Opinion: America’s Cities Are Unlivable And Wealthy Liberals Are To Blame

Opinion: America’s Cities Are Unlivable And Wealthy Liberals Are To Blame

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Many Americans are finding it really hard to get through finally day by day and that’s because America’s cities are becoming unlivable. New York Times opinion columnist Farhad Manjoo says he knows why. According to Manjoo, wealthy liberals are to blame.

Take California, wrote Manjoo in a recent column. “When the cost of living is taken into account, billionaire-brimming California ranks as the most poverty-stricken state, with a fifth of the population struggling to get by. Since 2010, migration out of California has surged,” offered Manjoo.

In that state, Manjoo pointed out, child care and education are nearly “impossible for all but the wealthiest. The problems of affordable housing and homelessness have surpassed all superlatives — what was a crisis is now an emergency that feels like a dystopian showcase of American inequality.”

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The proof is in the numbers. In San Francisco, one of every 11,600 residents is a billionaire. But despite this, “the streets there are a plague of garbage and needles and feces…Homeless veterans are surviving on an economy of trash from billionaires’ mansions,” wrote Manjoo.

This isn’t the case in just California. The scenario could take place in a number of cities across the country. And most of those running for president haven’t come up with a solution. What is particularly glaring, Manjoo suggested, is that liberals haven’t addressed this problem.

“That’s why, aside from Elizabeth Warren — who has a plan for housing, as she has a plan for everything — Democrats on the 2020 presidential trail rarely mention their ideas for housing affordability, an issue eating American cities alive. I watched Joe Biden’s campaign kick off the other day; the only house he mentioned was the White House,” wrote Manjoo.