Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Rudy the anti-homeless Allowed Cloud

Scandal-tainted Republican presidential hopeless Rudolph Giuliani has some advice for other cities on what to do about homelessness. Fortunately, most cities don't give a damn what the totalitarian oaf thinks.

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, the right-wing former New York City mayor urged cities not to let the homeless think that they "have the right to live on the street." He said, "We would tell them, you can't live on the street. You're not allowed to. ... The one thing we're not going to allow is just to live on the street."

Ooh, an Allowed Cloud!

Uh, Rudy? Whose street is it? Here the term 'street' clearly refers to not a roadway but public space in general. Public spaces belong to the homeless as much as they do to anyone else. Giuliani did nothing about homelessness until a court ordered him to provide beds for all the homeless people the city was arresting just for being homeless. Even then, that's not really much of a policy. When your city has serious problems to confront, you need solutions, not Band-Aids.

Instead of squandering the taxpayers' money on visits with his girlfriend on Long Island, Giuliani could have invested more on public policies that actually work. Much of the taxpayer money Giuliani looted to pay for his personal trips was taken from agencies that provide services for the disabled. Many of the disabled probably ended up homeless because the agency that was supposed to help them got plundered so badly by Giuliani.

(Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/12/11/MNBQTRIQQ.DTL)

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