A fawning “report” in the Aspen Daily News breathlessly announced more federal COVID funds for Glitter Gulch, otherwise known as Aspen, Colorado. To be exact, $538,073.
You know the place. It’s where the house pictured above just sold for $72 million, and houses routinely go for $3-5,000/sq ft. Where insiders such as newspaper reporters and city council members get slope-side multimillion dollar homes for dimes on the dollars under the taxpayer-subsidized housing program.
The fed money this time is for Aspen’s vagrants. Er, I mean “homeless.” Er, I mean “persons experiencing homelessness.” Whom, we’re told, are camping on the sidewalks and pooping in the gutters because they’re afflicted with something called “shelter-resistance.”
Pity the left’s Sisyphean task in the dictionary of euphemisms. Once they find and roll up the hill a suitable euphemism for “vagrant,” such as “homeless,” the euphemism rolls back down the hill because it becomes associated with people who behave like vagrants.
Then they have to find and roll up the euphemism hill another heavy, awkward boulder, such as “persons experiencing homelessness.” But alas, that one rolls back down for the same reason – it becomes associated with persons who behave like vagrants.
If the left started calling vagrants “saints,” their media allies would of course go along with them, and also demand that everyone else go along with them, but the word “saints,” too, would soon be abandoned because it would become associated with people who behave like vagrants.
Remember when the word “equity” was not associated with anti-white discrimination and urban riots?
Back to Aspen’s vagrants. Aspen already has a “homeless shelter” for people who say they can’t afford a roof over their heads but nonetheless choose to live in one of the most expensive places in the world. I’ve talked with the guy who runs it, and he’s honest and pretty competent. He told the newspaper reporter that he averages “five to six regulars per day.” He told the reporter there’s been no recent uptick in the usage. (So why’s this part of COVID relief?)
Do the math. Divide the fed money of $538,072 (this is just the new fed money and doesn’t include previous federal, state and local money) by six users of the service. That comes out to about $90,000/user. (In fairness, however, I should note that they say part of this money will go to “data entry and administrative costs.” Huh.)
Here’s a suggestion. Let’s give each user $10,000 to just go away. We can even throw in bus fare to San Francisco where they strive mightily to attract vagrants/homeless persons/persons experiencing homelessness who are afflicted with shelter resistance. In fact, if we play our cards right, I’m guessing that San Fran would put up half the $10,000.
With the savings, we could build more $72,000,000 mansions where rich people could loll about while patting themselves on the back for their generosity in squeezing a half mil out of taxpayers in Toledo to support their personal Aspen feel-goodery.