Buddy can you spare a dime

A long thread in f**kedcompany deals with the Resurgence of begging in the US. As usual with this site, you have to wade through a lot of foulmouthed drivel, but most posters agree that beggars have returned to US streets in large numbers. In a country with no real welfare system, this is a sensitive economic indicator. When I lived in the US, during the 1990 recession, there were beggars almost on every corner in DC, but on subsequent visits, the numbers declined steadily, and by the late 90s, only a few, clearly mentally ill, remained.