Jun 11, 201511:18 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Pardon me, drunk vagrant, may I use that park bench?
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Q. How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Only one, but the light bulb has to want to change.
Remember the classic wooden benches in the lobby of the City-County Building? A grace note for the tired-of-foot taxpayer?
Gone down the memory hole. Victim of Madison’s dominant political culture, its subservience to the Cult of Victimhood. Madison’s dominant political culture cannot bring itself to evict the vagrants befouling the seat of local government, so it takes dishonest little half-measures, like removing the benches. So it goes at the juncture of State Street and Mifflin Street. The small tree-shaded urban oasis has been taken over by chronic drunks and layabouts.
Susan Schmitz of Downtown Madison can tell you how nearby merchants are suffering. Because customers shun the area. In one of its fabled partial solutions, the city is moving the nearby bus stop. More inconvenience for the law-abiding.
It’s Gresham’s Law of social interaction: bad behavior by a few drives out the good manners of the many.
That’s not how my liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances see it. A cabal of four county supervisors and city aldermen have spurned the mayor’s pleadings to evict the vagrants from the CCB. The mayor has even resorted to taking photographs of the discarded beer cans on the grounds. (Video here.)
Instead, the Common Council wants to enshrine vagrancy (aka “homelessness”) as a protected class under law. What does that even mean? You can’t refuse to rent to a homeless person? You can’t turn them down for a job? As if they would apply for either.
God bless Paul Soglin for his veto. It comes up for an override on Tuesday, June 16.
The Madison liberal’s capacity for self-deception is infinite. The “homeless” are victims of our capitalist system. Blame the Koch brothers, somehow. Police are their lackeys, forces of oppression. “Public order” is right-wing dog whistle for keeping the common man down.
The lib-prog-soc answer is more free stuff. Sure enough, “activist” Miles Kristan (aka “Pink Dress Guy,” the one who threw beer on the Speaker of the Assembly) is among those promoting Madison Free Store at Philosopher’s Grove, which seems to give away used T-shirts. “A great way to talk with our fellow citizens, to listen to their trauma and their triumphs.”
While helping no one.