A while ago, I noted that ending poverty isn’t that hard to do, but we get hung up on pseudo-moral issues that prevent us from doing so. Over at Digby’s joint, thereisnospoon makes a similar point about homelessness and housing (boldface mine):
Add to this abject stupidity the fact that there are over five times as many empty homes in America as there are homeless people.
Misguided conservative notions of moral hazard and cosmic justice are some of the greatest sources of harm in our politics. We could solve most of our problems. It’s just that there are a lot of nasty, selfish people who don’t want to see them solved.
There are hard problems, but too many of our problems are politically intractable, not technically difficult.