A short video of the homeless shanty town that has overtaken the Venice Beach library

Great examples, thanks!
It’s unendingly crazy to me that USians will gladly pay $44k per year to keep some nonviolent “criminal” locked up but balk at giving a poor person a few bucks a month to buy food or clothes for their kids. Or keep a roof over their heads.


Similarly, many US states vastly prefer spending more money to execute people than it costs to house them for life in prison. People don’t talk about how expensive capital punishment actually is.

Even morality aside, the US regularly chooses maximum punishment at any cost above all other options.


And the poor people who do get a few bucks a month in the form of welfare often need to submit themselves to drug testing, which is purely about stigmatizing people and costs the government more money than it saves.


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