We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"the Seattle metro area spends more than $1 billion fighting homelessness every year".
I think I see the problem. The Seattle government has become the codependent cause of their homelessness problem. Just like welfare creates poverty the aid given to the homeless creates homelessness.
It can be fixed: Make it illegal to sleep on the sidewalks or in parks and arrest anyone doing it. This gives the police the opportunity to check the person for criminal background and it gives them the opportunity to asses them for health issues (many homeless people are spreading diseases). Then give them the option of a ride to the city limits, a safe camping place well outside the city or jail. 2nd or subsequent offense requires jail time.
Stop the various NGOs and charities from handing out food or providing shelter.
There used to be vagrancy laws all over the country. Liberals hate vagrancy laws. They would rather the homeless camp out along rivers and in parks, show up at the homeless centers for food, and than over to the safe dope sites, where the liberals give them clean needles to inject themselves with the drugs of their choice. Then back out on the street the homeless go, begging and panhandling, pee and pooping wherever they please, destroying there lives, all so the smug liberals can live in their gated communities, free from the homeless people, telling themselves what caring human beings they are. Any attempt to argue against such nonsense, brings the liberal intellectuals out in full force telling all, that those that argue for vagrancy laws, are uncaring bigots, who would rather the homeless suffer unimaginable pain and starvation.
I have only one question. Let's postulate that a group of folks in say Baltimore decided that their economic opportunities were bad, and they were being oppressed by criminals.
They decide that Seattle is the place to be. Less Crime, $15 minimum wage, and suchlike, so they intend to go there.
Since they are poor folks and what automobiles they own are in bad shape, they determine to walk, bringing their kids along.
My question is this. Would they in fact make it out of Maryland and into whatever State they crossed into, or not before being arrested for child abuse and having their children turned over to Social Services and housed in a group home or some such.
Most likely if they were women with their children they would not be arrested but in fact would be directed to and even given a ride to government and NGO facilities that would help them. If they were men of color who were not committing a crime at the time or were wanted for a crime again they would be directed to assistance. If they were white men/rednecks then they would probably indeed be charged with a child abuse crime.