Learning in L.A.

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July 15, 2019

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?

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  • Linda Pratt

    07/17/2019 07:06 PM

    It's hard to believe that the people of California want these liberal policies that are destroying their cities. Blindness to these destructive policies at the beginning, yes, but continuing to vote leaders in who are allowing filth in your cities and care more about getting votes from people on the outside to maintain power than keep its residents safe: I don't buy it. During the mid-terms, we discovered that California has some interesting laws when it comes to collecting votes. Those in power have shrouded themselves in darkness to keep people from finding out what's going on. We WILL eventually see the unraveling of schemes and plans there. Get your popcorn out! It's going to be be good

  • Barry Ligus

    07/17/2019 03:28 PM

    Austin, Dallas, Houston, and other Democrat lead cities just can't wait to be in the running with Baltimore, Detroit, L.A., et all as centers of crime, urban decay, and corruption.
    The more they recruit left coast companies to relocate, the more left leaning voters relocate here.
    I am glad that I will not be around when my grandchildren inherit this mess, and pray that somehow people in Texas wake up soon

  • Susan Herrera

    07/17/2019 09:09 AM

    Seattle's mayor is using the exact same template to destroy the once-beautiful Emerald City. Business owners are fleeing the city like rats from a sinking ship and many Washingtonians are shunning the city. It soon will be a post-apocalyptic picture of Hiroshima, just like Detroit and San Francisco. Sadly, Governor Inslee is in lock-step with the mayor. Beware America - Inslee has put his hat in the ring, running for POTUS and the only thing he has accomplished in Washington is to raise taxes to save whales. Note: even the "resident" whales have left our shores dropping the bottom out of the biggest tourism draw we had. If Adler is "learning" anything in Seattle, it's not going to benefit Austin.

  • Leo Mora

    07/17/2019 08:13 AM

    On homeless droves now populating in Austin, Texas: Most politicians are not stupid, just hopelessly fixated over power, control, greed, personal gain, et al., and commonly infected with "libido dominandi," a politician's drug of choice. (Ironically, liberals have an uncanny way of creating for themselves exceptions to policies over and against what they insist are so-called compassionate courses of action the America people must embrace. And if you resist such enlightened perspectives, then you are summarily dismissed as an uncompassionate "racist.") But beyond the obvious imposition of nonsensical policy directives, tent encampments continue to increasingly litter Austin's inner city landscape - and to what end? Question for my fellow citizens of this great country: What other "reasons" do left-wing politicians use to justify ridiculous policy actions that make it entirely acceptable to dishonor the American homeless in ways now popping up in and around the "Lone Star" state capitol? Any palatable explanations that make some semblance of sense to the unwary among us?

  • parackal oommen thomas

    07/17/2019 06:27 AM

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    please send a copy to PRESIDENT TRUMP.

  • Lloyd McKain

    07/17/2019 12:52 AM

    I decided to leave another comment, Governor. Because of the way the President won the 2016 election, the only way that the democrats could have won those seats in the House of Representatives is by cheating the people of those states that voted. Surely they stole that election. There just could be no way that they could have won those seats legally. The democrats are the most dishonorable people in our nation. They don't even think it is wrong to do the things that they do and say.

  • Lloyd McKain

    07/17/2019 12:32 AM

    What don't they get? It is so obvious that their way is the wrong way. Truly, are they demented?

  • Carl Smith

    07/16/2019 11:08 PM

    My Beloved Native State is falling prey to the influx of Progressives from failed States and bringing the politics that caused the failure with them. I left after 62 years because I had lived in Houston Heights and surrounding areas all my life( minus 8 years in the Navy Submarine Service) and watched Houston slid to progressivism and I commented at the Time it seemed that the Largest City was chasing the Capitol for the title of Stupidest City in America. I know it's unpopular to call the left what they are because they might be offended but no one ever considered if I was Insulted by the Ignorance of the Left? For the Record: I was and am still OFFENDED and refuse to give up my FREEDOM of SPEECH. don't like my language ? That's what the DELETE key is for.

  • Carol Bell

    07/16/2019 10:23 PM

    My daughter graduated from UT in the early 2000. I would not want my children to go to school there now. It was liberal then but the way it is now is worse. Hate to see it turn into LA.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    07/16/2019 08:28 PM

    Homelessness in CA is held to be due to the lack of "affordable housing". What would happen to that "shortage" if all the illegals were kicked out of the US? No one will address that.

  • Marilyn Broggie

    07/16/2019 07:15 PM

    So sad to hear about Austin. I live near Seattle, moved to an island near there by choice. Never realizing how liberal this state (well the West side) is. Driving in Seattle recently was horrifying and an eye-opener. We now have Garbage City, not Emerald City. On the island where I live, my neighbors are mostly liberal, and are in a blissful state listening to our media, avoiding any hope of ever seeing what a mess our state is in. Our governor is a HUGE mistake, but these leftists keep voting democrats in. I am just happy that I have a Father in Heaven and that He will be coming soon. I love your program and emails, thank you Mr. Huckabee for all your information. And I hope that Sarah will run for office, she is just what we need!!

  • Don Pfennig

    07/16/2019 07:10 PM

    During the upcoming presidential campaign I want trump to highlight his rallies with pictures of how the Democrat-led cities are "deplorable." Pictures would certainly push leaning voters to vote Republican.

  • Joanna Barocio

    07/16/2019 06:18 PM

    Hello Mr. Huckabee,
    I live in California and just a thought -Maybe the vote here on the west coast is bought and paid for - I must say the outcome never goes the way I vote - yes I understand I am only one vote but I do believe there are a lot more republicans here then one might imagine...

  • Robin McConnell

    07/16/2019 05:41 PM

    Dear Governor - So true ! We live in SoCal - formerly LA and now San Diego. We attended a May wedding in Austin, and in spite of what we're used to in CA, it was appalling ! The entire city is overrun by aggressive homeless, and traffic is snarled due to endless highway construction. The two issues combined create a very dangerous atmosphere from every angle. I have to say Austin is about the worst city I've seen in the USA, and I would never go back.

  • Carol MacMillan Godsey

    07/16/2019 05:40 PM

    This is sickening! I've been to Austin twice and found it to be a lovely city, cultural and gracious. What a shame for the people who have built their lives and businesses there. It will be like Portland, OR where you don't dare sit on the seats in a public bus because some homeless person urinated there. I found out the hard way. Wake up America before the idiot activists turn it into a Third World Country!

  • joe Wilkerson

    07/16/2019 04:58 PM

    Lord help us to get rid of Libs who are destroying our country. I am surprised that Gov. Abbott puts up with this. It is a black spot on the state of Texas. What is it about the left that the elite want to look like kings and to heck with the rest of us? Like me, they will one day have to give account of their lives here. That being said, it strikes me as odd that the "Left Behind" series never made it to the screen. I mean the whole series. Satan might have thought it would change a lot of peoples minds and save them.

  • Yvonne Shelton Crumpler

    07/16/2019 04:24 PM

    Have the liberal people lost their freaking minds. Just saying ... that it is stupid to tell people to live in tents, poop in the street (or, anywhere they please) and then to welcome all these people from all over the globe and give them places to live, medical care, etc. while native born people of American are ignored.

  • Janice Kujawa

    07/16/2019 04:01 PM

    Austin is hotter and more humid than LA. Can only imagine the stench during the hot Texas summers. Never thought I would see the day that red Texas would even think of implementing a radical leftist idea like this. God save the rest of Texas, please.

  • Michael Hutch

    07/16/2019 03:49 PM

    Perhaps Democrats should change their cartoon character to an Ostrich, stick your head in the sand & the problem(s) may go away

  • Jannette F. Dillingham

    07/16/2019 02:25 PM

    Reminds me of the blackout in New York City recently. What if the blackout was caused by negligence in maintenance, like what happened in Paradise, California. The stupidity goes on and on.

  • john C hashagen

    07/16/2019 02:25 PM

    How can any sane person vote for a democrat.

  • Emma C Williams

    07/16/2019 02:08 PM

    As a born and raised Texan this story is heartbreaking. Gov Abbott needs to call a special session for the Texas Congress and override this stupidity.

  • Granny Anne

    07/16/2019 02:04 PM

    I believe the reason the damn Dems want Mueller to testify is because when he cannot answer illegal questions they will claim Trump has paid him or threatened him. The FAKE NEWS will then put it all over the news and the ignorant, slothful or criminals will believe it and create more trouble.

  • Bobby Allred

    07/16/2019 02:00 PM

    Dear Mike,

    If you walk around the streets of downtown Hiroshima or Nagasaki today, you won’t have to worry about stepping in a pile of dung, or see drunks and drugs addicts lying on the side of the street, unlike most liberal cities in the U.S.
    But then again, liberals are so enlightened and are a law unto themselves.