BY RICK MORAN
“At this point of unprecedented wealth in the county of Los Angeles, we are equally confronted with unprecedented poverty manifesting itself in the form of homelessness,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told The Times.
The city has spent billions to try and address the homeless problem proving once again (if proof were needed for anyone but a liberal) that throwing taxpayer money at a problem doesn't solve anything. Also note Garcetti's response to the crisis is to shovel more money into services that benefit residents, but only after they become homeless.
But among others in L.A. County, the point-in-time count crushed the optimism from last year’s tally, when a modest decrease in homelessness was recorded. The uptick left officials struggling to understand how the tide could have turned so badly in a year when millions of dollars had been spent rolling out new initiatives to move people into shelters and permanent housing.
Incredibly, there are thousands of Californians who are homeless despite being gainfully employed.
A 2017 survey of the homeless population in San Francisco found 13 percent of respondents reporting part or full-time employment. That’s in a city with an estimated 7,499 people experiencing homelessness.
If the radical lefties attended a community college course in Capitalism 101, they would be shocked to learn that the reason there are so many homeless people is because of government policies that stifle economic growth and prevent developers from building enough housing units at a reasonable cost.
The burgeoning population of homeless in California, now estimated at some 150,000 people, is a problem that could be solved in months if the appropriate political and judicial decisions were swiftly enacted and decisively applied. Instead, there is no indication it will ever be solved. The state has become a magnet for the welfare cases of America as well as the expatriates of the world, at the same time as the state has imposed crippling restrictions on the ability of the private sector to build new housing.