Is it a right that all Americans should have some form of housing?
If the Democrats give us all free health care, why stop there ?
Shouldn't all housing be provided by the government too, so no one gets a better house or a nicer location than they deserve?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The public housing projects of the 1970's and 80's were the most graphic example of the failure of socialism in the USA.
Maybe Obama thinks the projects were the "Good Times," and he liked to see JJ running around saying "DY-NO-MITE!!!" for no apparent reason.
- Joe from WILv 61 decade ago
Yes, right to housing should be compulsory. There is a new demographic of people who intentionally go to prison because they don't have a roof over their head. I think finding housing for people is not very difficult. Building a small structure with heating, running water, and beds can be done for about $500. If you give the occupant a Federal labor job, he or she can pay it off in a few years. The structure may not be very big, but it is functional.
I also believe space heaters should be distributed to people who can't afford to run a furnace. To force children to sleep in 30 degrees F is inhumane. Space heaters are easy to manufacture and the prison population could produce a lot of them.
- Conor FLv 61 decade ago
the 9th ammendment does state that Americans have other rights and freedoms not specifically mentioned in the Bill of Rights (the right to privacy, for one). One could argue that the right to housing, or healthcare, does fall in this bracket.
However, a logical person (even a logical dem) would acknowledge that this can only pertain that everyone has a right to somewhere to live, rather than everyone owning a house.
according to Maslov's Hierarchical Needs, the need for shelter and security is one of the most basic needs humans have. Therefore, it would be safe to say that we have a right to see that base need fulfilled.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It is a right. The government should provide for us, be it health care, food, shelter, cars, phones, ect.
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- ?Lv 61 decade ago
I sure as hell dont' want to see people sleeping on the side of the street on my way to work in the morning. I'd pay a tax to not see that. It's not like homeless people are going to get free housing that's better than mine. For those of you who think the world is black and white, what do you do when there are more able bodied people than there are jobs? Also, those illegal aliens who sneak over and get jobs are able to do so because they can work for less than minimum wage under the table.
- Disco StuLv 51 decade ago
You have a right to the protections afforded to you in the constitution and those to which you are promised under terms of a legal contract, such as social security. Nothing else.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
In a lot of countries, people can find a little land, take some wood and corrugated steel and make themselves a hut.
But in America, NO CAN DO.
So if you're going to enforce things like building codes, then yeah maybe you ought to have to provide places for people to live.Source(s): For example: "Homeless Evicted From Beneath Indianapolis Bridge" http://www.theindychannel.com/news/22700831/detail... "California "tent city" for homeless to be closed" http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE52J0FK200903... "Sex offender shantytown under bridge is demolished" http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/miami-26610-sex-o... "Avondale condemns home: Solar, batteries insufficient" http://www.azcentral.com/community/swvalley/articl...
- By Your CommandLv 61 decade ago
It's not a right, it's something we have to work for.
Now, that being said, if someone needs assistance, due to a medical condition, or, like many people right now, a bad economy, helping people find a home would be a good thing. Not paying for it, but helping them. Hand ups, not hand outs.
- ?Lv 41 decade ago
Housing market belongs in the private sector, not the public sector, so ...
Stimulus money shouldn't be spent on free cell phones/calling plans for lowly libs either that CREATED ZERO JOBS
- TCLv 51 decade ago
No, America needs a substantial impoverished population whose basic needs aren't met in order to keep the middle class afraid and under the control of the wealthy elites.