"Since the 80s, the problem of homelessness has been on a ragged upward arc. In good times the numbers of homeless recede a bit, only to increase again when employment lags or inflation increases. The recently released Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, to which we have referred several times says, "Economic downturns have historically led to an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness. In the last three decades, however, the number of people experiencing homelessness has remained high even in good economic times.""


tvsterling at 09:52 2010-07-20 said:
This is a classic move. First the politicians see a demand to lighten the tax burden. Then they identify a group who inconveniently use up tax dollars (mentally ill). A sweet sounding scheme is concocted with two parts, first dump the obligation & second replace it with a different program. (community treatment centers). The scheme is passed & the second part is quietly dropped (lack of available funds is a very popular excuse). The politicians get their constituents admiration (& vote) & the out group (mentally ill) get tossed into a ditch. The voters get what they want. Tax reduction & very importantly a clean conscience. After all there WAS supposed to be a new program for the mentally ill wasn't there. Permalink

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