By Jon Dougherty
Left-wing Democrats are hard at work trying to turn some of our most technologically advanced cities into third-word — what’s that word POTUS Trump likes to use? — s**tholes rife with garbage, homelessness, depression, and deadly diseases.
And frankly, these are case studies in precisely why we, as a nation, cannot afford to hand full control of Congress over to them, let alone the White House, next year.
From City Journal:
Over the past few years, Seattle has become a dumping ground for millions of pounds of garbage, needles, feces, and biohazardous waste, largely emanating from the hundreds of homeless encampments that have sprouted across the city. Now, the Emerald City is on the verge of a full-blown public-health crisis. Last year saw a 400 percent increase in HIV infections among mostly homeless addicts and prostitutes in the city’s northern corridor. Public-health officials are sounding the alarms about the return of diseases like typhus, tuberculosis, and trench fever. Even the region’s famed mussels and clams have tested positive for opioids.
Did you get that? Seattle is so messed up that even seafood species are becoming diseased and unsafe to eat.
There’s more. It’s not like the city’s residents are happy with what their Democrat leaders are doing to their Emerald City.
The City Journal writer, Christopher F. Rufo, requested and obtained data from the city regarding complaints of trash, needles, feces, biohazard waste in general, tents, etc., and then geo-located them on a map.
In all, he documented more than 19,000 instances, ranging from mundane complaints to serious infractions of dangerous biohazard waste.
“Each data point on the map demonstrates that homeless encampments, opioid addiction, and mental illness have created significant disorder in almost every corner of Seattle,” he wrote.
How’s that for liberal “progress,” huh? I mean, you’ve really got to be doing something massively wrong if you can bring back “trench fever,” a louse-borne disease last seen in abundance during World Wars I and II.
Rufo notes that in recent years, city leaders actually made a good faith effort to clean up Seattle. Crews hauled away something like ~9 million pounds of trash between 2017 and 2018. But they caved to pressure from irrational, unhinged Left-wing groups who a) claimed that picking up trash and scattering homeless camps was bad and unconstitutional; and b) did not have to live anywhere near them.
So the problem re-manifested itself into the mess — literally — that it is today. What’s more, like their liberal brothers and sisters in the street feces capital of the country, San Francisco, Seattle’s Lefty leaders have since adopted policies guaranteed to make the current intolerable conditions downright unbearable. Rufo notes:
Rather than take additional steps to remove illegal encampments, officials have chosen to accept, and even enable, them. The city council recently launched a pilot program to offer weekly garbage-pickup services to ten of the more than 400 encampments, promoting the illusion that these illegal tent cities are just like any other neighborhood. The program has been a failure.
According to a Seattle Times report, campers returned only 26 percent of the trash bags that the city distributed and “even some of the ones returned had been ripped apart by people looking for needles with a bit of heroin left.”
But, he notes further:
As the trash map reveals, a solution is possible. Seattle’s most elite neighborhoods—Madison Park, Broadmoor, Laurelhurst, and Windermere—have avoided the garbage plague. Neighbors in these enclaves have pushed back against tent encampments and, in some cases, hired private security firms to implement what is, in effect, localized Broken Windows policing. These neighborhoods logged almost no complaints in all of 2018.
The message: If wealthy Leftists can push back against impinging trash mountains, drug abuse, homeless camps and the ever-present trench fever, so, too, can Left-wing commoners.
Or something like that.
- Follow Jon Dougherty on Twitter at @JonDougherty10