Living in America, with all the taxes we pay, federal income, gasoline, state income, county taxes for a public hospital, property taxes, sales taxes, local income taxes, et. al. (we work four months of the year just to pay taxes), there is abundant welfare to assist the basic needs of the beggars on the street. They can collect disability, food stamps---secure food from the food banks and other private support, Medicaid, sleep in enclosed homeless shelters, and who knows what else. I seldom succumb to the beggars who are only emboldened when we respond affirmatively to them. Their needs are well taken care of through numerous government programs, supported by the excessive taxation upon me and the working American populous, and by church and non-profit organization which serve them. I also contribute to Orthodox Church charitable concerns such as IOCC and FOCUS, and two local Orthodox entities that provide support to the less fortunate, though not substantially. If it weren't for the exorbitant taxes we pay, I would be more supportive of responding positively to beggars and would be more supportive of charitable concerns.