Whether it is Panic, Phish, the Dead or the real world, there will always be people hanging on and scamming their way to the next show, meal, or bottle of MD 20-20. On tour, private people take pity on these wayward souls and help them on to the next show. The same is true in your average city with your soup kitchen or shelter. Believe it or not, this is the free market system, capitalism, or whatever you want to call it. It actually works, if left to fix itself.
In my day I called them dirt heads and apparently I am not sympathetic to their plight. Maybe I should be, but if I went to a show I either had a tix or the means to get one. Most of these heads expected a handout or a "miracle" as they liked to call it. Please.... Isn't that just like calling a bailout a rescue? Anyway for those who don't know, a miracle is a "free" tix to the show. Every show there would be hundreds of these fine tree-hugger panhandlers. Show after show after show.
Now, I look at the world and I see these people everywhere. Thank god I don't make enough money to worry about how they get by. These are the people that our Rock Star Obama is praying for. Asking them to register and vote for "change". Too bad the republicans are just as bad. Their life-blood is the wonderful Christian-right.
When if ever, is this country going to wake up and see what the founders really wanted? I think never.... But we can always hope.