I recently shared a meme comparing photos of two cities, Detroit and Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945 and today, to show that liberal Democrat governance is more destructive to a city over the long haul than an atomic bomb attack. When a city’s voters keep electing a leftwing government year after year, you can reasonably expect that the quality of life will start to plummet. I’m always baffled as to why voters don’t realize that. I guess all those years of Democrats demonizing Republicans as racist monsters has convinced these cities' voters not to even try anything different, just keep slowly sinking into the quicksand.
But if you are cursed with incompetent liberal leaders, the least you could hope for is that they wouldn’t be actively working to make the city worse. By that measure, residents of Austin really drew the short (non-plastic) straw. The city was already so liberal, Texans refer to it as “the people’s republic of Austin.” Then, over the holidays, city leaders voted to allow homeless people to set up tents and camp and sleep anywhere, even on sidewalks (one exception: not at city hall, where the politicians have to work. But anywhere else that will make life difficult, dangerous and unsanitary for people who don’t work at city hall.)
The deliberate move to turn a once-beautiful city into a garbage-strewn homeless camp so angered the Republican state government that has to share the capital city that Gov. Greg Abbott threatened to override it. But that may take waiting for the next legislative session. And (surprise!) homeless people are already pouring in and pitching tents all over.
And where is Mayor Steve Adler? I hesitate to say, for fear it will drive any remaining sane Austin residents around the bend. But Adler is out on the West Coast, visiting the leaders of Seattle and Los Angeles, to find out how they deal with issues like mass transit and homelessness. In the most chilling tweet in history, Adler wrote that he’s “in L.A., learning.”
He didn’t need to go all the way to the West Coast for that. He could have learned from reading the news out of L.A. that residents are fleeing to escape the garbage, feces, discarded drug needles, fleas and typhus that are epidemic because of policies exactly like the one he just instituted in Austin. Ironically, a lot of them are moving to Texas.
As Bryan Preston points out at the link, instead of going to left coast, leftist cities that are dying, Adler could have saved a lot of traveling and learned how to run a city well by going to a city in Texas (other than his.)
Maybe this is just Adler’s way of insuring that the crowds fleeing failed leftist policies in California don’t move to Austin, because the way he’s running it, what would be the difference?