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Generation Exile (Cristina Osmena): San Francisco visitors enter the Twilight Zone

Imagine if you will what modern people now call the multi-verse. A city at the tip of a peninsula surrounded by whipping cold ocean waters and two bridges and views close to paradise that was once riddled with the zombie-covered streets, a manifestation of woke politics that lost all common sense, is now clear, clean, safe. At least in some places. At least while the APEC VIPs are visiting.

Is it an alternate reality?

Did someone just turn a dial and change all the things that local politicians were claiming made it impossible to solve the homeless problem? Wasn’t there a law that prevented the government from incarcerating people living on the streets? Or maybe they were just lured into another part of the city, in which case the fix is only temporary.

Nevertheless, all this time they claimed the problem was hard to solve. Alas, what a pleasant surprise: the zombie apocalypse has at least been suspended for the moment.

When I heard that San Francisco was hosting APEC, I wondered how they were going to keep those visiting dignitaries safe, their car windows unviolated, or shield them from the offensive sight and smell of human fecal deposits. No doubt we will hear the stories out of the foreign press.

In cities far away, people ask me why the homeless problem is so bad in San Francisco.

Because the local government is corrupt, I explain. They have hundreds of millions of dollars, maybe a billion, locally raised, just to tackle this problem. But they use the money not to create shelter but to buy $20,000 garbage cans and pay $61,000 dollars a year to rent parking spots so that homeless can pitch their tents. Instead of building bathrooms, they create union jobs to clean the feces off the streets. It is a machine that allows politicians to overpay their friends and the government to create more jobs for people who will serve as loyal political support. The homeless problem is part of the structure of San Francisco’s corrupt political scene.

But this, this arrested zombie apocalypse in the middle of downtown, this suspension of crime, is an interesting development.

Will it continue? Or will the problem they were able to control for this short time come back and allow San Francisco politicians to continue their old ridiculous ways?

I hope this Twilight Zone is here to stay. I’d certainly like to see the old city back.