Monthly Archives: January 2016

‘Public money for Colorado kids with disabilities goes toward lobbying’

Read the report in the Denver Post. Excerpt copied below:

Nearly $600,000 in public funds for people with developmental disabilities instead goes to a trade association whose lobbying at the state Capitol has resulted in a contentious relationship with parents of children with disabilities.

Parents whose young or adult children have developmental and intellectual delays have simmered for years knowing that lobbyists receive a portion of government funds dispensed for therapy, respite care, wheelchair ramps and bathroom renovations.

Their anger hit a flashpoint after a recent Denver audit found that one of Colorado’s 20 community-centered boards that manage federal, state and city tax dollars for the disabled was paying its director $478,000 in salary and benefits and funding Costco membership and home Internet for employees.

The boards are not subject to open-records laws and over the years have denied families’ requests for financial information, although each board receives 82 to 94 percent of its budget from public dollars.

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I recommend that you carefully read the entire article linked to above. Lots of crooked stuff going on all over the place, as the most vulnerable among us — whether it’s the poor, or the homeless, or the disabled — are being exploited by those who pretend to be do-gooders.

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— MRW

Democratic Socialism?

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Copied below is a comment to a previous post here, and it’s interesting enough that I’ve decided to feature it in today’s blog entry. I have no idea of the true identity of this person, but here is his idea:

By William Nawn

The notion of implementing a Socialist Work Institution like CCC, ventures too close to delivering a solution to gain political support. You, of all people, understand that there’s too much money involved to introduce objective reason or effectual change. A major shift from fossil fuel, with an emphasis on mass production of solar panels, would put most every reasonably able bodied person in this country to work in a year. Think of the manpower required to manage a project of this magnitude. The demand for bench techs to electrical engineers to battery design to field workers to instructors.

The Government already mandates useless programs and assigns pathetic tasks for people receiving G.A and Food Stamps. Most seem to find a way to worm out of it. Which, sadly, is just as well seeing that it only cost taxpayers more money to sustain these counterproductive programs.

But, then again, you know this, Max.

The hypothetical solar energy project that I proposed falls under the principles of democratic socialist ideology. There are too many closed minded people in this nation that can’t even grasp the understanding that Democratic Socialism is NOT Marxism, to take hold of the notion that raising the indigent to a place of self sufficiency benefits all members of society.

But then, at the end of the day, perhaps society needs the homeless and the indigent to drive the fear which motivates the working poor. Who knows? Maybe a few even slow down and throw a buck or two your way and say to themselves ‘But by the Grace of God, there go I’. Or maybe they’ve read your blog and they throw you a granola bar.

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It seems to me that socialism is incompatible with freedom as we in America have come to understand it, and the whole solar energy industry is a hugely expensive undertaking with little to show so far, except as a Feel Good undertaking by wealthy homeowners. BTW, please don’t offer me granola bars; my molars are not in good enough condition to chew anything made of sawdust, sand, and other similar ingredients.

— MRW

A 21st Century CCC for the able-bodied homeless? YES!

Instead of Attention Homes’ misguided proposal for housing young ADULTS ages 18-24 in a 40-unit project in downtown Boulder, CO (see the story in the Daily Camera: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_29432289/housing-proposal-homeless-youth-gets-cold-reception-from?source=mostpopular), here’s my idea:

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DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!

By Max R. Weller

Read about the Great Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps first, then consider how we might adapt this successful model to today’s needs.

Everyone in Boulder, CO is weary of the young and physically fit idlers, who apparently do nothing beyond consuming everything available from social services providers and getting into frequent scrapes with the law. The do-gooders regard this as par for the course, but I call it horse pucky.

How about a nationwide program of compulsory full-time labor on public works projects for any single, able-bodied man or woman who applies for taxpayer-funded benefits? If you don’t want to work, fine; you’ll receive no food stamps, no Colorado AND, no SSI/SSDI disability for vague complaints of mental illness related to substance abuse, no housing voucher, NOTHING except what you can legally scrounge up…

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‘Greedy nonprofits scheming for funding’ would be a better headline

From a year ago; I wonder what happened with this con game — are gullible investors in Denver now being scammed? I’m a bit surprised we haven’t heard about it being set up here in Boulder.

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A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

Read Denver homeless initiative would be latest to tap social impact bonds in the Denver Post. In the wake of Denver’s FAILED 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, which has resulted in more homeless people on the streets than ever (despite some of the “chronically homeless” being moved into hugely expensive housing), the crooked folks running the homeless shelter/services industry — including both private nonprofits and government agencies — have developed a new brand of Snake Oil, which they hope to peddle to a gullible public. Quoting from the article:

In the dry and wonky world of municipal finance, a new way for state and local governments to pay for the rapid expansion of social service programs — from Massachusetts and New York to Chicago, Salt Lake City and now Denver — is gathering steam and turning heads.

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