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The homelessness problem has only recently begun to spiral out of control,
and that is primarily due to two things: the extreme cost of living, and the apathy toward drug use. Both of those are recent shifts in position.
In a speech to the Screeching Lesbians of Urban Toronto (SLUT) AOC stated that, "The evil Hitler Donald Trump is now trying to POISON undocumented rodent-Americans who only want an opportunity to seek asylum from racial hatred".
When asked to clarify, AOC screamed more about how much her shoes cost and demanded a raise.
One of the issues with progressive thinking is that the left often creates problems with over regulation, etc and then attempts to solve the very problem their initial policies created with more of the same. They never connect the dots.
One group focuses on one specific problem without recognizing the full outcomes of their actions. The next group down the line sees the problems, but only because they ARE problems and seeks a remedy only to not be cognizant of the full ramifications of their own actions.
Drug programs do not meet the rising needs of the problem and I would guess that many people are just willing to look the other way as that point suggests. If as you observe humans are inherently lazy then this can explain away the drug problem because people being lazy means they would rather just hang around in euphoric stupors then to find the energy within themselves to either kick the habit or steer clear of it in the first place.
The social remedies that liberalism has called for are not working and that is clear. However what is the alternative. The old alternative is the more conservative choice which is to lock them up and either force breaking the habit or just keeping them incarcerated on the tax payers dime. Not being an expert in the drug problem I have no remedies other than to listen to the experts but thus far any programs or policies all seem to sway to either of those two sides above.
As to the soaring cost of living, well that reverts back to capitalism and the issue I raised in my first reply doesn't it?
To house these throngs of high paid workers the real estate class and the landlord class have stepped in to either help with the needs or depending on how we wish to view it, take advantage of the situation. Landlords who are rich enough to put of collateral to the banks take out loans to buy more property to rent or lease to these workers and then in response to the needs to make their profit as well as paying back the loans they need to secure high rents . This is basically true for home ownership as well. Take out the loan to build the houses to sell the houses to pay back the banks and make their own profit at the same time.
The goal of a solution would be to enable people to understand the self-destructive nature of dangerous drugs and allow them a chance to get clean as painlessly as possible. Some "locking up" (I would prefer a treatment program to a prison for this) might be necessary; one of the major problems is that the addiction is often too powerful for someone to handle on their own.
That's because it is not a binary issue. That gets back to the laziness principle; it is easier to simply pick a side and assume the other side is wrong because they fail, while ignoring your side's own failures.
What will work better than what we have now is to stop the drugs from coming in. At the present time, that is from the southern border. Here again, we have evidence of progressive values (open border) being at cause.
Actually, no, not to the extreme we see this happening. Capitalism promotes competition, which serves to lower prices.