Earlier this week far-left California Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed shock at how much homelessness his state contains and announced plans to launch a task force to investigate and ameliorate this anomaly. In response, much of the sane, civilized world pointed, laughed and jeered.
Why did the world laugh at Newsom? Because there’s nothing to investigate, as President Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., explained Thursday morning on Twitter.
Here, I’ll save you the millions you’ll spend on the task force.
STOP ELECTING DEMOCRATS!!!
You’re welcome. https://t.co/ZVkqbs7HEH
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 23, 2019
Now flash back to Tuesday, when Newsom held a press conference in Oakland’s Henry Robinson Multi-Service Center — which reportedly provides transitional housing for people facing homelessness — to complain about his state’s homelessness epidemic and announce his task force.
“These are jaw-dropping numbers,” he said of the crisis.
“There are 8,022 homeless residents living in Alameda County — up 43 percent from 2017, according to new data from the county’s biennial point-in-time count, released last week,” The Mercury News notes. “There are 9,706 in Santa Clara County — up 31 percent from 2017. The 2019 San Francisco count tallied 8,011 people – up 17 percent from two years ago.”
But Newsom didn’t have a clue as to why these trends exist, and so he decided to launch a task force to investigate and “find solutions,” according to the Associated Press. He further claimed that it was California’s lack of a “homeless plan” that had engendered this crisis.
“The state of California has never had a homeless plan,” he said. “The state of California has been nowhere to be found on the issue of homelessness. I know what the problem is. None of us need a report telling us what the problem is.”
According to a press release put out by the governor’s office following his announcement, $1 billion of taxpayer funds will be allocated to his task force:
— CALmatters (@CALmatters) May 21, 2019
The whole idea drew derision and mockery from social media users, including even the president’s own son, because to them it all seemed like a pointless waste of time and money. Why? Because according to them, California’s homelessness crisis is a direct result of the policies that the state’s left-wing legislators have implemented. Are they right? It appears so.
Here’s how former California State Assembly member Travis Allen, a Republican, put it in a column years ago for the San Francisco Chronicle:
“California has an abundance of poverty and a shortage of housing,” he wrote. “Crime, energy prices, rent and the general cost of living are increasing. Our tax burden is one of the highest in America. Californians pay 40 percent more than the national average for their energy. All of this is the predictable result of state laws and regulations that the elites can afford but that make the rest of California poorer. Call it poverty by design.”
He wasn’t wrong.
Regarding regulations, California boasts some of the most draconian occupational-licensing rules in the country. Just to style someone’s hair legally and without risk of arrest, a California resident must pay at least $500 for a license and complete 1,500+ hours of schooling. But instead of cutting back on these rules, the state’s been pushing to punish anyone who violates them.
IF the California Senate wants to make news, why don’t the lift the expensive licensing requirements for hair braiders and stop focusing on race? pic.twitter.com/6uxEQhIOPK
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) April 25, 2019
“Attorney General Xavier Becerra last year sponsored Senate Bill 1272 to help law-enforcement arrest people who buy or sell services in the ‘underground economy,'” Reason magazine notes.
“The state also announced sting operations to catch laborers who have exceeded the measly $500 cap on providing unlicensed contracting. Instead of reforming its rules, California officials hope to fine and jail people.”
Correction: California officials hope to fine and jail people for trying to earn a living!
Meanwhile, California officials continue to do everything in their power to prevent the authorities from jailing illegal aliens, who’ve essentially been given free rein in the state to do almost anything they want, including hobnobbing with violent gangs.
Remember Bambi Larson? She was a 59-year-old mother of two who was murdered earlier this year by illegal alien Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, a known gang member with an extensive, violent criminal history. Yet despite numerous arrests and convictions in California since 2016 for battery, burglary, assault, drug possession, etc., he was never transferred into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of the state’s “sanctuary” policies:
How many more stories does it take to get through CA thick skull that sanctuary laws don’t help law abiding citizens! They only enable criminals!
‘Victim would be alive’: San Jose sergeant blasts sanctuary law after murder of a mom by vicious repeat thug https://t.co/8AnDNEio74
— James Elliott (@saorwngtsn) March 15, 2019
Larson’s murder happened a month after Newson used his inauguration speech to to announce a plan that called for forcing every Californian to obtain health insurance, charging each Californian exorbitant, unaffordable premiums for that insurance and then using the money accrued to provide young illegal immigrants with 100 percent free, taxpayer-funded healthcare.
It’s unclear whether Newsom realizes that forcing California’s already struggling working and middle class citizens to pay even more money for their healthcare will likely only push more families into homelessness, thus exacerbating the Democrat-caused crisis he hopes to alleviate.
It’s as if California’s Democrats are completely oblivious to reality.
“The reality is the ruling Democratic politicians are building a vanity economy that rich elites can afford to indulge but that poor and working Californians pay for through higher taxes and more expensive housing, energy and services,” Allen wrote in concluding his column for the Chronicle.
“They earnestly believe their policies will refashion California into a society of sustainable abundance. But like utopian social engineers throughout history, they’re unwilling to take off their ideological blinders and honestly confront the disastrous human results of their actions.”