Apr 27, 201503:23 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Three cheers for Paul Soglin –– ‘Enough is enough’ is right!
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Hizzoner finally came through with a big and bold declaration of war against the rot of his own liberal-progressive-socialist past.
Madison’s on-and-off mayor these last 42 years finally acknowledged that, “The combination of City and County policies that encourage drifters to come to Madison, and the concerted efforts of others to send them here, has reached an intolerable level.”
It reached the intolerable level long ago but why quibble now? Welcome aboard, brother Soglin. The Big Gummint philosophy of “Come and Get Your Free Stuff” has finally reached terminal velocity. The city is literally being befouled by vagrants’ hypodermic drug needles and fecal matter. And it starts at city hall.
Says the mayor, “We are losing control of our city because of the overly indulgent behaviors tolerated at the City-County Building. Because of those behaviors, the situation is spreading to a wider area. While I have little influence on those who manage and control the City-County Building, I will not abdicate my responsibility and will use the resources available to the city of Madison to bring safety and sanity back to our downtown. I encourage all Madisonians who agree with me to contact their City and County representatives on the Council and County Board and indicate their support.”
When the mayor speaks of “indulgent behaviors tolerated at the City-County Building,” he refers to the stink and mess of the so-called homeless camping out on its doorstep. But take that a few steps inside and up the stairway to where the Common Council and Dane County Board meet. Because the dystopic principles of former Ald. Brenda Konkel and the city’s Progressive Voice (Brenda’s biggest backer) still rule.
Mayor Soglin will close down “all illegal outdoor living and encampments,” crack down on drug use, and ask for a one-hour time limit on street benches –– “they are to be shared and used by everyone.” What do you want to bet the Common Council roll call on that last item will be?
“In the coming weeks I am going to use all of the administrative solutions available to me to force the dangerous behavior to stop,” Soglin said. “I know that in defense of the homeless, some will consider these measures draconian, but enough is enough. The combination of City and County policies that encourage drifters to come to Madison, and the concerted efforts of others to send them here has reached an intolerable level.”
If it seems that Soglin is merely concentrating the mess to the City-County Building (by funneling all “free food” giveaways there) it is because Dane County –– not the City –– controls the building, mediated by the City-County Liaison Committee, which has been voting against Soglin. This is as much on Joe Parisi and Matt Veldran as anyone. As the mayor memo’d city leaders:
“While I have little influence on those who manage and control the City-County Building, I will not abdicate my responsibility, and will use the resources available to the city of Madison to bring safety and sanity back to our downtown. I encourage all Madisonians who agree with me to contact their City and County representatives on the Council and County Board and indicate their support.
“Again, my apologies, to my co-workers who also have offices at the City-County Building and to the public that uses the building. My efforts to bring some sense of safety have failed. Nevertheless, while the situation deteriorates there, I am not going to stop trying to preserve the health and safety for all of us in Madison.”
Actually, I think the mayor could justify using his city police and health powers, even at the CCB. Send in the garbage trucks!