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So here's a cleaver idea to solve homelessness from the good politicians in South Carolina.

This Week's Poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking:

What seems to be weighing big on the small minds of many politicians here in the U.S. is this pressing question: What to do with all those pesky undesirables who keep cropping up across America?

Minorities. The poor. College students. Some of these varmints think they should have a say in their local governments! They even want to vote. Or have the right to assemble. Where does it stop? Next thing you know, gays will want to get gay married. Dogs and cats will want to live together. Mayhem!

We still haven't stopped chuckling over what happened two weeks ago when we told you about the troubles over in Beavercreek, Ohio, where the white locals stopped clutching their pearls long enough to put the kibosh on the construction of three new bus stops -- bus stops that would allow riders in Dayton, 73% of whom are minorities, access to Beavercreek stores, the medical center and even a state university. Check out some of the seriously hilarious comments over at the Huffington Post, where a handful of Beavercreek locals seem awfully eager to tell us just how non-racist they are, what with their "many black friends" -- and even black co-workers. (Co-workers! Well, if that isn't just the absolute height of tolerance. Is it too much to hope they're not talking about the cafeteria help?)

Still, we have to admit that all that nonsense seemed almost downright liberal compared to what's going on in Columbia, South Carolina.

There, a fledgling economic boom in Columbia's downtown has inspired the local pols to clean things up a bit -- by getting rid of the homeless people. Not, of course, by helping them find ways to get on their feet during the economic boom. But by getting them out of town. To the city's winter shelter, on Columbia's outskirts, which is being transformed from a nighttime-only cold-weather facility to a 24/7, year-round paradise!

But, before anyone tries to call this some form of "compassionate conservatism," know this: The shelter has 240 beds. The city has over 1,500 homeless.

So what about the rest of those homeless -- who, according to the new measure, face jail time if they won't go to the shelter? We know for a fact that many politicians are highly creative when it comes to math. So we were eagerly anticipating learning how the ones in South Carolina would account for the discrepancy!

Turns out, they haven't. Which leads us to assume that turnover at the facility will be high -- and plenty of homeless people will end up back on the streets of downtown Columbia. And the measure will have changed absolutely nothing.

Except for this: Once you check in to the new shelter, you won't be allowed to leave.

Seriously. Or, at least you can't leave without a police escort. That escort is meant to ensure that, wherever you go, you don't end up back in downtown Columbia. And even if you choose jail, when you get out "you’re going to the shelter," says Councilman Cameron Runyan, the plan's primary author, "unless you have provisions to have someone get you."

We gotta admit: even with all we know about how they like to do things in Red States, the boldness of this measure leaves us pretty stunned. Too many homeless in your burgeoning downtown? Just send 'em packing! In the outskirts of Columbia, SC, no one can hear you scream.

We shudder thinking what's going to happen when conservatives on a national scale start paying attention to this. These are just the kinds of solutions Republicans can get behind. Which gets us wondering: Just how would those South Carolina pols tackle national problems? What genius solutions would they come up with? What do YOU think?


How would South Carolina politicians solve our national problems?

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  •  some time ago, pols noticed the homeless (2+ / 0-)
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    ZenTrainer, maxfolger

    needed to eat so they outlawed feeding the homeless in numerous cities in an attempt to force the homeless to move on.  So you can feed the squirrels and pigeons in the park but not the humans.

    To be fair to municipal pols, after a decade of GOP cuts on the federal level and state level in some states, there are few resources available to the cities to raise money other than raising property taxes.  Raising these taxes can lead to further flight so really state and federal lawmakers have made the problem purely local (after creating the problem it could be argued)  

  •  What do they do with the homeless in the north, (0+ / 0-)

    east and west? How does it differ from the south?

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

    by ZenTrainer on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:57:27 PM PDT

  •  It's even worse than described. (4+ / 0-)
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    devis1, nchristine, maxfolger, dennis1958

    Persons arrested for being homeless will be forced to decide between jail, leaving town, or staying at the prison-like "shelter" on the outskirts of town. To pay for their confinement, they will be forced to sign over any public assistance they may be receiving - social security, disability, food stamps, etc. - & will be "put to work" on various projects run by the facility, in the guise of rehabilitation or teaching work skills. If they refuse the work or try to leave the facility, they will be arrested. Thus effectively they will be subjected to indentured servitude.

    It isn't just the homeless whose rights are violated. Columbia police already make heavy use of "stop & frisk". Even now, just walking outside after dark is likely to get a person stopped; any "backtalk" will get a person taken straight to jail. This new policy will give police a license to harass people based solely on appearance.

    Councilman Cameron Runyan, who pushed this plan through, defends it as a "tough love" approach to homelessness. Leave it to politicians & the journalists who suck up to power to describe arresting a person who has nothing, & who has committed no crime, as an act of love. More accurately the policy could be described as "kick 'em while they're down & run 'em out of town".

    Elections to city council are officially non-partisan, but it's generally understood that the council has a 6-1 Democratic majority. In Columbia, S.C., this is what the Democrats bring. This is what passes for enlightenment. Now imagine what the other side is like.

  •  SC's Dachau? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Private health insurance: a protection racket without the protection.

    by rustypatina on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 08:01:57 AM PDT

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