Approved – NV
To the blue-state satraps running homeless haven California, it was all supposed to be so easy. Shake the feds down for million in the name of ending homelessnes, or else yell loudly to the gullible media about the heartless Trump administration denying them funds. And once the funds rolled in, party hearty and fatten the bureaucracy.
They tried it one time too many and this time got the mother of all smackdowns:
In a return letter signed by [Housing and Urban Development] Secretary [Ben] Carson, the Administration responded by pointing out that California “seeks federal dollars…from hardworking American taxpayers but fails to admit that your State and local policies have played a major role in the current crisis.” Carson lists some of the state-based causes as being an “over-regulated housing market, its inefficient allocation of resources, and its policies that have weakened law enforcement.”Experts who spoke to ABC agree that “state and local policies…have led to the affordable housing shortage in California,” while also admitting that simply spending more money “could take decades…to impact homelessness.”
The dispute comes as President Trump has also threatened to hit California with environmental violations due to the pollution caused by the high rate of homelessness.
In other words, they wanted the feds to pay for the poverty they themselves created and instead of getting it, they got called out. It recalls Thomas Sowell’s old warning that you can have all the poverty you want to pay for, except in this case, they wanted other people to pay.