If there’s any one state in this august union that could be properly termed socialist, California would certainly be in the running.
After all, the Golden State is where taxes are high, the so-called “safety net” is wide, economic growth is low and anyone who disagrees with leftist orthodoxy is chased off of state-run college campuses.
Well, if you want to call California socialist, all we can say is this: We’ve seen the future, and it doesn’t work.
If you don’t believe me, take a look at this video showing the homelessness in Orange County, California. It’s a 10-minute bike ride through one of the largest shantytowns in America:
The encampment in question is along the Santa Ana River right by Angel Stadium.
According to the Los Angeles Times, authorities decided to shut down the encampment last November, although we wish them good luck with that.
In a now-deleted post, the Retired Orange County Deputy Sheriffs blamed local officials for it: “Orange County is now a s*** hole country thanks to Sheriff Sandra (Hutchens) and her co-conspirator Don Barnes,” the description for the video reads, taking a slight page from Donald Trump.
However, while enforcement of transients laws may be local, it’s kind of hard to blame Hutchens and Barnes, or really any county government. Homelessness in California is a massive statewide problem.
At one point, the largest homeless camp in America was in South San Jose; The Atlantic blamed the 68-acre shantytown on those darn Silicon Valley firms and the rising housing prices that came with it.
Maybe that had something to do with it, but Oakland isn’t exactly Silicon Valley. Yet, a homeless encampment there is spilling out onto the street.
OK, but that’s still the Bay Area. What about Los Angeles? Well, here’s 37 minutes of footage from a Skid Row homeless encampment there:
These are four places scattered over 400 miles apart. What’s the one unifying factor? They all share the same state government — a state that’s more than $400 billion in debt and has the largest homeless population in the United States.
According to The New York Times, one in four homeless people in America — 114,000 in total — live in California. Los Angeles County alone has 55,000 homeless, a number that rose by 13,000 from 2016 to 2017.
Lest you think that these homeless encampments just create a visual blight on the California landscape, consider the fact that a recent wildfire that destroyed six homes in Bel-Air was started by cooking from a nearby homeless encampment.
And state government doesn’t appear to be getting any saner in the near future. While Democrat Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown is term-limited and can’t ruin the state any further beyond 2018, the odds-on favorite to replace him is former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who will likely be worse.
Despite a movement to draft conservative actor James Woods to challenge Newsom, the likelihood of a Republican victory is probably slim at best. Thus, there’s likely going to be another four years of Democrat “leadership” that’s going to be tasked with solving the homeless problem.
In other words, you can definitely expect to see a lot more videos of shantytowns popping up on social media, no matter what local authorities choose to do.
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