California’s homeless crisis is big news these days. The trash and drug paraphernalia lining the streets have now spilled over into the nation’s news cycle. Our Golden State is drowning in disease and neglect.
There are lots of proposed solutions from our politicians right now, all of them involve the slow production of overpriced housing units that still would not put a dent in a homeless population that is estimated to be near 150,000 across the state (and those are conservative figures). Those of us who are intimately familiar with the situation understand that the homeless crisis is not a housing crisis and can’t be solved with construction. We could build thousands of units, change our insane laws that promote petty theft and open drug use, and put a million Port-a-potties on the streets of Los Angeles. These are all things that could happen if we could cut through the bureaucratic pomposity. We have the means. No, it’s not the laws or the housing that are preventing us from solving this problem. There is one specific reason why California and her plagued cities cannot solve this homeless crisis.
To do so would require our entire leadership apparatus to admit that liberal and socialist policies are a complete and utter failure on every level.