Homelessness in Oregon is caused by lack of affordable housing, decline of forest industry, reduction in mental hospital capacity, drug and alcohol addiction.
Overzealous land-use regulation and money printing by the Federal Reserve has driven up housing costs. Progressives are often blind to consequences of government programs. California, Oregon and Washington have intentionally reduced the supply of housing and caused a lack of affordable housing. Houston and Laredo, Texas have little zoning regulation and as a result, have affordable housing.
Douglas County recently considered opening up 35,000 acres of rural land zoned forest and grazing to 20-acre home plots. Deschutes and Jefferson counties submitted letters of support. Douglas county withdrew its plan because the change was opposed by Oregon’s LCD Department, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the 1,000 Friends of Oregon anti-growth super PAC.
Housing supply has simply not kept up with demand. Most policymakers and media reports overlook the elephant in the room. The supply dilemma can largely be attributed to onerous zoning regulations.
Another major cause of homelessness is poor forest management. Oregon has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Environmentalists have decimated Oregon’s number one business, the forestry industry.
Living-wage jobs have been lost, plus service related jobs dependent upon the forest industry have been lost. Divorce, alcoholism, and homelessness have increased. The state and county governments have not replaced lost forest revenues. The Endangered Species Act established the rights of animals as transcendent to the rights of mankind and is a post-Christian worship of nature.
Reducing fuels through logging and thinning would result in a decrease in forests fires, and provide jobs. Less restrictive zoning would reduce homelessness. Progressive regulations have consequences.
Built a republic
Dan Sherman, I would agree if you had ended that republic and democracy were both partly right. But are you saying our Founding Fathers and our current legislators, as well, are “wrong.”
Thomas Jefferson: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.”; “I am convinced that the republican is the only form of government which is not… at war with the rights of mankind…”: “If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this union or to change its republican form…”
Andrew Jackson: “Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority…”; “The Bible is the rock upon which this republic rests.”
John Adams: “…nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties… dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
Benjamin Franklin: When asked about the form of new government answered, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Theodore Roosevelt: “…requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.”
Chuck Schumer: “The checks and balances, which have been at the core of this republic, are about to be evaporated by the nuclear option.”
Trey Gowdy: “When People in positions of trust mislead us — either recklessly, negligently or intentionally — that impacts the republic.”
Fifty years of correspondence between Adams and Jefferson reveal they believed they built a republic where elected legislators make laws. Legislators also believe that. It could be said to be a democratic republic but just not a pure democracy (majority of voters prevail making laws).