In San Francisco, the homeless aren’t just boarding in hotels for free — they’re getting free booze to boot.
That was the message from the city’s public health department in recent days after a social media user who describes himself as a “formerly homeless addict” posted a Twitter comment criticizing the practice.
“I just found out that homeless placed in hotels in SF are being delivered Alcohol, Weed and Methadone because they identified as an addict/alcoholic for FREE,” the user “T Wolf” wrote on Friday. “You’re supposed to be offering treatment. This is enabling and is wrong on many levels.”
Clearly, T Wolf isn’t as enlightened as the sages of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
In a Twitter response on Tuesday, as The Daily Caller reported, the city’s health department essentially admitted the truth of the statement, then patronizingly explained that giving free booze and drugs to the homeless who are already being given a roof over their heads are accepted “harm reduction based practices.”
It added, mysteriously enough, that the materials “are not paid for with taxpayer money.”
Liberals love the fungibility of money — it gives them a way to argue ideas like giving free booze to alcoholics are fine as long as they’re not paid for directly with taxpayers dollars.
What public functionaries usually fail to mention, however, is that everything they do is at heart made possible by taxpayer dollars.
In this case, it doesn’t particularly matter where the exact dollars for a particular amount of alcohol came from — whether the booze is being delivered by a staffer for a nonprofit that receives city funding, for instance, or from a foundation that’s supported by liberal donors who write their gifts off on their taxes.
It’s all part of a city program that is, by definition, paid for with tax dollars.