This morning, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough insisted that NYC has gone back into the bad old days, parroting the counterfactual narrative dished out by the tabloids in the dog days of summer.

"Have we noticed what’s happened to the city? The homeless are all over the city, increasingly seen all through Central Park, all over the Upper West Side," Scarborough said. "I don't live here most of the time anymore. This is what it looked like in the '80s, in the '70s, we’re moving back to that direction. If anyone thinks it’s more humane to sleep outside, exposed, in the elements, than it is to sleep in the shelters that we have all throughout the city, then they don’t understand... I've had a lot of friends say they'll move out if this continues."

Then Mike Barnicle and Willie Geist chimed in, claiming that they've seen a change, with more homeless people around in the past six to seven months. And when Geist brought up how Mayor de Blasio said the problem stems from the Bloomberg administration's cuts, Scarborough said, "That's just a lie! That's just a lie!"—failing to mention that he's buddies with Bloomberg. “This is misguided liberalism at its worst and I wonder how long New York City is going to put up with Bill de Blasio," Scarborough opined. "We can elect liberals who actually give a damn about quality of life here and aren’t busy trying to turn this city into a social experiment."

For sanity's sake, let's revisit, once again, Native New Yorker Jake Dobkin's July 13th column, "Ask A Native New Yorker: Has De Blasio Turned NYC Into A Peeing Homeless Terrordome?":

The main cause of the recent spike in vagrants in your neighborhood is not Bill de Blasio's homeless policy. It's the weather. New York's street homeless prefer to sleep outside during the summer, rather than in our subways or homeless shelters, which they find crowded, noisy, and dangerous. This is why San Francisco and Los Angeles have even more visible homeless problems than we do—our winters temporarily force many of our homeless people off the streets each year.

A second cause of the homeless crisis in your neighborhood is the New York real estate bubble, which has made shelter unaffordable to ever growing numbers of New Yorkers. At the same time, rapacious commercial landlords, sensing the opportunity for boom-time rents from national tenants like banks, are willing to keep their storefronts empty for longer periods—providing the local homeless population a more visible place to crash.

The real estate bubble and its attached homeless problem began during the Bloomberg Administration. When he came into office in 2002, we had about 25,000 people homeless. When he left in late 2013, these numbers had more than doubled to more than 53,000. Now obviously Bloomberg didn't cause the real estate bubble, but his homeless policies did exacerbate its effects: he favored for-profit short-term shelters over long-term permanent housing and eliminated priority use of federal funds for homeless families, for example.

The homeless numbers during the first 18 months of de Blasio administration have not improved. In fact, they've increased about 10%-mainly due to our city's ever-increasing rents—but laying total responsibility for your neighborhood's vagrancy problem at his feet is simply unfair. (If you count only unsheltered homeless on the street, the numbers have actually decreased 5% since de Blasio took office, according to the Department of Homeless Services.) De Blasio has reversed a number of Bloomberg's housing policies, increased funding for homeless and mental health services, and pushed for new affordable housing in the city. It's way too soon to know how any of that will turn out, but you can't say he's ignoring the problem.

City & State also has a good opinion piece

about the history of how NYC and New York State have worked together to battle the city's homelessness. A program for supportive housing, NY/NY, set up by Mayor Dinkins and Governor Mario Cuomo, was a success initially ("3,615 statewide units were created, which in turn reduced the financial burdens incurred by the city and state from soaring incarceration, hospitalization and other health care costs associated with buttressing the homeless population") and was later renewed by Mayor Giuliani and Governor Pataki and then by Mayor Bloomberg and Pataki. However, City & State reminds us, "in the wake of a crippling economic crisis, Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo discontinued the Advantage program in 2011, which provided rental subsidies for homeless families seeking to transition to supportive housing. The homeless population has since skyrocketed."

Shelly Nortz of Coalition for the Homeless tells City & State, "The bottom line is that we have a steady presence of people with serious mental illnesses and other serious disabilities, who are unable to live independently in the housing market. And we're just not producing enough of that to meet the demand."

So, sure, listen to the guy on MSNBC who lives in Connecticut and is upset that GE will have to pay higher corporate taxes if it stays in Connecticut. He seems so confident he must know what he's talking about.