In Kansas, a homeless shelter was recently closed to ensure continued tax breaks for the wealthy ("Budget Cuts Force Homeless Shelter To Close As Tax Breaks Go To Wealthy Kansans").
But the resident's concern about having to pay for the burial of a homeless person may be unfounded. In some parts of the country, efforts are made to make sure that such burials are as costless as possible. For example, in Washington, D.C., where two homeless people froze to death a few miles from the White House last year, the homeless are routinely burned and then placed in unmarked graves. (See "What Happens To The Homeless When They Die")
We have since strayed from the New Deal path, and have instead embraced economic philosophies (such as trickle-down economics, tax-breaks-for-the-wealthy, publicly-insured bank fraud, Ayn Rand) that cultivate feelings of outrage and violence towards people who are facing hard times, even when those hard times are through no fault of their own (e.g., layoffs, discrimination against the unemployed, health problems, economic recessions, corporate crime). Is that really the kind of culture we want? A culture that scolds the homeless, but provides insurance for financial fraud, bank gambling, and white collar crime? (Because, let's face it, that's the culture we're allowing to develop right now.)
Welcome to the Reverse New Deal: Freezing & burning the homeless, but telling financial fraudsters, "Sure, we'll insure your gambling & fraud with our tax dollars, no problem."