The feds just released data on homelessness and the new figures show the state of Washington has the largest increase in homelessness in the nation. Seattle, located in King County, has a homeless population of 12,112.
That puts Seattle third in the nation behind only New York City and Los Angeles.
The problem is so pervasive that KOMO-TV did a documentary on the problem titled "Seattle Is Dying."
According to the Oregonian, the documentary featured stark “images of homeless campsites, dismayed tourists [and] business owners talking about shoplifting.”
The reporter who wrote and produced the documentary, Eric Johnson, lays the blame for the crisis and its impact on law-abiding taxpayers at the feet of the Social Justice Warriors on the Seattle City Council. Police say council policy has tied their hands and made quality of life enforcement impossible. Other interviewees are frustrated by officials who do nothing about a crime wave associated with the homeless camps. And business owners are angry about a lack of action from the council.
Naturally, people who don’t have their lives negatively affected by the homeless were ‘outraged’ by the documentary and criticized Johnson. But he met the Twitterati head on, writing, “Seattle Is Dying. It’s a harsh title. Someone on social media even called it a ‘hopeless’ title. I’ll admit to you that I wrestled with the name for some time. Too dramatic, I wondered? Too dark? In the end I went with it because I believe it to be true. I believe that Seattle is dying. Rotting from within.”
Johnson isn’t the only one reporting on Seattle’s elite-created crisis.
Fox News found, “Seattle’s homeless crisis has reached such catastrophic levels that a north-side cemetery has become home to drug abuse, drug dealing and prostitution.” Ari Hoffman, Bikur Cholim Cemetery board member, was interviewed and repeated the diagnosis of "Seattle Is Dying," “The city council, city elected officials failed our city. They created a haven where it is OK for people to die on the streets through drug use, and to live on the streets people who have a mental illness. They are not offering treatment solutions, and they are failing us.”
Hoffman says until 2013 the homeless situation was relatively stable, but then a ‘compassionate’ city council “enabled drug use” and the homeless population exploded.
The solution of the council is to raise taxes and spend more, but even homeless people know that’s only going to add to the problem.
Geno Minetti, who lives in his car, told Fox, “They're wasting the taxpayer’s money. If they get more; they'll waste more." It is a shame this man can see the problem and knows government spending is not the answer, but the people in charge only see taxation and spending as an answer to every problem.
Hoffman is running for the city council and maybe he can help assuming he wins. Meanwhile, the only hope for productive citizens is more focus on the problem, as Johnson has done.
He described "Seattle Is Dying" as “about everyone else. It’s about citizens who don’t feel safe taking their families into downtown Seattle. It’s about parents who won’t take their children into the public parks they pay for. It’s about filth and degradation all around us. And theft and crime. It’s about people who don’t feel protected anymore, who don’t feel like their voices are being heard.”
And it’s about a political class that has ignored the problem because they can use their office to insulate themselves from the outcome of their bad decisions.
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