‘Denver made the right move on homeless camps’

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

Great editorial in the Denver Post! Quoting from it below:

So what is a city supposed to do when some homeless people reject available shelter and services and insist on camping on public property?

That’s the issue Denver has faced since last fall near the downtown Samaritan House shelter, and officials demonstrated a great deal of patience in trying to resolve the problem without moving against the camps themselves.

But the problem did not subside. It got worse and would probably have continued to worsen with warmer weather on the way.

So Denver decided to act — to evict the campers and remove their belongings on the basis of a “looming public health and safety emergency.” And while the decision was difficult, the actions taken so far this week have been justified.

It’s the homeless shelter/services industry’s creed: More Homeless People = More Money. In other words, the millions and millions of $$$ from public and private sources which have supported the “nonprofits” since the days of Mayor Hickenlooper have led to this: More Homeless People Than Ever Before.

We in Boulder also realize that the authorities in Denver will continue to “encourage” transients there to move along to our city, something they began doing in earnest at the time of the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008, and the migration has continued ever since.

Looking at the photos published in the Denver Post, you have to say that the bums there are the BIGGEST SLOBS on our planet:

A Denver sheriff’s deputy oversees the clearing of a homeless camp along Park Avenue West on Tuesday. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

A Denver sheriff’s deputy oversees the clearing of a homeless camp along Park Avenue West on Tuesday. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

It’s impossible for me to have any empathy with barely human critters like this, who exist in such a degraded manner simply as their passive-aggressive way of giving the finger to society. Although the worst-behaved are only a small minority of the overall homeless population at any given time (I estimate 20%, based on my experience as a homeless man), their high profile status in the public eye makes all of us look very bad.

Clearly, the socialist approach to housing the homeless, funded by both public and private sources with oversight from both government agencies and charitable nonprofits, is a FAILURE.

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