LA Didn't Learn Lesson After Record 2018 Outbreak, Faces Another Dark Ages Plague


Ah, California. For decades, the state was what people pictured when they thought of America: Strap a surf board to the top of your woodie, cruise down to the coast while The Beach Boys blast, and soak in the freedom.

But these days, California has become a bit of a joke. After years of far-left policies and rampant illegal immigration, the golden age of the Golden State is long gone.

Instead, the state that was once the gem of our nation has seen spikes in poverty and desperate homelessness. Outbreaks of diseases and drug addiction have tarnished its streets — and now one of California’s most famous cities is facing yet another public health crisis straight out of the third world.

“Rat-infested piles of rotting garbage left uncollected by the city of Los Angeles, even after promises to clean it up, are fueling concerns about a new epidemic after last year’s record number of flea-borne typhus cases,” KNBC News reported on Monday.

What a liberal paradise! Gee, let me book my ticket today.

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Being worried about catching typhus from rats is something you probably associate with the Dark Ages, or maybe impoverished regions like Central America and Africa. But thanks to L.A.’s inability to clean up festering trash piles, it’s now the reality for many people right here in the United States.

“The rodents can carry typhus-infected fleas, which can spread the disease to humans through bacteria rubbed into the eyes or cuts and scrapes on the skin, resulting in severe flu-like symptoms,” KNBC explained.

Back in October, the news station’s investigative team warned Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti about the piles of trash that had become infested with disease-carrying rats. Why it takes a television crew to do something about a public health crisis is a story in and of itself, but we digress.

“At the time, he promised to make sure trash doesn’t pile up like that,” KNBC said. “The garbage was cleaned after the interview, but conditions have worsened over the next seven months.” Hey, at least it looked good for the cameras.

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When the same investigative reporters contacted the liberal-run city’s services hotline, they were told that it could take a staggering three months before the trash piles were dealt with. That’s three months too long.

“It does pose a public health risk,” Dr. Jeffrey Klausner said. “Trash and food waste attracts rats.” Klausner, an infectious disease specialist from UCLA, also added that large rat populations can spread salmonella and bubonic plague.

Raise your hand if you want to get medieval.

“Rats carrying typhus-infected fleas were found around LA last fall, according to county health department records obtained by [KNBC],” the station reported.

Reporters added that “there is no plan or program to control the growing rat population that feasts at trash piles like the one on Ceres Avenue.”

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The response from city bureaucrats? Eh, get used to it.

“It’s something that we’ll look into,” said Pepe Garica from the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation. Yeah, they’ll get right on that.

“I can’t walk down the street without thinking that a flea could jump on me,” a local business owner named Estela Lopez told KNBC. This has become the reality in living in the most populous city in California.

Keep this situation in mind the next time a liberal politician gives you their latest election pitch. Call it an experiment in leftism: The downward spiral of Los Angeles and California overall should be Exhibit A for what happens when their policies run amok.

Yet those politicians never seem to acknowledge the disastrous results of their own worldview. You’re supposed to just ignore what’s happening and keep voting for more immigration, more government handouts, more unrestrained spending.

“Liberalism: We put the RAT in Democrat.” Okay, maybe that slogan won’t catch on, but it’s time for the American people to pay attention.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.