Posted by: syncro
Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus
As an aside and a particularly local one at that, next time your downtown on Granville and Hastings, look at the homeless demographic. Predominantly white and aboriginal males. I realize you said poverty.
Whats your thoughts on social justice or how much socialism is required to provide justice (and or "equality")?
The people living in poverty includes more than just the homeless.
The short version of my answer to your question is it will take one generation - 25 years or so and is solved via integrating the social welfare system and the education system. To make it work though the public has to buy in en masse and be willing to support higher taxes to provide the resources needs to break the cycle of poverty. Unless we take the steps to stop the cycle of poverty where it begins, with children, we are never going to solve it after the fact by trying to rehabilitate people after they have already grown up in the cycle of poverty. The cool thing is that eventually social welfare costs will plummet and far less people will need some form of social assistance.
Or for the super short TL/DR version, maintenance is way cheaper than repairs.
There is no short answer to this question and I was trying to differentiate between homeless and poverty. Technically, someone working in Hospitality making minimum wage will be below the poverty line and will have their annual MSP fee waived but they're probably pretty far from homeless at the same time. Whereas, obviously homeless people dont have jobs, or much else. And yes I do equate homeless with drug addiction.
I think the fact you say even higher taxes is required is a joke since nationally we're at what, 28-34%? How much more can honest people be taxed who want to help vs the people who are coming here for 6 months a year, game the system and then jetset elsewhere. For the record, I dont believe in socialized housing in one of the most ridiculous housing markets. Especially for the homeless. If anyones going to provide for the destitute, addicted and homeless, they need more than free or subsidized housing.
(One of the) First thing we need to do is reimpose restrictions on foreign ownership of land. In both China and the Phillipine's, non citizens cant own land. And yes, I'm a racist for stating this obvious fact. Go back to 1997 when those laws were relaxed and the average home price in Vancouver proper was $3-400,000. That was a detached home on more than 1/16th of acre. I realize this is impossible without basically sinking the Canadian economy, or at least the local BC economy but I say fuck it, start it up, again.
Or perhaps the green cash crop will provide and answer for all of Canaduh's needs.. lol/sigh