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Bernie Sanders Is Finally Guaranteeing His Workers $15/Hr Minimum Wage…By Cutting Hours

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Bernie Sanders is the only 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who is proudly running on an openly socialist platform.

As it turns out Sanders is going one step beyond simply running on socialism, he’s modeling it for the whole world to see.

Senator Sanders has been pushing for a federal $15/hour minimum wage, despite arguments and evidence that such a threshold actually cuts jobs and benefits and drives away business. He was even the first candidate to unionize his staff. However, that move has come back bite the Sanders campaign as workers began complaining that they were making less than the proposed federal minimal wage.

Campaign manager Faiz Shakir told Newsweek that the campaign has been in talks with United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 to secure a more acceptable pay rate but the union had refused their offer to bump up campaign salaries to $42,000 per year because…wait for it…

…it meant they would be making too much money to be eligible for full healthcare benefits.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

Shakir also told Newsweek that leadership at the campaign previously offered a pay increase for field organizers, but that the offer was rejected in a formal vote. According to the Post, Shakir offered organizer pay to be raised to $42,000 annually and extend the workweek to six days. The offer was reportedly rejected because it would have elevated staff to a pay level in which they’d be responsible to pay more of their own health care costs.

Discussions are still underway, but in the meantime Shakir says the campaign will guarantee a $15/hour by…wait for it…

…cutting the amount of hours staffers can work in a week.

“We look forward to continuing those discussions and obviously are disappointed that some individuals decided to damage the integrity of these efforts before they were concluded,” Shakir said. “As these discussions continue, we are limiting hours so no employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked.”

What seems amazing to this writer is that even when faced with proof that a minimum wage hurts more employees than it helps its proponents still insist on it. They would rather fewer people work fewer jobs for more money than more people work more jobs for a base salary and the opportunity to promote through the ranks.

It is the opposite of the compassion they advocate for.

But Americans should be grateful for this small microcosm of socialism in the big pond of the presidential race.

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Rhode Island Gov, DGA Chair No Bid Scandal Starting to Mushroom

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Screenshot from YouTube: “Lve interview with Gina Raimondo after her victory speech”

A recent Morning Consult poll shows Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is among the least popular governors in the country, with an approval rating of only 38%. Not an impressive figure when one considers she is also the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association charged with electing more Democratic Governors.

Watching her ham-fisted orchestration of a funny-smelling no-bid deal with a politically-connected gaming concern provides a pretty clear explanation as to why Rhode Island voters are unhappy with her job performance.

As the Providence Journal has editorialized:

Late in June, just as the General Assembly was about to call it quits, Gov. Gina Raimondo and legislative leaders sprang some big news on the public.

They announced the state had agreed to a no-bid contract extension with the company. Under the deal, IGT would retain exclusive rights to run traditional lottery games and provide slot machines at Twin River’s in-state casinos until 2043. In return, IGT would pay Rhode Island $25 million, upgrade its existing lottery infrastructure, and promise to employ 1,100 people in the state for the life of the contract.

Because the measure would go around the state’s bidding law, it requires legislative approval. Wisely, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio chose not to ram it through in the waning hours of the session, something that would have created a public uproar, given the state’s checkered history of passing poorly vetted eleventh-hour measures.

Instead, the legislature is asking the Governor to spend the summer and early fall explaining the merits of the deal. She isn’t off to a promising start.

Initially, Gov. Raimondo claimed that lobbyist Donald Sweitzer “had no involvement in the new deal.” But no less an authority than R.I. House Speaker Nicholas Mattielo says “it is simply not true.” Mattiello went on to tell the Journal that Sweitzer attended the lunch meeting at which Mattiello was informed of the deal.

Who is Donald Sweitzer? According to Michael Graham of Inside Sources:

The corporate exec is Donald Sweitzer, who until recently was chairman of IGT Global Solutions Corporation, the company that currently has Rhode Island’s lottery and electronic gaming contract.

Today Sweitzer is a $7,500 a month lobbyist for his old company. He’s also the politico so close to Raimondo that she sent him to tell her fellow Democrat, Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, about the no-bid deal she was pushing for IGT.

“I don’t do policy. I do politics,” Sweitzer said in a statement to the Providence Journal. But he’s being modest. From his days working with Paul Manafort–the notorious DC influence peddler turned convicted felon–to his time at the Democratic National Committee, Sweizer has moved comfortably between both politics and the private businesses who benefit from government largesse.

Not that it’s all been smooth sailing. Sweitzer was political director of the DNC under President Bill Clinton when what came to be known as the “Clinton Fundraising Scandals” began. In the 1990s, the DNC was forced to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable or illegal donations, including some $50,000 laundered through Buddhist nuns who had taken a vow of poverty. The overall Democratic fundraising scandal which dragged on through the 1990s would eventually lead to 22 guilty pleas.

It’s little wonder then that Raimondo is trying to distance herself from Sweitzer in the public eye. However, the following screenshots from this video of Raimondo’s most recent primary election night victory party in which it is quite evident that Raimondo and Sweitzer are the closest of political allies:

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Raimondo wants to be a big national political player. Sweitzer is her money man and her entre onto the national scene. If that means his company gets a sweetheart backroom deal at the taxpayers’ expense, she doesn’t care. But with an embarrassing job approval rating and a no-bid deal mushrooming out of control, Raimondo should reconsider her priorities.

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A Real Deplorable! GA State Rep. Falsely Accuses White Man of Racist Comments; Activists, Celebrities Pile On, Then The Truth Emerges

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On Friday, Georgia State Rep. Erica Thomas, a Democrat, moved from a “slow” checkout lane at her local Publix supermarket into the express lane provided for those who have only ten items or less. She claims she had only fifteen or so items, but she is nine months pregnant and had a child with her.

No one knows what words passed between she and another customer next.

Thomas claimed she was “verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!”

Her attorney, activist and advocate Gerald Griggs, sounds like Al Sharpton back in his “Tawana Brawley” days. He posted a video of a tearful Thomas describing her painful encounter at the hands of her white oppressor. It must be seen to be believed.

Celebrities including Patty Arquette, Tom Arnold, Bill de Blasio, Ted Lieu and Beto O’Rourke joined the fray “using the  #IStandWithErica hashtag.” Thomas is/was scheduled to share her agonizing story.

Patty Arquette: “I’m so disgusted that man harassed you. I am mortified your daughter had to watch that.”

Tom Arnold: “Donald Trump is a disgusting f**king coward whose made it okay for disgusting f**king cowards to bully women. Especially women of color but it started when we allowed Donald Trump & his disgusting base of ignorant racists to threaten & bully Sec Hillary Clinton. #IStandwithErica

Bill de Blasio: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It begins with a tweet.
Then a chant. Now a racist attack on a 9-month pregnant lawmaker and military wife just trying to feed her family. #IStandWithErica

Ted Lieu: “Both @realDonaldTrump and @GOP have grossly underestimated the number of Americans who have experienced the racist “go back” insult. We all know how it hurts. And we are going to vote. I predict a Dem wave in 2020, just like we had in 2018.#IStandwithErica”

Beto O’Rourke: “These are the consequences of a president who foments hate every day—and sees our diversity not as a strength but as a weakness. Erica, thank you for serving your state and thanks to your husband for serving our country. We are better than this, and together, we will prove it. #IStandwithErica”

Then, the truth emerges. Thomas’ oppressor spoke to reporters and vehemently denied the allegations. This accused “racist” man turns out to be a “Cuban immigrant and a Democrat who just defended “The Squad” against Trump’s “racist” tweets, told the president to “go back to Germany and his Nazi roots,” and recently posted about his own experiences with “hidden and outright vocal bigotry, ignorance and racism” because his grandmother didn’t speak English, only Spanish.”

There are two videos in the tweet below.

In the first video, Thomas confronts this man. He tells Thomas that she made the accusation for political purposes. He says he a Cuban and a lifelong Democrat. Thomas says “You are white.”

In the second video, a more calm Thomas walks back her claim. It sounds as if the man told her to “go back” to the other lane because she had too many items for the express lane. Thomas sees an opportunity to turn this into “go back to where you came from” and runs with it.

Please watch the following clips:

Like the #MeToo movement, all a “person of color” has to do is make an accusation against a white person and they are instantly believed. Democrats, especially celebrities, are quick to pounce on the accused with attacks of their own. The news spreads fast. Suddenly, someone who has done nothing wrong becomes Public Enemy #1.

This story illustrates the anatomy of a false racial smear and the ease with which one begins and how rapidly it can accelerate.

If this man did not have a social media history showing his dislike of Donald Trump and his support for “The Squad” in the latest feud, this story would surely escalate.

Georgia Rep. Erica Thomas should be forced to resign for her false accusations against this man. But she won’t.

Here’s another hashtag: #FireEricaThomas

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And Up We Go: LA’s Homeless Sue the City for Its Property-Destroying Street Sweeps

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A city worker uses a power washer to clean the sidewalk by a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor’s office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

 

 

LA has a problem.

Well, okay — it has thousands of problems.

But one of them is the rampant increase of people camping out — and crapping out(side) — on the streets.

Earlier in the month, I covered Victor Davis Hanson’s statement to Tucker Carlson that LA’s helped make California the nation’s first Third World state (here).

And recently, the laser-sharp minds in the Los Angeles government decided one way to address the homeless problem was to cancel bench warrants for anyone dwelling externally (here).

Yep — that’ll really give the issue a bit of What For.

Well, the homeless have just stepped up to a new rung of empowerment: They’re suing the city.

Seven homeless people have filed a federal lawsuit, claiming LA’s committed unlawful seizure and destruction of their property. During street sweeping, that is.

The suit insists the city has unconstitutionally employed its municipal code in order “to justify the ongoing practice of seizing and destroying homeless people’s critically important belongings—including tents, medications, important documents, and other items they need to survive on the streets.”

What documents are needed to survive on the streets?

The suit was announced at a news conference Thursday. One of the plaintiffs — Janet Garcia — told the press she had to perpetually repurchase goods because of the city’s crappiness:

“I have to buy my own supplies, and I always have to start over because they come and they sweep and they take everything from me. I can’t get out of the hole that I’m in because they keep putting me back at square one.”

Someone should tell her about the city’s homeless shelters and job programs to get help her back on her feet. Given their existence, it seems perhaps odd that anyone would want to live outdoors.

But for those in the elements, cleaning is the enemy.

And there was in fact a major cleanup drive just recently — on July 1st, the area near the LA Civic Center received, in the words of CBSLA, a “summer scrub.”

From KCAL9:

People living on the street near Los Angeles City Hall were notified in advance of the cleanup effort with flyers that were posted on light poles in the area. The flyers said the major cleaning would include sidewalks, alleys, parks, beach, parking lots and other public access areas.

Any property left behind, except for anything that was an immediate threat to public health or safety, trash or evidence of a crime or contraband, would be collected by the city and kept in a secure location for up to 90 days.

As reported, the cleanups are an effort to get the homeless off the street. However, one day later, the tents were back.

Some people are looking to alternative means in the fight over LA’s vagabondage: Fed-up residents are petitioning for a recall of Mayor Eric Garcetti (here).

In the meantime, seven bold Angelenos have risen up and raised their voices to fight for their rights.

#Resist.

-ALEX

 

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Florida Woman Jailed for Trying to Stab Someone Who Wouldn’t Give Her a Slice of Pizza – Like Normal

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Pizza! Pizza!

Sometimes, ya just gotta have it.

As did a woman in Florida Tuesday, according to a police report.

Here’s the alleged tale:

22-year-old De’Erica Cooks was jonesin’ for a slice.

She asked an unidentified woman for a piece of cheesy, breaded goodness, and the woman replied, “No.”

That was absolutely unacceptable.

I mean extremely unacceptable.

Therefore, according to witnesses, De’Erica responded the normal way: While wielding a steak knife, she declared, “I’m going to cut you.”

As reported by The St. Augustine Record:

The woman who was threatened by Cooks told the [St. Johns Sheriff’s Office] that Cooks then tried to attack her with the knife and that she feared for her life.

A guy present had to go all Little Seize-Her:

A man in the house was able to wrestle the knife away from Cooks…

De’Erica wasn’t going out like that:

[B]ut she grabbed another one, according to the report. Cooks told investigators she does not remember much during her fit of anger, the report states.

De’Erica’s been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

She’s also being charged — by me — with Really, Really Loving Pizza.

If you’d like to invite her over for an extra-large Domino’s, you’re welcome to pony up a grand and a half: She’s being held on $1500 bond.

But a word of advice: Buy her her own extra large; you don’t wanna end up fighting over the last piece.

Don’t make her hangry; you wouldn’t like her when she’s hangry.

-ALEX

 

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Video Emerges Showing Rep. Rashida Tlaib Going Absolutely Insane at 2016 Trump Event

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This seems sane.

A video has surfaced showing Rep. Rashida Tlaib being forcibly removed from a Trump even in 2016. Tlaib is of course one of the four “squad” members led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They’ve made their short careers out of race baiting, antisemitism, and sucking up biased media coverage.

That is Secret Service having to physically restrain Tlaib and pull her out the door. Secret Service obviously isn’t in the business of removing hecklers, which means she must of presented herself as a physical threat, likely by trying to rush the stage.

In the video, she can be seen screaming and flailing about violently. She tries to hit the man who’s filming her a one point. What exactly she’s saying is hard to make out, but it’s obviously nothing wholesome.

This is a person who is now presented as the face of the Democrat party. She’s a vicious anti-Semite, has expressed support for Palestinian terrorists, and is associated with a laundry list of bad actors who have themselves supported terrorism. Is it really surprising to see her in the video acting the way she is? Not really. She and the rest of her cohorts express this kind of irrational hatred every single day.

You can imagine how the media would react if a Republican Congressperson were shown to have behaved this way. They would not be kind. Tlaib is essentially untouchable because of all the inter-sectional boxes she checks though. This video does give us a window into what kind of person she is though.

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On the Apollo 11 Anniversary, Mike Pence Announces: We’re Moving to the Moon, & Next is a New Planet

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1969’s moon landing changed the world. It took the great expanse and made it reachable. It turned the unfathomable into a reality. Since the beginning of humanity, men and women had surely stared wondrously at the mysterious blanket above. How could anyone have believed that, one day, a human being’s feet would make their imprint into that seemingly-forever-away orb?

In an opinion piece for Fox News by Mike Pence Saturday, the Vice President celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 triumph.

“In that moment,” Mike wrote, “Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins helped our nation win the ‘space race,’ answering the call made by President John F. Kennedy just eight years before to ‘put a man on the moon’ before the decade was out.”

Trump’s righthand man thanked “the courage, grit and determination of the three space pioneers of Apollo 11 – and the hard work of the men and women behind their mission at NASA…”

And he praised the current Commander-in-Chief for continuing the country’s unifying outer-space spirit:

“The crew of Apollo 11 did more than plant a flag and leave a footprint – they brought our world together.

“Unity is the true legacy of Apollo 11 – and we must capture that same unity in our own day by renewing our commitment to American leadership in space.

“Under President Trump, we are doing just that.”

Mr Pence championed the enterprising pursuits of the White House:

“[W]e’ve unleashed American companies that are on the cutting edge of the space industry – developing the rockets, spaceships, and technologies that will take us further into space, faster than ever before.

“And thanks to our administration’s decisive actions, America’s pioneering space companies are creating the American jobs of the future and blazing new trails into the skies above.”

Mike had something big to tell America: We’ll soon be back walking on the moon. And this time, we’re stayin’:

“So to continue the proud tradition established in the Apollo program, and to ensure that our most cherished values prevail in the skies above, President Trump has made it our national policy to return to the moon in the next five years – and this time, we will stay.”

Not only that, but there’ll soon be a lady doing her best Michael Jackson — moonwalking.

And there’s more: Following our moon move, the U.S. is making its way to a little place I like to call Mars:

“The first woman and the next man on the moon will both be American astronauts, launched by American rockets, from American soil. The United States will lead the creation of a base at the moon’s South Pole where astronauts could reside for weeks and months. And from what we learn there, we will become the first nation in the history of mankind to set foot on the red planet of Mars.”

Mike put his most (vice) presidential foot forward. “The tasks before us will involve hardship and hazard, sacrifice and determination,” he noted. “But we shall go forth – not in spite of the difficulties, but because of them.”

He makes the current administration sound downright inspiring — not at all the characterization by the mainstream media, the effects of which can be seen here.

For all you space fans, buckle up: As per our VP, the future’s lookin’ like Duck Dogers.

-ALEX

 

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Nearly 50 ‘Undocumented’ People Storm a Texas Port of Entry; Agents Are Forced to Use Tear Gas

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On early Saturday, nearly 50 “undocumented individuals” stormed a port of entry at the Texas border. Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection had to employ tear gas and pepper spray to stop the mob.

The melee occurred around 4 a.m. at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, which is closed regularly between 12 and 6 a.m.

Despite the nightly closure, CBP had been forced to place temporary barriers in order to resist the hefty number of folks trying to make their way across.

As told to Fox by a border official, Saturday’s rush came in three waves.

The bridge-breaching brood even tore down the razor wire:

“Ignoring commands to stop, the group suddenly rushed the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and disabled the concertina wire affixed to the barrier.”

Some dudes assaulted the agents and began grabbing at their weapons. Note: That’s an easy way to get shot. I’m surprised only pepper spray was involved.

“Several males in the group disregarded commands to stop and physically pushed through the barriers. When confronted by CBP officers, the combative individuals began assaulting the officers by punching, kicking, and attempting to grab the officers’ protective devices.”

Two men are being charged with “interference,” as per Fox. Fourteen others are looking at pending federal charges.

The bridge reopened at 8 a.m.

The effort to overtake the bridge comes at the end of several days’ battle between Trump and the Freshman Fab Four (here), initiated by the congresswomen’s opposition to Nancy Pelosi over border funding (here).

AOC and crew want to fight the power of security to the south. Meanwhile, America’s crisis continues.

-ALEX

 

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PA School District Informs Parents Their Child May Be ‘Placed In Foster Care’ If Lunch Account Remains Unpaid

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NBC affiliate WBRE reported that the Wyoming Valley West School District in Pennsylvania is cracking down on parents who have failed to pay their child’s delinquent school lunch accounts.

A letter signed by the district’s federal programs director, Joseph Muth, was sent to parents on July 9th. It reads as follows:

Multiple letters have been sent home with your child and no payments have been made to their account.

Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch. This is a failure to provide your child with proper nutrition and you can be sent to Dependency Court for neglecting your child’s right to food.

If you are taken to Dependency court, the result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care. Please remit payment as soon as possible to avoid being reported to the proper authorities.

According to WBRE, the district is trying to collect some $20,000 worth of unpaid lunch debt.

Officials from the County in which this school district is located were appalled when they learned of this letter. Luzerne County Children and Youth Services executive director Joanne Van Saun told WBRE:

I found it very disturbing. Upsetting. It’s a total misrepresentation, a gross misrepresentation of what our agency does.

I have been employed for Luzerne County Children and Youth Services for 33 years. Never has this county removed a child from a home for unpaid bills and never will we.

If we learned about this problem we would have collaborated with Wyoming Valley West to come up with other ways to meet those bills.

Luzerne County Manager David Pedri sent a letter to the school district on Thursday afternoon asking them to retract the letter. He told WBRE that, “This is a gross misrepresentation as to what we do. What you are really doing is weaponizing the good things we are doing in Luzerne County. I’m asking the school district to retract the letter.”

The district has said they will comply.

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Bubonic Plague “Imminent” in Los Angeles, Says Dr. Drew Pinsky

Dr. Drew Pinsky, a California-based physician who now hosts a talk radio show, correctly predicted the current typhus outbreak in Los Angeles about 18 months ago. Now he is sounding the alarm about a potential outbreak of the bubonic plague in the Los Angeles area, saying that unless conditions change quickly and drastically, Southern California will be dealing with a horrific epidemic.

The last outbreak of the bubonic plague, ironically, was in the 1920’s in Los Angeles. Arsenia Pestis, the organism that causes the plague, is endemic to the valleys Southern California and comes down through the foothills on squirrels and raccoons, Pinsky explained.

“[Then] It gets into the rats. When the rats proliferate, it gets into the humans. And we now have somewhere between 12 and 20 million rats in Los Angeles, and we’re one of the only cities in the country with no rodent control program.

“If you look at the pictures of Los Angeles you’ll see that the homeless encampments are surrounded by dumps. People defecate there, they throw their trash there, and the rats just proliferate there.

“The last outbreak was in the 1920s. It was only because of some heroic efforts by a group of physicians that it didn’t become a massive problem. It killed everyone who came in contact with the case zero.”

With the sheer volume of people now in Los Angeles, compared to 100 years ago, this is a terrifying prospect.

Downtown Los Angeles is now infamous for its trash piles, and while those are definitely part of the problem, Pinsky said the homelessness issue is the main driver of the potential disease outbreaks. Pinsky, who has worked as a physician at psychiatric hospitals, believes the homelessness issue has been caused by an inability to properly treat the chronically mentally ill and drug addicts. The people in this population, he asserts, will not voluntarily take up offers of housing.

“The part that is now driving me to my grave, I think, on this problem that this is a population that if you walk up to them and say come on, let’s go, we’ve got a great place for you to live, the vast majority will refuse.

“People don’t believe this, but if you are chronically mentally ill, unless you have treatment it’s very difficult to live in four walls. If you’re a drug addict, you seek the streets. So there is an attachment to this lifestyle that is not being addressed.”

So, the solution Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, and Eric Garcetti tout, “affordable housing,” won’t have an effect on the “vast majority” of the homeless population.

“Housing is not the problem in Los Angeles. We just absorbed 800,000 undocumented immigrants. We’re a sanctuary city. We welcomed them with open arms. None of them are on the streets. They all found a place to live. 800,000 people in a year found a place to live.”

Adams posited that maybe elected officials focus on housing because “the real problem isn’t solvable.” Dr. Drew vehemently disagreed, describing the problem as “easily solvable, but it just doesn’t fit an ideology.” Pinsky explained that throughout human history the chronically mentally ill were put into a hospital and “cared for and stabilized and returned to their lives,” but that since the 1960’s we’ve only been able to institutionalize people involuntarily for 72 hours and only if they pose an immediate risk of harm to themselves or others. Because of this, the chronically mentally ill end up living on the streets.

Pinsky recommended changing the definition of “gravely disabled” and expanding the power of guardians and conservators so that parents of adult mentally ill or drug addicted children can more effectively care for them and get them off the streets, and said, “If these were dementia patients walking the streets and people did not help them, there would be outrage. It’s the same symptoms, caused by a different diagnosis.”

In addition, Pinsky pointed out that “60,000 people are defecating and urinating directly into the gutters every day,” so we have the untreated waste of 60,000 people flowing directly into the Pacific Ocean.

So what’s the solution? The first step, Pinsky said, is to acknowledge that we all have different brains and sometimes they get sick from time to time. After that, Pinsky said it might take the National Guard or some type of law enforcement operation to clear the homeless from the streets, assess whether they need addiction treatment or another type of mental health treatment, and go from there.

Let’s hope that it won’t take an actual outbreak of bubonic plague to spur elected officials at the state and local level to effective action.

The entire interview can be viewed here.

Jennifer Van Laar is RedState’s Deputy Managing Editor. Follow her on Twitter @jenvanlaar, or on Facebook.

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