Oh Tom Steyer. so very full of himself, as Stacy McCain explains
Anyone who has read Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy understands the worldview of “progressive” billionaire Tom Steyer. There is no problem that cannot be solved, such people believe, if (a) we put “enlightened” people in charge, and (b) we give them unlimited power and taxpayer dollars to provide a “solution.” If you voice objections to these grandiose schemes — e.g., explaining that similar plans have failed in the past, or pointing out the fiscal problems involved — you will discover that it is impossible to dissuade the Anointed from their cherished Vision. Facts don’t matter, past precedents prove nothing, and even basic arithmetic must be ignored, because the status quo is “unacceptable,” the problem involved is a “crisis,” and only a coward or a fool could oppose a “solution.” The man who bought his way into the debate is all-in on the housing “crisis”:
Democrat presidential hopeful Tom Steyer claimed he would “force” American towns to accept new, affordable housing in certain areas while speaking at the Democrat presidential primary debate held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Tyler Perry Studios on Wednesday.
Steyer’s remarks came as he was asked about affordable housing, particularly in his home state of California, which includes Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“When you look at inequality in the United States of America, you have to start with housing,” Steyer claimed. “Where you put your head at night determines so many things about your life. It determines where your kids go to school, it determines the air you breathe, where you shop, how long it takes you to get to work.”
“What we’ve seen in California is as a result of policy,” Steyer continued. “We have millions too few housing units and that effects everybody in California. It starts with a homeless crisis that goes all through the state, but it also includes skyrocketing rents that effect every single working person in the state of California.”
Steyer then claimed he knows “exactly what needs to be done” to address the housing crisis, and discussed the impact on the climate regarding certain liveable locations.
“I understand exactly what needs to be done here, which is why we need to change policy and we need to apply the resources here to make sure that we build, literally. millions of units,” Steyer said. “Where people live has a dramatic impact on climate and sustainability.”
Steyer then claimed that his administration would “force” towns to accept new housing units that are affordable for its residents.
“So, we’re gonna have to direct dollars, we’re gonna have to change policy and make sure that the localities and municipalities who have worked very hard to ensure that there are no new housing units built in their towns that they change that and we’re gonna have to force it,” Steyer added. “Then we’re gonna have to direct federal dollars to make sure that those units are affordable.”
Good intentions, I think the Bible mentions where they often lead, and the history of Marxism has proven that true over and again
Just another reason that New York sucks
When Jean Harrow got a ticket in 2016 for unauthorized renovations to her Queens home, she thought it was a misunderstanding. Yes, she had put a powder room in her basement without realizing she needed a permit. But surely, she said, she wasn’t responsible for the washer and dryer a previous owner had installed downstairs — illegally, according to the $1,600 citation. She would simply explain that at her hearing.
As she waited to do just that, Ms. Harrow got a second ticket — for “failure to comply” with the first. In the 14 months after the original citation, she received five others for the same issue: $15,600 in additional fines. Each meant another hearing, and although she never missed a court date, the tickets kept coming.
See it is not so much the initial “violation” It is the complying, or trying to that adds up
Before filing a certification, homeowners must have the condition fixed, which often begins with paying for a permit. But before they can get the permit, they must pay additional civil penalties, incurred alongside the fines for construction issues. Until the civil penalties are paid, owners will receive one fine after another for failing to comply.
“You have to use your mortgage money to pay them; you have to use your light-bill money, your gas money,” said Ms. Harrow, 72, a retired bank clerk. “It’s like they want you to be homeless.”
Go read it all. Damned central planners
Why the heck not, they tax everything else. Expect the idiots running Cali into the ground to pursue taxing taxes soon
The bills include a ban on “Big Gulp”-style sodas, warning labels and a prohibition on displaying sugary drinks in the grocery checkout aisle. They reflect a long-standing legislative push to address concerns over the health effects of sugar on young people, as well as Democratic lawmakers’ lingering anger over the soda industry’s political maneuvering.
“We have an incredible public health crisis. Obesity and diabetes are at alarming rates, driven by the deception of Big Soda,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. “And certainly what happened last year didn’t help.”
Yes, I am sure MORE taxes, will fix it. i am sure those dollars will help. Help politicians to get richer
Bunkerville lets us in on the latest encroachment on freedom
Yes, the rumors are true. California lawmakers passed a state law that forces restaurants within the state to offer only select beverages on children’s menus. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1192 into law in late September and it easily passed in both the State and the Assembly. Support for the nanny state law flew under the guise of what’s healthiest for the children.
The default options for beverages on children’s menus have been forced to change to unflavored milk and water.
To the left every problem, even ones only the left sees, can be solved by laws, control, etc.
Not quite yet, but give them time
ABC 7 reports on this surprisingly unshocking news from the Golden State:
A proposed bill in the California Senate aims to combat childhood obesity in the state by restricting restaurants to serve children only water or unflavored milk to go along with their meals.
Backers of the bill say it is an attempt to tackle the rising levels of obesity among kids. The bill was introduced by state Sen. Bill Monning.
ABC 7 doesn’t mention the political party of Sen. Bill Monning, but I think we can all guess he’s probably not a Republican. I’ll save you a Google search, yes Monning is a democrat. Absolutely none of you did a spit-take or dropped a monocle at that piece of information.
This is no BS, here’s the actual text of the bill:
This bill would require a restaurant, as defined, that sells a children’s meal that includes a beverage, to make the default beverage water, sparkling water, or flavored water, as specified, or unflavored milk or a nondairy milk alternative, as specified.
Taking this to an even crazier level, the bill would make selling sodas and juice to children a misdemeanor punishable by a $1000 fine and up to 6 months in jail
The only thing progressive about progressives is that things get progressively worse under their rule. Via Moonbattery
Leftists are nihilists, as you can ascertain within a minute by asking one about intelligent design. They believe in nothing so adamantly that suggesting there is more to reality than some absurd random accident evokes artificially superior smirks if not bellows of rage. This provides a clue as to what progressives are ultimately progressing toward. Maybe they want to actualize the great nothing they worship by erasing everything in existence, one regulation at a time. Already they have moved beyond banning things that can actually cause harm to devote full-scale jihads to objects as innocuous as plastic bags and drinking straws. Brace yourself as enlightened liberals forbid cows, glitter, balloons, and automobiles.
Always eager to push the boundaries of kooky tyranny, California has it in for cows, on the insane grounds that they make it be too hot out:
California regulators are working to formulate a plan that would require dairy farmers to purchase and operate devices known as “methane digesters,” which convert the methane gas, produced from manure, into electricity.
California dairy farms will have to be retrofitted with these devices in order to be in compliance with SB 1383.
The devices cost millions and appear to be intended not so much to improve the weather as to drive dairy farmers out of business.
No farms, no farm animals. You don’t see many cows in the wild.
They should have checked first with sacred gays on this one; lefty totalitarians are going after glitter:
Most glitters are in essence teeny tiny bits of shiny plastic, called microplastics. They are a well-known environmental hazard for the world’s oceans, and they’re currently a hot topic in the United Kingdom. The UK next year will implement a ban on microbeads — a type of microplastic found in face washes, body scrubs and other products. (The US already has a partial ban on microbeads in place.)
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Doug Vickery, 36, was fishing for octopus at Two Rocks Marina [Thursday], when he said he was approached by police at the rock wall.
The officers breathalysed him and checked his license, before slapping him with a $200 fine under the Liquor Act for having an open beer.
They caught him thanks to CCTV from a nearby fishing club. Big Brother is always watching.
This happened in the Perth area, where recently a motorcyclist was fined $550 for loosening his helmet strap after being pulled over despite not speeding. Crocodile Dundee would not recognize the place, thanks to runaway statism.
Treating people like children, another way leftism erodes and eventually destroys everything it touches