Gary Blasi Is Shocked, Shocked, To Find Hypocrisy Is Going On…

…over the proposal to criminalise sleeping in cars in some US areas:

One finds the “vehicularly housed” in virtually every neighborhood, including my own. But the animus that drives anti-homeless laws seems to be greatest in the wealthiest cities, like Palo Alto, which has probably spawned more per-capita fortunes than any city on Earth, and in the more recently gentrified areas like Los Angeles’ Venice.

Goodness me! How odd. You’d never expect that. Would you?

These places are ruled by majorities of “liberals” who decry, with increasing fervor, the rapid rise in economic inequality. Nationally, 90% of Democrats (and 45% of Republicans) believe the government should act to reduce the rich-poor gap.

It is easy to be opposed to inequality in the abstract.

So why are Los Angeles and Palo Alto spending virtually none of their budgets on efforts to provide housing for the very poor and homeless? When the most obvious evidence of inequality parks on their street, it appears, even liberals would rather just call the police.

It’s one of life’s truths, indeed. You see, when they say that the poor should be tolerated and sympathised with, they mean by other people.

6 comments for “Gary Blasi Is Shocked, Shocked, To Find Hypocrisy Is Going On…

  1. ivan
    April 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Why is it the government’s responsibility to do anything about the so called rich/poor gap? People should take responsibility for their own actions, or lack thereof.

    It is interesting, but not surprising, that 90% of the liberal left support the government should do something position. It is surprising that 45% of the right do also, or is this just a case of the right not knowing what the left are doing?

    • April 21, 2014 at 6:29 am

      People take responsibility?! *gasp*

    • April 21, 2014 at 6:32 am

      And I suspect the answer to the question is that the 45% of right wingers have a different section of the population in mind to the 90% of the Left…

  2. April 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Most of the homeless are MEN !!!(tm). Spend money on men? Now there is a radical idea.

    • April 21, 2014 at 6:34 am


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