San Francisco is the shining beacon of Democratic policies. They’ve carried the mantle of progressivism for decades; as San Francisco goes, Democrat-majority cities follow. But the pretty California people, tech boom beneficiaries, and trust fund kids who make up leadership in this far-left city are a small fraction of the population. Most others are barely making it. An increasing number of people aren’t making it at all.
We’ve covered rampant homelessness in San Francisco, the “woke” city, multiple times. But that was before the most recent numbers. Have they learned from crisis on their streets or the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted on progressive “fixes”? Are they working to empower both police and social services to do what’s necessary to help those suffering through drug abuse, disease, and starvation? Are they ready to acknowledge that their policies don’t work and that socialism, which is closer to being realized in San Francisco than anywhere else, is a failed concept?
No. If anything, they’re doubling down.
Over the last several months, cities and counties across California have been releasing homeless counts. The results have been grim.
San Francisco was no exception. In May, the city released data that showed homelessness had jumped 17%. That was bad enough. Last week, a more complete accounting, known as a point-in-time count, showed the problem was even worse.
The count revealed that homelessness in a city that’s become a caricature of wealth inequality in the U.S. had actually increased by about 30% from 2017, when the last count took place.
The excuse generator is working overtime, but the situation isn’t changing. There are still plenty of incentives for drug users to continue to use drugs. Truly homeless people have no hope for getting into a better situation even as minimum wage continues to rise, thereby driving costs of goods and services higher. But the Democrats know as long as they say the right things, they’ll still get the votes.
If you think it’s unfair to blame the Democrats, keep in mind they’ve had complete control over the city for a long time. They’re in a progressive state with progressive policies that are in lockstep with the city’s policies. And the thought-leaders in the city are generally progressive as well.
If you want to see how Democrats handle income inequality, look at San Francisco. How a city can be flourishing yet so destitute simultaneously reveals the end goal of Democrats: The elite doing great and everyone else equally miserable.
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