I would love to buy houses through tax liens and tax lien auctions; refurbish as needed and either sell them or turn them into low income houses for recovering drug addicts, the abused and homeless. Each instance would be a short term arrangement while the person or families are taking steps to improve their lives through rehabilitation, attending college or other activity(ies) to improve their ability to positively contribute to society. There would be a further stipulation that if while in the home they commit any crimes or use drugs they are immediately ejected from the home and program to allow space and funds for other people who will remain within the law and actively improve themselves. This stems from a long belief that we as Americans need to work together as a country to care for ourselves and our home. The United States is thought of as one of the richest in the world but according to a 2002 The U.S. has the highest crime rate in the world, 4 times higher than the #2 country, highest incarceration rate and highest prescription drug abuse in the world. Secondly, because my shelter system would not fix the problem, I would lobby for stiffer penalties against crime. People who commit violent crime, deal drugs, steal etc. need to get canined and if the crimes continue the death penalty. The soft on crime stance is a huge contributing factor on why we have the crime rate and high incarceration rates. Compare this with Singapore the streets are clean it is among the lowest crime and drug abuse rates in the world where caining is allowed.
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