"Originally, there had been a strong disposition to view the transient as a man requiring 'casework techniques' and 'therapeutic treatment.' But some transients who stubbornly resisted the casework approach to rehabilitation emerged, under the more normal conditions of a work project, from sullen discouragement and inertia into highly effective workmen. There could be little doubt that what most of them needed was not casework but a job." (Harry Hopkins, Spending to Save, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1936, pp. 133-134)
It seems that some Americans who lived during the Great Depression--no doubt those who were spared the loss of a job--considered transient workers to be somewhat crazy. This is interesting because we see the exact same mentality today from those on the political right. They consider all homeless and unemployed Americans as suspect, for example, calling them "wild animals" and "lazy pigs," and demanding that they be drug-tested before receiving any government assistance. They have a naive belief that there are good-paying jobs for every American, as long as one works hard enough. Market failure? Job outsourcing? Recessions caused by multi-billion dollar bank frauds? These things mean nothing to the political right; to them, it's always the individual's fault.
So, who do you believe? Harry Hopkins? Or those who ignore corporate greed, corruption, and crime, and then gleefully point their accusatory fingers at the person who just received a pink slip?