The WaPo had an eye-opener yesterday: Trump pushing for major crackdown on homeless camps in California, with aides discussing moving residents to government-backed facilities
“President Trump has ordered White House officials to launch a sweeping effort to address homelessness in California, citing the state’s growing crisis, according to four government officials aware of the effort.
“The planning has intensified in recent weeks. Administration officials have discussed using the federal government to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles and other cities and into new government-backed facilities, according to two officials briefed on the planning.
“But it is unclear how they could accomplish this and what legal authority they would use. It is also unclear whether the state’s Democratic politicians would cooperate with Trump, who has sought to embarrass them over the homelessness crisis with repeated attacks on their competency.”
Look, if I believed even for a moment that there was some good in Prznint Stupid’s heart for his fellow man, this is still problematical: under what authority and which laws do you pick up people and put them somewhere else, and where exactly do you put them? Would he really be willing to pay to help someone other than himself?
And that’s just the logistics of the problem. It is not as if it solves all the intractable societal issues around the homeless (addiction, mental illness, lack of income, food insecurity, etc.) once you have a roof over their heads, as noble as that would be. There will be more homeless, and that is a sad guarantee. And if you think Ben Carson has any interest in helping the homeless, I got a refrigerator box under the bridge that would be a great fixer-upper. He’s trying to kick people out of HUD’s low-income housing.
So what is really going on here?
So there’s nothing here, even at face value, that is positive. Comrade Stupid is only trying to create a new wedge in Blue States (homelessness is not unique to California and knows no political affiliation) that only he, The Chosen One, can fix.