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Sunday, September 27, 2020

If you want to know what Democrats will do to America, just look at California

 And be prepared to recoil in horror.

Throughout Garcetti’s seven years as Mayor, Los Angeles has witnessed a shocking explosion of homelessness. When he took office in 2013, the city had about 23,000 residents classified as homeless, two thirds of whom were unsheltered, living on the streets. By mid-2019, the figure was about 36,000, and three-quarters of them were living on the streets. Currently, there are 41,000 homeless. Garcetti’s pet plan to alleviate the homelessness crisis was the construction of permanent supportive housing. In 2016, compassionate voters approved $1.2 billion in new spending to fund these units. Three years later, only 72 apartments had been built, at a cost of about $690,000 apiece. Meanwhile, an El Salvador-based company has come up with nifty $4,000 3D-printed houses that look like great places to live and can be put up in a single day.

It's not just the rampant waste, fraud and abuse that comes with every single Democrat administration.  It's the rampant lawlessness as well.

One morning, about a week after his arrival, I sat down at my computer and discovered it was feces o’clock (approximately 6am Pacific Time). The stench of human waste was wafting in from the sidewalk, which apparently was doubling as a toilet. I had become afraid to go out my locked gate, even to get the mail from the box just on the other side, so I got up on my kitchen step stool and leaned over the fence to hose off the sidewalk.

The felon, irate to be awakened by the rather normal neighborhood sound of a person using a garden house, flew out of the van in a rage. My gate is steel-frame, covered by wood planks, and six feet high like the rest of my fence, but it is still terrifying to have a man pounding on it with both fists and yelling “You bitch! I’ll get you, bitch!” Terrified, I dropped the hose, screamed, “I’m calling 911,” and ran inside. Probably figuring the arrival of police was imminent, he took off with his girlfriend on the motorcycle.

My neighbors and I call 911 from time to time, like if we hear a woman screaming in the city parking lot near us. And the police always come pronto. But that morning, time went by, and no police. A half-hour. Forty-five minutes. An hour. This was upsetting. And let’s be clear: It is not the fault of the police. Though the $150 million “defund the police” cuts have yet to hit the department, the mayor’s prohibition on enforcement against abusive “campers” has served to effectively drain the force’s existing capacity, since police often have to come out over and over to the same locations, powerless to resolve the underlying issues.

Do go read it all.  Understand that this is what they want to do to you, no matter where you live.  


Drumwaster said...

Don't forget that the State - which has pre-planned rolling brown- and black-outs due to failure to plan for the increase in both population and technology requiring electricity (the creation and control of which is 18th century technology, mind you) -- is now requiring that all cars sold after a certain date (2035, IIRC) be electrical. A year or two later, they will find some reason to shut down repair shops for traditional IC engines, because "the planet needs saving".

It'll be interesting seeing an electrically-powered fire truck stalled on the way to a fire because the mandated brownouts prevented it from reaching a full charge.

Ragin' Dave said...

Gonna be hard to find all those electric eighteen wheelers to bring food into the state when the rest of the country refuses to follow California's lead. And where are the farmers going to find electric tractors? Of course, that assumes there will be any farming left.