Gavin Newsom homelessness disgrace

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Cruz Mocks Calif. Gov Who Said Doctors Should Be Able to Sign ‘Prescriptions’ to House the Homeless

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz mocked Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom for a “leftist mind” on Monday for suggesting doctors should be allowed to write “prescriptions” for housing like they do for medication.

“Write a slip of paper and a house will magically appear,” Cruz tweeted. “Never mind that the person doesn’t have a job, the contractor can’t get a CA permit to build the house, rent control has caused a housing shortage and homeless people are crapping on the doorstep.”

He completed the tweet with a clown face emoticon.

Newsom made his suggestion three days earlier on Friday on his Twitter account in a thread of four tweets. He followed his original post by explaining that society needs to begin targeting “social determinants of health.” And what, he asked, was “more fundamental to a person’s well being than a roof over their head?”

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While Newsom’s original series of tweets has garnered more than 8,700 “likes” and 1,300 “retweets” in the four days since its posting, Cruz’s response had generated more than 9,400 likes and 3,100 retweets in one day.

Some on Twitter agreed with Newsom, suggesting that “basic human rights” included “medical, education, housing and food.”

Many more people mocked Newsom, questioning whether his account was a parody, wondering if Newsom was permitted to park in handicap spots.

One commenter said they were from CVS calling to verify a prescription for a “three-bedroom, two-bath ranch.”

Cruz, a second-term Republican who replaced Kay Bailey Hutchinson in 2014, also ridiculed Newsom for the third tweet in Newsom’s four-tweet series, in which he claimed that 10 million Californians suffered from a behavioral health condition and suggested American health care was not designed to treat mental health like physical health.

“Maybe stop giving them needles that they leave en masse in public parks?” Cruz tweeted. “And refusing to prosecute them when they engage in theft or vandalism? How ‘bout drug treatment programs instead?”

As California’s homelessness crisis continues to spiral, Newsom has introduced a $221 billion state budget with $1 billion set aside to address the issue, including $750 million for a new “California Access to Housing and Services Fund.”

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Newsom devoted most of his annual State of the State address to the legislature on the homeless crisis.

“Let’s call it what it is, a disgrace, that the richest state in the richest nation … is failing to properly house, heal and humanely treat so many of its own people,” Newsom said.

California‘s homeless population soared 16 percent last year to around 151,000 with a statewide scarcity of affordable housing one of the root causes despite government spending.

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