On the campaign trail out in Las Vegas, hard-core socialist Bernie Sanders took a gamble that voters would believe he has a plan to fix homelessness. He spells out exactly how in a campaign video. The problem is that his schemes don’t match up with reality.
In Seattle, for example, Bernie says it’s all Amazon’s fault. Jeff Bezos and his big business buddies squashed the $275 per employee “head tax” that would have taken Seattle’s homeless off the streets. Meanwhile, there’s an unsolved problem with homelessness in Bernie’s own home state. Maybe his socialist charity should start at home.
The Montpelier, Vermont city council just rejected a “no loitering” ordinance that would keep the homeless off the street. At least from in front of the local shops. Nobody stops to ask why are they homeless?
Most Americans are open to paying for mental health facilities to help others since it’s so often mental illness that causes homelessness. Why isn’t Bernie making massive donations to treatment centers from his own accounts? He should spend every last dime of his personal fortune until all are getting the treatment he needs. Isn’t that how socialism works?
Police have their hands tied. Apparently no laws were being broken, even though transients often deal drugs in front of stores. Some citizens are in favor of this ordinance, others just want to get people into decent housing. Why isn’t Bernie offering one or two of his mansions? This is his home state after all.
A task force has been assigned to work on the problem, so it should be shoved under the rug in short order. The whole subject isn’t supposed to be brought up. Move along, nothing to see here, we’re all living happy ever after.
Seattle and San Francisco have the same problem. They’re controlled by Democrats. Much higher rents lead to transients, higher street crime, unresponsive city officials and no enforcement.
Anything goes now. People can do anything in front of houses. Panhandlers wander into businesses strung out on drugs, often leaving with un-purchased goods. Businesses can’t deal with that for long.
Bernie accused Amazon and other big businesses in Seattle of squashing a “head tax” to help the homeless. Seattle city council pushed a tax last May that would have taxed these businesses $275 per person to help the homeless. It would have cost Amazon $12.4 million annually. Taxing big business is not going to erase homelessness. It’s not happening in San Francisco, it won’t work anyplace else.
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In Vermont, taxes and properties are already so expensive and jobs so scarce that people are leaving the state. Citizens start asking, “where are my tax dollars going?” If states and cities tax and regulate business too much, at some point, they’ll leave. Bill De Blasio learned this lesson when New York businesses got fed up with the higher taxes he just imposed.
Unlike Bernie, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is putting his money where his mouth is. Bezos pledged $100 million to help the homeless throughout America via non profits and promised Amazon will build one of the largest shelters in Seattle.
It’s time for Bernie to ante up or shut up. America doesn’t want steal from the rich and give to the poor socialism. We don’t want to end up throwing toilet paper currency in the streets like Venezuela.