There can never be enough “idiot tests” in our political system. At some point, some voters are bound to pass them.
Los Angeles voters have failed every idiot test. It’s why George Gascon is cheerfully patting serial killers on the head and the area’s economy is built around $750,000 apartments for the homeless.
I’m not joking. I wish I were.
When the homeless crisis first took off, LA voters had approved a $4.6 billion package of homeless tax hikes. The taxes were not on the homeless, but on the people who still had homes.
The first apartments cost an average of $479,000 a unit. Some went as high as $650,000 a unit. But that wasn’t good enough. Two years later, the cost of an average unit hit $531,000, with some apartments going up to $746,000. Building an apartment in Los Angeles for a crackhead was costing more than the price of a mansion in some parts of the country.
Despite all those high prices, only 228 apartments were actually built in four years.
So it was time for $130K sheds.
Unable to build apartments for less than the cost of a mansion, Los Angeles launched a pilot program to build 8×8 aluminum sheds for the homeless for only $130,000 each.
And then the tents.
The homeless had been setting up their own tent encampments for free. So the city launched a pilot program to have the government set up tents for the homeless for only $2,600 per tent.
That’s $2,600 a month.
Time to raise more taxes to pay for them.
In an ambitious effort to address the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, a coalition of housing advocates, labor unions and progressive activist groups plans to file paperwork on Thursday for a ballot measure that would increase taxes on real estate transactions in the city to fund permanent housing for homeless people.
The organizers hope to collect nearly 65,000 signatures by spring to place the tax proposal on the November 2022 ballot.
“Ambitious”. This is being sold as taxing the rich, but no one’s asking who really profits from the homeless-industrial complex. Hint: it’s not the poor.
So L.A. voters will get another idiot test and odds are that they’ll fail it again believing that this time raising billions for mentally ill vagrants will work.