You don’t go to a practicing drug addict to seek advice on how to stay clean or ask a corrupt mechanic on what kind of work your car needs, but Austin Mayor Steve Adler is going to do just that, or at least something similar.
Austin’s homeless problem has taken a turn for the worst, especially after the Texas capitol passed ordinance that allowed homeless people to set up camp on city streets so long as they’re not blocking walkways. The problem proceeded to spiral out of control, even managing to anger Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has expressed his intention to bring the power of Texas against Adler’s office in order to kill the ordinance.
In the meantime, Adler is giving interviews that attempt to put his new homeless laws in a positive light. To say these interviews are unconvincing is an understatement, especially with all the problems he has to admit it’s bringing with it.
According to Fox 7, the mayor is looking to get some insight on the problem and planning a trip to California in order to seek advice from city leaders in that state on how to handle the homeless problem currently plaguing his city.
If I went to a prostitute to seek guidance on abstinence, I’m not sure you’d be able to label it as “wise.”
It should be noted that Los Angeles is one of the examples of how to handle a homeless problem in the country. As the LA Times reported in February of last year, the homeless problem in that city has shot up 75 percent in the last six years, and even acknowledges that the problem became worse when Democrats took over leadership with a super-majority.
“The problem has only gotten worse since Mayor Eric Garcetti took office in 2013 and a liberal Democratic supermajority emerged in 2016 on the county Board of Supervisors,” reported the LA Times.
The Times noted just how bad the numbers are:
Tent cities stretch from the Antelope Valley desert to the Santa Monica coast, with stopovers in unlikely communities — even Bel-Air, where a homeless cooking fire was implicated in December’s Skirball fire.
During an October hygiene survey, county public health officials identified 222 encampments, including 50 with 30 or more people living in them. These ragtag outposts have altered the basic terms of urban life.
People in Koreatown step outside their fancy condos to find tents, rotting food and human feces at their doorsteps. Buses and trains have become de facto shelters, and thousands of people sleep in fear and degradation.
Officials and philanthropic groups have been housing more homeless people than ever before — 26,000 between 2014 and 2017. But L.A. has a severe housing shortage, and city and county homeless programs have been slow to start and too limited to absorb the waves of people forced into the streets.
The problem is so horrible in cities controlled by Democrats that it got President Donald Trump’s attention at the beginning of July. During an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, the problem came up.
“It’s a phenomenon that started two years ago,” Trump noted. “It’s disgraceful. I’m going to maybe – I am looking at it very seriously.”
Disease, drugs, and trash continue to mount, yet Democrat leaders continue to try to downplay the problem, and even blame it on something other than their policies that encourage homelessness much like the kind being passed in Austin and San Francisco.
Yet, this is where Mayor Adler wants to go to get advice on how to deal with the problem currently spiraling out of control in the heart of one of the most successful states in the nation. This is backward thinking, and hopefully Abbott will step in to stop Democrats from allowing this to rage out of control soon.