Rising American homelessness is a problem that's endemic and is a symptom of a weakening economy and social safety net.
Even worse . . .
Suburban po-po dropping of the homeless in downtown KCMO is a not-so-proud tradition that dates back to at least the 1960s.
Here's a glimpse at the retro trend still in practice . . .
"In recent days, we’ve had suburban law enforcement agencies from Missouri and Kansas dropping off folks from their community to our overnight warming shelter at Bartle Hall. We welcome it because we care about people. But, hopefully this restarts a real regionalism conversation."
Our perspective on this not-so-fun fact . . .
SUBURBANITES DUMPING THEIR HOMELESS PROBLEM ON KCMO IS A SELFISH & STINGY TACTIC THAT OPERATES ON STEREOTYPES AND NOT WORSENING ECONOMIC REALITY!!!
Consider . . .
In much the same way that the suburbs are now center stage in the opioid epidemic, homelessness is also a crisis that the fading American middle-class should confront without leaning on urban population centers.
For years we've heard about the rising number of homeless in Johnson County . . . Clearly, the same is true of suburbs across the metro.
Moreover, suburbanites who reject responsibility for this crisis that's only growing worse are basically negating arguments against the controversial earnings tax which attempts to siphon some revenue from deadbeats on the edge of town.
You decide . . .