Monday, October 16, 2017

The Legislative Thinking Mentality

The other day, on the news, San Diego is contemplating the idea of affordable housing for the homeless. Two problems here, the climate is so mild and it never rains so you don’t need a home, just a tent for privacy and a shopping cart for your belongings. Second, homes cost about $400,000. All a tent cost is about $100 and shopping carts are free. Figure $10 dollars a day for food and booze, no cigarettes, (they’re $10 a pack) you can be a beach bum for less than $3,650 a year. The problem with the tents intensifies when the owner picks up discarded items to more properly furnish his or her domicile. And the issue of trash removal and sanitation is nonexistent. At this point it becomes a health issue.

Then after the tragic Las Vegas shootings, Congress is contemplating tougher gun control laws. Criminals don’t shop at gun stores to purchase a weapon; honest law-abiding people do. There is no law we can pass that will stop someone from repeating what just happened. Almost everyone is entitled to buy a gun, if they do it before they break any laws. People are not born killers, but a law will not stop someone from killing if he is willing to die in the act. All gun laws do is process people into the jail system after they have fired their weapon (if they do not take their own life). Laws do not prevent bad behavior, they only punish it.

With these two examples, you might arrive at the conclusion; Congress believes that there is an obvious legislative solution to all of our problems. Of course, some problems solve themselves. 20 trillion dollars of national debt kind of explains why cigarettes went from 25 cents a pack to $10 dollars.

“Give the rich a tax break,” sets the Democrats ballistic. The bleeding hearts think the rich are obligated to foot the bill. At the same time, I haven’t picked up a newspaper reporting that someone in this country starved to death for any reason. I would bet that more than half of the people in this country on food stamps are severely overweight. Food stamps offer people the cell phone and cable tv option. But I digress.

Congress-i-anal stupidly assumes that low income people will spend their food stamp allotment and other monies on their kids. Not quite. But when anyone wants to change a program, it is pointed out that it is the kids that will lose out. The kids are used to earn more government handouts and believe me, the kids are the last ones to receive any of the trickle down from this. A 12 pack and a pack of cigarettes is $28.00 and the kids don’t get to drink the beer or smoke the cigarettes. They grow up eating macaroni and cheese with an occasional hot dog and some Kool aid. As a kid, I knew some of these kids, they would marvel at our refrigerator when they came over, it had food in it!

Reality is out there, it just depends on how your mind colors the pictures. Government should not be there to fix our problems, but rather to pay the bills.

California is the land of half million-dollar homes, and a climate that lends itself to the homeless on a $3,600 a year budget. Food stamps, a cell phone and a surf board, what a life!

Governor Jerry “Moon Beam” Brown will probably even get them registered to vote to boot. And then there is marijuana legalization. That old biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah comes to mind. The Democrats have started a party that even Harvey Weinstein might want to attend/fund.


dearieme said...

You've certainly made a strong case for the homeless across the US to get themselves to San Diego. Just as well that they don't read your blog.

Anonymous said...

I love your writing common sense stuff. unfortunately it's only the 1% of the population that has it . this world is twisted to shit look at the money laundering operation going on in the stock market.fed prints buy's index of companies that don't make money that filters to the pensions 401 k ect making people feel rich so they buy that new overpriced home new car .it's a Ponzi scheme of epic proportions . mean while health insurance is going up 20- 50% a year .just hope the market keeps going vertical if not game over.

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi dearieme

I think what we are witnessing is residential Californians that have gotten to retirement age with only Social Security to live on. $12,000 a year will not put a real roof over your head. Contrast that with rest home care running about $12,000 a month. Drugs and alcohol are escape from the real world and old age.

I expect the number of homeless to double in 3 to 5 years. The trouble is, where do you move them to, get rid of the problem? I can see Mexico as a location where it is inexpensive to live as being the only solution. Mexico just might build a wall to keep them out (just kidding). But seriously $12,000 for each person per year in Mexico, is real tourist dollars.

Any way you look at it, it is a problem nobody has anticipated.

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Anon 4:09

Thank you for the complement. It made my day. All that you listed is happening, but I think that these people are not working together as a group. They are all trying to get rich in their own way.

Some of these government retirement funds could go broke. Not a good thing to happen.