Last year, the City of San Francisco paid least $150,000 to cite, transport, and treat (unsuccessfully) a single drunken idiot. Kenny Walters, who is homeless, is symbolic of everything wrong with health and government spending. With no penalty or need to be personally responsible, Walters is unremorseful:
"I do get caught for drinking out here every day," he said affably. "I wish I had another beer right now."
How does a homeless, jobless drunk find the money to party like a rock star? Well, more taxpayer money, of course!
He said he gets $953 a month in Supplemental Security Income for disabled and aged citizens and pays $650 a month for a hotel room in the Tenderloin under the city's Care Not Cash program.
With free meals available from local charities, that leaves $300 a month for booze. Walters says he doesn't do hard drugs, just pot. He just drinks, usually "40 ouncers," big, cheap bottles of beer.
Remember the continuous assertion by right-minded folks about waste and abuse in government and the counter arguments by the left that this waste and abuse is mythical? Well here's your proof.
In a society, you get what you subsidize. In this case, taxpayers are subsidizing laze and drunkenness. This man receives money with no strings attached and creates ambulance and hospitals bills that taxpayers must foot. Should we be surprised that he acts this way? Big government facilitates the abuse.
Read Walter's story on SFgate here: