Media Matters, 80s Style
From The Clothes Have No Emperor
, pg 84:
Defending himself against charges of callousness on Good Morning America, President Reagan argues that you can't help those who will simply not be helped. "One problem that we've had, even in the best of times," says the President, "is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless who are homeless, you might say, by choice." Does David Hartman ask him to explain the idea of someone choosing homelessness? Of course not.