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Denver Voters Send Pols Reality Check on Homelessness

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An unidentified man sleeps behind a grease trap behind a sushi restaurant in south Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)

By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:16 AM Current | Bio | Archive

John Fund, writing for National Review sums up the homeless problem very well, "The more that progressive policies have failed to address the homelessness problem in urban areas, the more that progressives are doubling down on bad solutions."

That’s what makes a recent homeless referendum in Denver, Colorado so interesting.

This is a city that grudgingly gave President Trump 19 percent of the vote in 2016.

The mayor and city council are proud, self-proclaimed "progressives."

MAGA-hat wearing isn’t illegal, but it's unwise.

The compassion complex decided this would be a particularly favorable time to have voters consider "Issue 300."

The same type of people who've eagerly supported safe spaces for drug users to shoot up, discouraged enforcement of qualityof life ordinance to discourage loitering and higher taxes to build housing and offer more services to the homeless population.

Issue 300’s bright idea was to "legalize 'camping' in parks and in vehicles on city streets, including in front of homes and local businesses."

That way vagrants wouldn’t be disturbed by police who like nothing better than a few hours of wrestling with stinking, infected, raving, combative drug users, and criminals making up much of the "camping" population.

In a progressive city like Denver passage was a sure thing.

Until it wasn’t. Denver voters who deal with the reality of homeless encampments and inhabitants on a daily basis annihilated Issue 300. It lost 83 percent to 17 percent. To put this in perspective, in 2016 Donald Trump got more votes (19 percent) than Issue 300 did.

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Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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