When my mother died on Christmas Eve of 1974, I found out the hard way that there was no Santa Claus. But at least I had a place to live. Even through some real tough moments of my life, I've never had to worry about sleeping out in the cold.
Do you know that tonight with nearly 3 feet of snow on the ground and an expected low of 4 degrees, on the day after Christmas, an estimated 13,000 plus Minnesotans will not have a home to go to. Many of these people are children.
Oh sure, there are shelters in the Metro area, and churches are attempting to help out where they can. But this is still no type of life for a child.
Minnesota taxpayers are asked to do a lot when it comes to contributing to the social safety net in this state. I hate to say it, but more needs to be done. No child should have to worry about what church basement might be available on any given night. These children are our future, they deserve better.
Speaking like the true socialist I've seemed to become, I believe that affordable housing is every bit as much of a right as food and healthcare.
So next time you have the urge to gripe about how high taxes are in this state, just remember this image...