Progressive policies bring about tragedy and hopelessness. Liberal politicians claim to care for the poor while the policies they enact hurt the poor the hardest, while increasing the number of people living in poverty. Therefore it’s no surprise that homelessness is still on the rise after four years of the most liberal president in history, and that the liberal New York City is the hardest hit area.
An average of more than 50,000 people slept each night in New York City’s homeless shelters for the first time in January, a record that underscores an unsettling national trend: a rising number of families without permanent housing.
Families have become a larger share of the nation’s homeless population, growing 1.4% from 2011 to 2012, after their numbers fell as the economy emerged from recession.
In Boston, authorities said there were 1,166 homeless families in December 2012, up 7.8% from the previous year. In Washington, D.C., homeless families grew 18% from 2011 to 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The numbers in New York, however, are starker, according to a report to be published Tuesday by the Coalition for the Homeless, a New York advocacy group, citing New York City government figures.
More than 21,000 children—an unprecedented 1% of the city’s youth—slept each night in a city shelter in January, an increase of 22% in the past year, the report said, while homeless families now spend more than a year in a shelter, on average, for the first time since 1987. In January, an average of 11,984 homeless families slept in shelters each night, a rise of 18% from a year earlier.
“New York is facing a homeless crisis worse than any time since the Great Depression,” said Mary Brosnahan, president of the Coalition for the Homeless. (Read More)
So not only are children enduring poverty in America today, they’re going to grow up having fewer avenues out of poverty thanks to the profligate spending that’s bankrupting their future.
What’s most disturbing about all of this is that politicians like President Obama go around saying that the other party protects the wealthy. He may make noise about raising taxes on the rich, but his crony capitalism is keeping the rich fat and happy while the rest of the people suffer. Even more disturbing is that a majority of those who are suffering the most undoubtedly voted for more of the same. We’re living through a national tragedy that could have been prevented, and the sinking approval numbers are a bit too late. We now have to endure this misery for at least another 1417 days, and cleaning up the mess could take a generation.