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Aiding and abetting the homeless problem.

November 20, 2019

Lately there has been a lot of blowback over cities like Las Vegas “heartlessly” removing the homeless from main streets and thoroughfares.

This reminds me of a small town that made it illegal to give money to the homeless who were “begging” at shopping malls and on street corners.

Needless to say that invoked a furor from social justice types.

So why the rule?

Because an undercover operation showed that almost without fail, the homeless immediately went and bought drugs with the money.

The mayor of the town made it very clear that people could still offer food to the homeless, but would be charged as accessories to drug trafficking if they gave them even so much as a dollar.

Instead residents were asked to report the  “homeless” to the city, who then went out and attempted to place them in appropriate housing, although most wouldn’t stay.

After awhile, the little town (population about 19,000) became known as a place to avoid, and the homeless problem virtually cured itself.

When I was growing up you seldom saw a lot of “homeless”  They were processed as vagrants and either jailed or placed in mental health care.

Then came the push to empty the mental health facilities due to discovery of abuses in some of those facilities.

This display of misplaced compassion certainly did nothing to assist the genuinely mentally ill and it exacerbated what we now call the homeless problem.

Admittedly, a small town has a better chance to handle the problem at the local level than a San Francisco, Los Angeles or Las Vegas.

Still, the idea that it is somehow compassionate to allow people to live like stray dogs, defecate on city streets and further the use of drugs is one that only a looney liberal (or a drug pusher) could advocate.

Could a little common sense and a lot of public pressure fix the homeless problem? It might be fun to give it a try.

From → op-ed

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