California has the highest poverty rate in the US in spite of the fact that it has a high minimum wage and abundant social programs. Stefan Molyneux visits Jeff Page, an activist known as the ‘Mayor of Skid Row’ in Los Angeles, who tells him the problem began in 1967 when the city created the Skid Row containment zone as an area to corral the homeless and mentally ill who overflow government institutions. Downtown LA is being revitalized, Skid Row has become valuable real estate, developers want the homeless out of there, and they want taxpayers to cover the cost. So, in 2016, voters passed Measure HHH, which allotted $1.2 billion to house 10,000 homeless people. Corruption followed the money. Developers said it would cost $450,000 per unit to house the street people. How much it would cost to keep them there was not a topic of concern. There was ample margin for sweetheart deals with cronies at every level of the project. Jeff calls the politicians, developers, and non-profit agencies that flourish in this racket “poverty pimps,” because they consider homeless people merely as a commodity – something you use to make money. He says the LA Police Department is also in on the scam. They have a $2-billion budget that would go away if the crime rate dropped. Crime must remain high to justify large budgets. The system is flawed by design. [This is the reason private charity always outperforms public charity. Governments can never overcome poverty because they are the greatest cause of it.] -GEG
McCabe is under pressure and may cut a deal to offer testimony against other FBI and Justice Department officials. It is surprising to see strong interest at the government level in holding a member of the deep state to the same standards that apply to everyone else. We shall see.
A record 220,300 public school teachers reported that they were physically attacked by a student during the 2015-2016 school year. California passed Senate Bill 419, prohibiting the suspension of disruptive kids. [Be sure to check out the readers’ comments for these articles.]
Epstein was ‘suicided’ instead of being delivered to justice. This was done, not only to prevent revealing the names of high-profile celebrities and government officials, but to make people feel helpless and passive, knowing that the justice system is corrupt.
J. Michael Springmann, who worked for the State Department, issued visas from 1987 to 1989 from the US Jeddah consulate in Saudi Arabia, and later learned it was being used by the CIA to issue visas to associates of Osama bin Laden who was creating the predecessor to al-Qaeda.
Barry Jennings’ story is full of details that directly contradict NIST’s pronouncements on the destruction of the building. Jennings mysteriously passed away in a hospital in 2008 but no records are available.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech announcing his plans to annex a third of the West Bank if he wins the Israeli election next week. He was hoping Trump would sign off on the land expropriation, but it never came.
Witnesses interviewed on the street immediately after the attack on 9/11 say the planes that struck the Twin Towers were gray, had no airline logos, and no windows. Firefighters tell of explosions far below fire-damaged
Christine Todd Whitman, the head of the EPA on 9/11, falsely assured New York residents and rescuers that the air was safe to breathe following the destruction of the WTC buildings. In truth, however, the event released clouds of toxic dust that has caused thousands of deaths.
UL certified the steel used to build the World Trade Center buildings. Ryan realized the government’s report included serious errors and, according to the tests at UL, the buildings easily should have withstood the fires.
The MS Malmo was rescued after being trapped in ice, and its 16 passengers were airlifted to safety. The ship was on an Arctic excursion with tourists and a documentary-film crew, all concerned about melting Arctic ice caused by global warming.
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Tourism is San Francisco’s biggest industry, bringing in $9 billion a year, employing 80,000 people and generating more than $725 million in local taxes. A major convention canceled future plans due to the open drug use, threatening behavior, and mental illness that are common on the streets.
While the US used to be a rich country, an increasing number of Americans now are living in poverty. Half of the people in the US have no savings and cannot raise $400 on a day’s notice. Politicians refuse to address the death of the middle class because they created the bad economic conditions.
California has the highest poverty rate in the US, based on the cost of housing, food, utilities, and clothing. With 12% of the American population, California is home to about one in four of the nation’s welfare recipients. The welfare state, supported by a massive bureaucracy of 883,000 full-time state and local employees, is incentivized to expand its ‘customer’ base by bringing in more and more welfare recipients, which includes illegal aliens. In short, California is the poverty capital of America because it is ruled by collectivists.