinance against THAT, too? See, just like the headline says: if only the poor would just go away! Problem solved!