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Should begging for money be illegal?
Begging discourages the government from implementing more efficient social welfare programs.
turn a blind eye
to beggars on the street. That, in turn, gives the government an excuse to turn a blind eye to their needs.
Begging reduces the number of people living solely off social welfare, as beggars have a secondary source of income.
If people often give in response to begging on the street, compassion fatigue may erode their political will for other charitable efforts.
Social welfare programs help to reduce the amount of beggars. So it encourages the government to implement them.
Begging can give an indication of the amount of people living in extreme poverty, making a community more willing to invest in reducing poverty.
Governments are embarrassed by begging, and sometimes this spurs them to fund outreach programs. It's counterintuitive to think they would cut back on programs in response to begging.