Ed Driscoll

"HAND-OUT CITY" is the title

“HAND-OUT CITY” is the title of this Debra Saunders essay that sums up, as she puts it, “the slow but steady spread of blight across this otherwise stunningly beautiful city”, San Francisco. Saunders quotes Gavin Newsom, a city supervisor who sponsored Care Not Cash, a homeless reform measure:

Newsom remembers a local panhandler who recently died from a drug overdose. “The person who gave Joe that last dollar probably drove away feeling good about themselves.”

Naturally of course, as she notes, “city politicians contrived to undermine the voters’ will by throwing up bureaucratic roadblocks.”