One of the most insidious “features” of leftist governments is the vast mountains of bureaucracy that they put into place to manage all of their programs. Of course, this massive bureaucracy leads to massive expense and waste. History shows that, eventually, those governments topple under the weight of their own bureaucracy and waste.
Sadly, for many Americans, this same pattern holds true for liberal states in America. They may not have crumpled under their wasteful ways, yet, but many of them are well on their way down that road. In fact, one state was just called out by one of its citizens for exactly that bureaucratic mess. Jamie Joseph writes,
When the state of California gifted the city of Los Angeles 1,300 trailers to house the homeless last year during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, there was hope that some of the 66,000 people experiencing homelessness in the county would have shelter.
But a year later, many trailers are sitting empty and unused in parking lots next to the Los Angeles Zoo and Dodger Stadium, according to a local news report.
“It’s upsetting to see all of those trailers sitting there in parking lots empty, when you know you have a humanitarian crisis playing out on the streets,” Daniel Conway, an adviser for the LA Alliance for Human Rights, told The Epoch Times. “It’s just hard to kind of make sense of it.”
The trailers were bought from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—and cost taxpayers $50 million—to provide temporary shelter for the homeless in cities that need them the most. More than 100 parked and unused trailers were confirmed in an investigative report by CBS Los Angeles earlier this month, which said they cost more than $40,000 each.
According to Conway, L.A. city officials said the trailers failed due to their expensive nature: They require connection to sewage lines and need constant maintenance.
But he added that the officials “seem to kind of be inconsistent about that—because at the same time, they build affordable housing projects where they can cost $700,000 a unit,” referring to how the city’s Proposition HHH funds are being spent to build permanent supportive housing units.
Conway said L.A. County is “not good at producing housing” because it’s done “very slowly and very expensively.”
“So for a decade plus now, we’ve had this commitment to permanent supportive housing as kind of the answer to homelessness. But we’ve never actually been able to figure out how to turn that into like an actual operational scalable model,” he said.
Just think, you and I paid $50 million to help solve a problem that the State of California keeps telling us is a problem that they want solved, but, then, everything that money bought just sits there and rots.
And leftists wonder why conservatives have no faith in government to solve problems. This is a perfect example of why.