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In Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist is a victim of slow starvation.  A homeless rescue, he is given only three small bowls of oatmeal per day, an onion twice a week and a roll on Sunday. One day, Oliver dares to ask “Please, sir, I want some more.”  https://www.enotes.com/topics/oliver-twist/quotes/please-sir-want-some-more 

Today at the shared meals in Bucks County, PA, some of the homeless and needy, who are well fed, between food stamps, food banks and other sources don’t ask “Please sir, I want more.”  They scarf up seconds and sometimes thirds before others haven’t even been fed yet! Unlike Oliver Twist, they are not starving and some of them are getting fat. In some cases they bum rush the grub and pig out before others are fed. Some subscribe to the entitlement mentality and some have PMS (poor me syndrome). 

The problem in some cases is that the hosts don’t monitor the meals. You would think that guests would be more mindful of others who are in the same situation they are in.  Some hosts are very good about sharing in the shared meals. When the hosts served their guests at a shared meal I went to recently they unequivocally said there are no seconds. The meals are not only very tasty, but certainly enough to sustain the guests. Other hosts make sure everyone was fed before offering seconds and wait partway through the meals to offer seconds in the event some people come late (for legitimate reasons). 

Gluttony, which is sometimes the case, just leads to problems and makes poor people complacent. It’s like feeding waterfowl bread. When birds are given welfare, they don’t want to fly south for the winter. They are unable to get themselves off the ground.  Likewise, there are some who become chronic, professional homeless people. Some are trapped for decades. Besides PMS, the money wasted on cigarettes keeps the homeless and needy in poverty, not to mention more sickly and unproductive. 

Some organizations want to keep the homeless in poverty. Like welfare, it keeps their programs funded. One in particular often doesn’t keep its website updated. On days there were actually shared meals, the site read there are no events today. Lately, they were up to date and read “no meal today.” They should be more diligent, but then they would have to come off their Ivory Tower and care and serve those struggling, rather than be self-serving. 

One extreme example of fostering gluttony is a caseworker from Penndel Mental Health who brought a grossly overweight client (she weighed 300 pounds), junk food. 

To help the homeless and needy, we need to give them a hand up to help them become productive members of society, and not hand-outs to keep them trapped. 

I discuss these sorts of things in my book:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA 

Money Well Spent?

Fundraising for the 7th Annual Conquering Grounds Music Fest & Relapse Prevention event in September is inching along. The event is being funded by private organizations where people just want to help people conquer the voluntary slavery of addiction and are doing it without pay. Bob Sofronski's photo.

On the contrary, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick wants to soak the taxpayers $25 billion to fund programs that don’t work. http://levittownnow.com/2019/05/29/bill-introduced-by-congressman-would-create-25-billion-opioid-epidemic-response-fund/ 

The group of folks who have organized, as grass-roots citizens have something that works, and has been working for years. Take the Conquering Life Prison & Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) for example.  http://www.clprm.org/ 

In participating in various CLPRM ministries since August, 2018, I have discovered the right way to fight the opioid crisis. I have heard testimony after testimony, talk after talk, got to know redeemed addicts through CLPRM. And there is a network where I learned of Christian events where I was enriched. The problem of addiction has the same root the rest of us with problems: sin.  Unlike the government initiatives, which call addiction a disease and claim it is not a moral failing, these programs really help people. The money the government wants to take from citizens leaves us with less money we could use to voluntarily fund programs that are much more effective in curbing the opioid crisis, which is really a symptom of a spiritually bankrupt society.  

One thing everyone could agree on is that there is a drug abuse epidemic, and something needs to be done about it.  The latest statistics posted on the board in front of the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad, posted by the squad on June 27, 2019: 

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The politicians and the government had their chance. It’s about time we the people decide the best way to help people conquer their voluntary slavery of addiction.  Abusing drugs is a choice (why do you think they call it dope?). How to best help addicts should also be a choice. We need more accountability for anti-drug programs as well as for the addicts. If, as the modern mantra goes, which politicians like to spout, drug addiction is a disease, then they can’t help themselves. Well, we can help them help themselves! 

Another Homeless Hurdle

In my last blog, I wrote about building in front of the Bucks County Government Center at the edge of New Falls Road in Levittown, PA.  One project actually started construction, on the side of the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad towards the Bucks County Technical School.   A project to build affordable housing on the opposite side of the rescue squad, between the squad and the district justice building, is in the works, meeting resistance. The rescue squad owns the property.  http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/24/58-unit-affordable-housing-project-proposed-for-2-7-acre-levittown-property/  Yesterday I had good conversations at the Bucks County Mutual Aid event held in the parking lot of the government center. Bucks County Mutual Aid is a grass-roots, volunteer organization where private citizens make donations to give clothing, food and water to needy people.  The volunteers have the gatherings once a month.   The event was not just a matter of giving people things, but a place where people can discuss any matters they wish. It was informal; no programming, spontaneous. I discussed the reasons for homelessness, who the homeless are, obstacles, and possible solutions. Included in my talks with people was the affordable homeless project.   One thing I brought out was that in some cases, individual homeless people create obstacles. People outside the community become prejudice based on the actions of some individuals, which is wrongheaded thinking!  One thing I agreed on with the Bucks County Mutual Aid leaders is the role of community, neighbor helping neighbor, and getting to know the homeless as individuals. As the slogan, coined by some homeless people, goes: “Don’t talk about us; talk with us.”  I learned about the Bucks Mutual Aid event though a friend, who is one of the real-life characters in my book, which provides a realistic look at the homeless, based on my years of hanging with the homeless in Bucks County: “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless.”  My friend gave copies of my book to people associated with Bucks Mutual Aid.  At last month’s event, he told people there that the author may be there. I didn’t make it last time but I was part of the group yesterday.  In my book, I offer constructive criticism and try to speak the truth in love. Both the homeless and the establishment need to change some of their ways. At the gathering, I was reminded of an obstacle to escaping homelessness: Smoking.  There were many chain-smoking fiends there, who sometimes smoked in close quarters to non-smokers. One person at the event smoked while getting food at the table!    The homeless should be given an opportunity to work their way out of homelessness. It takes both the community and the individual homeless to have the right attitude and do the right thing.  These are some of the things I address in the book: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3rVqO3lBAN-7f-EyYXkEWjQhEr_reZi1CHsXICDyQtHGIgxX92Dn4Dp4E  This blog site was originally a result of a failed, nascent non-profit to provide housing for the homeless a friend and I started. We couldn’t get it off the ground. We found that those who had more resources than we had couldn’t create homeless housing either. Proposed projects were stonewalled. Realizing the main problem was prejudice against the homeless, we started the blogs to try to change the hearts and minds of the community, somewhat like Dr. Martin Luther King’s campaign.    We shall overcome! 

Where Will All The Homeless Go?

Finding housing in Bucks County, PA is the biggest problem facing the homeless. At the shared meals, the hosts have been very generous in feeding the homeless and giving them clothes, toiletries and other items. But housing availability is stingy. 

From the Levittown library you can see a building under construction just before New Falls Road, between the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad and the Bucks County Technical School, abutting the rescue squad. What’s in the works is an affordable housing project.  Housing Visions, which is associated with Interfaith Housing, whose mission is to create affordable housing in lower Bucks County is fighting to accomplish the project.  http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/24/58-unit-affordable-housing-project-proposed-for-2-7-acre-levittown-property/ 

Interfaith Housing has teamed up with church groups, communities and businesses to create housing for the poor.  http://interfaithhousingvisions.org/site/about-us/ 

Although there is more vacant property than there are homeless in Bucks County, it’s been a struggle to create housing for the homeless.  Prejudice against the homeless is a major obstacle for this quest.  When Interfaith Housing proposed to purchase the closed Maple Shade Elementary School in Bristol Township to develop a multi-phase housing development for those 55 and up and later add housing for veterans and a community center was stonewalled. Stopping the annual Stand Down for homeless and needy veterans that was held behind the Levittown Library for three days and two nights is evidence of an attitude in Bucks County towards the homeless and veterans. 

A few years back a homeless person (now not homeless) told me that a Bristol Borough businessman tried to proceed with plans to create housing for the homeless. As soon as the establishment discovered the plan was for the homeless, the project was stonewalled! 

Affordable housing is much needed in Bucks County, where the homeless problem is growing. As I wrote in my book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”, Bucks County doesn’t want the homeless at large, but it has no viable plan to house the homeless. 

https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

Staying On The King’s Highway

Ever since the first century church, there has been times when church practices and doctrine don’t match what Jesus taught. Even people who start out on the King’s Highway (a reference to John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress) start going down the wrong road. 

The Salvation Army Levittown PA Community Center is an example of getting off track.  

After having fallen financially and spiritually early 2014, I entered the Salvation Army Community Center to get food from the food pantry. I was puzzled at the brusque manner in which the woman who ran the pantry treated the customers.  Her demeanor didn’t seem to reflect the image I had of Salvation Army people.   

Despite this experience, shortly thereafter I started worshipping at this center.  The church seemed to be theologically sound, putting the emphasis on scripture. I was going through a rough time. Broken, the church helped me put the pieces back together.   

But in time, I found the behavior of some of the folks there were not Christian, and the one in charge, whom I nicknamed Caspar Milquetoast, didn’t resolve problems when I was victimized when I volunteered in the food pantry.  The employee who ran the food pantry, whom one of my fellow volunteers called Queen Latifah, bullied me and other volunteers. On one occasion, when a young camp counselor spoke briefly on his way to get with the camp kids, the queen got in the kid’s face, saying something like “where you supposed to be; you best get their now!”, making street-like motions. She treated us three volunteers as if we were mannequins. But when it came to a counselor of her race, the youth helper had free run of the pantry; she didn’t inform us that the camp counselor had permission to go into a restricted area. 

Interesting, at a recent meal for the homeless and needy (not the homeless and greedy), one of the guests at my table said the food pantry head, who also hosts the meals, is “racist.” Many of the guests who attend the meals won’t go to the Salvation Army meals. Some poor, desperate souls have to go to the Salvation Army meal, and occasionally have to put up with abuse, condescension.  

On one occasion the queen told me that I wouldn’t listen to her because she is black. I responded “People have a problem with you because you talk down to people!” 

Another Salvation Army official, who is in charge of community relations and development, whom I’ve nicknamed The Countess of Carlisle, used her position to block an offer from someone I met at the center from regional to write for the Salvation Army.  During a conversation I had with another volunteer, where I said that I had a problem with the way the local library constructively aims to keep the homeless out of the library just because they are homeless, the Countess said the library should keep the homeless out of the library, simply because there are people who don’t like them there.  

This is not the historic Salvation Army that went to bat for the down and out and were attacked by those who didn’t agree with them helping drunks but they stood their ground for what is right. In contrast, today’s Salvation Army tends to kowtow to the politically correct! 

Recently, there was another church that hosted the shared meals that I found a big, conspicuous problem with. As my girlfriend and I were waiting to be let into the shared meal, she noticed different flags flying, but not the American flag. I noticed a “Black Lives Matter” sign, and then the homo promo rainbow flag. All lives matter! And scripture is clearly against homosexuality. We are all sinners but the church needs to set people on the right road, and preach what is right! As the preacher said at my father’s memorial service, God comes to us sinners and makes us saints! Evidently, this church is not Biblical. The hosts, however, were very gracious. 

Churches, like the people who visit them, need to act like Jesus, and should listen to their brothers and sisters when they (it is hoped), point out gently their error. I’ve been reading about this in the Recovery Devotional, which not only applies to addicts but to the rest of us, including me! 

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 

We need to remember this, and hold one another accountable to this standard!

To learn more about the homeless, focusing on Bucks County, PA, read: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR2qT8c-IdV5tS_lDCYj3RGXcKvtvKBLfS2dJbPw857-W2fURTjVivU5UW8

Will The Bird No Longer Be The Word?

In my last blog I argued that homelessness does not define your character. There are characters who frequent the homeless and those in need meals who are showing their character. As Winston Churchill said “I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.” 

These characters, for the most part, are not homeless. I didn’t mention more recent behavior by these “needy” people in my blog. At the shared meal Friday night, hosts had to stand in front of the kitchen to keep a small mob from bum rushing the kitchen. These characters just thought they could run into the kitchen to raid it, like the mob that stormed the Bastille, which was the official start of the French Revolution. 

Speaking of French ideas, take the Noble Savage. The Noble Savage is a relativistic philosophy championed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, where all restraints of civilization or any authority are removed and the self becomes the center of the universe. There are no borders. The characters at the meals are vying for the Jean-Jacques Rousseau award for 2019. 

The next day, at the early afternoon shared meal, a woman, for whom I have yet to coin a nickname, started screaming at a host who simply asked her to get a clean plate when she gets seconds. Evidently, she didn’t think she should play by the rules. I’ve observed her tone of voice often being hostile. She also makes herself a victim. On one occasion, as she grabbed the coffee from a guy who was sitting next to her, asked if he would mind if she could have it, as she started drinking it. Birdman on a small scale.  

Update: I now have a nickname for this woman, a new entry for the Noble Savage award for 2019: “The Wicked Witch Of The West”. She talks a lot like this bad witch in the Wizard of Oz. Maybe I could stifle her by pouring water on her! I can imagine asking one of the hosts at a shared meal for water. I’ll tell the host I need it to tone down the Wicked Witch Of The West.

I also recently learned why there were police cars after the meal. Evidently The Wicked Witch was not allowed on the bus and nobody would drive her so the police drove her to a stop where the homeless bus dropped people off.

Birdman has some stiff competition for the Noble Savage award for 2019!  Birdman is a character who’s been flocking to the meals.  People at meals are getting the word about this infamous bird, who, like a wild animal, comes to the meals armed with pitchers and large bag and goes from table to table trying to swipe whatever he can – food, drinks and other items that are supposed to be for the people at each table and tables where food and drink are set out for all the quests. At one meal, he took the top off the coffee pot and was about to drain the coffee into his container when he was caught. 

Some of us are thinking of playing The Bird is the Word, when Birdman enters a community meal. 

https://youtu.be/9Gc4QTqslN4 

One guest thought he must have descended from a hawk, with the way he quickly, out of nowhere, appears and grabs his prey. To use Navy terminology, I would say he’s a sh**bird. 

At the last meal he raided he started to take eating utensils from the table in front of him, until someone at the table yelled at him and told him the utensils were someone else’s. In spite of being yelled at, he returned to the table, on the prowl for things he could take. People at the table had to keep looking over their shoulder to watch Birdman like the hawk he is. 

When I said something to someone at the table when I walked by right after Birdman tried to take the utensils, a guy at the table snapped “he’s an a-hole” and added that the bird was banned from two of the community meals permanently. 

A few meals ago, Birdman was about to snatch the salt and pepper shakers, but the host stopped him. 

If you sit down at a community meal, you have to set a watch to make sure that Birdman doesn’t take any of your stuff, including food that’s on your table whenever you get up to get a beverage, some food, or go to the restroom. 

Birdman is the quintessential noble savage.  But so are others; his title maybe overthrown!

Most of the folks who go to the community meals, both homeless and those needy with homes, act civilized and show self-restraint. 

Birdman, et al, is a reflection, an example of our rich heritage being turned upside down in an attempt to be replaced by the utopian new world order, which is destroying our society. 

https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/ 

Homelessness and Character

Homelessness does not define your character.  Sometime after I started hanging out with the homeless in Bucks County, PA, early spring, 2014, I heard and read comments of what the homeless are about.  

One comment was that they are in the survival mode – that they just savagely grab things the way a wild animal does. This, interestingly, came from a Salvation Army official at the Levittown, PA community center! You would think that someone associated with an organization that has been reaching out to people who are impoverished materially and spiritually would have a sober view of the homeless.  This same official was OK with the idea that, as was the case a few years back, that the homeless should be constructively kicked out of the library just because some people don’t like them there. 

When I challenged the Salvation Army person’s argument, she then went on to say that they are dirty and raggedy and eat in the library. When I asked her if she ever visited the library and saw the homeless people there, she silently got huffy and dismissed the debate. And as far as them eating in the library, if there are rules against eating in the library, enforce the rules as to the individual offender. Violating a rule has nothing to do with being homeless! 

Awhile back, I read a melodramatic article where a reporter painted a picture of homeless people at a shared meal for the homeless and needy savagely scrounging for food. It gave the impression that all homeless people are that way. Well, it’s only a handful of people who do this, and the perpetrators are mostly those who are not homeless!  There has been an effort to curb the actions of these savages, who could ruin the meals for those civilized people who socialize with each other and are fed physically and spiritually. 

Another stereotype of the homeless is that they have mental problems. Again, there is just a handful of people who could use a ride on The Disoriented Express. There’s one, whom I call Janis Joplin, who sings and talks to herself and is basically anti-social, treating others as if they are mannequins, for whom she does not cotton to moving out of the way, and doesn’t practice other social civilities.  

One thing I know for sure is that many of the homeless in Bucks County are smoking fiends. And some of them are rude; some of these smokers stand right in front of the doors puffing away! Many places have buffer zones. We should not need buffer zones for smokers; they should have enough consideration and good character to keep their distance on their own. Just because they want to ruin their health and burn a hole in their pocket, we should not have to be subjected to that stinky second hand smoke. Years ago, a woman told me that when she was about to enter a building with her daughter, who suffered from asthma, past a gang of smokers who gathered just outside the door, huffing and puffing away, her daughter suffered an asthma attack as the result of the concentrated smoke! 

A friend of mine said he doesn’t give people any money if he sees that they smoke.  Smoking is not a necessity and, by fiat, you enable bad habits if you give smokers money. 

Clash of the barbarians 

At one shared meal, guests started forming lines from opposite directions. As Gomez Adams approached from the opposite direction, walking with his cane, he plowed into Piglet, almost knocking her down. It was poetic justice, as at an earlier meal at another place, as Piglet was pulling her cart, she plowed into someone’s walker that was sticking out a little between the rows of tables, with enough space for people to walk by but not enough room for the cart. Piglet almost knocked the cart over! 

In an earlier blog, I announced a contest for Noble Savage of 2019.  Lately, Birdman, the frontrunner, hasn’t been to the meals. Maybe he’s smug that he is a shoe in for the Noble Savage award. Birdman’s most savage act is that he creeps around the tables where they are eating, and snatches up their food!  On one occasion, this predator tried to take the salt and peppers and on another tried to snatch up metal tableware. Birdman’s been banned from a few meals, and there are watchful eyes on him at others. 

Who the homeless really are is addressed in There Are Homeless In Bucks County; A Journey with the Homeless, by Yours Truly.   Among the issues I tackle is the one that homeless people allegedly need mental health help, offered freely by the mental health hustlers. 

The book is available:  https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

Don’t Count Me Out!

Following on the heels of The Clean Slate Act, which offers the possibility those with criminal records of having their records sealed, and The First Step Act, which gives non-violent offenders an alternative to jail time to get in a rehab program and clean up their act is a prison reform act that would expunge criminal records is gaining steam in order to help reduce Pennsylvania’s prison population.    http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/10/series-of-criminal-justice-reforms-gaining-steam-in-pa/ 

People who really mess up should be given the option, the opportunity to get straight. The ball is in their court, and they have to want to work on improving themselves. Just because someone goes to jail, you shouldn’t count them out for life. 

Some do write people off once they mess up. Years ago, when I worked in a Pennsylvania State park, a law enforcement official told me that once you go to jail and enter the system, you are a career criminal. I disagreed. I pointed out the famous short story writer O. Henry, was sentenced to jail for five years for embezzlement from a bank. He was released after three years for good behavior. While in prison, he wrote short stories to support his young daughter. 

O. Henry got straight and stayed straight.

The state ranger argued “he (O Henry) was being punished.”  Unable to convince me of his view, he stated that the state of Pennsylvania believes what he said. That the government says something is right does not convince me. The government is populated by fallible human beings. They are not the final authority. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0377958/bio 

In America, we have the right to redress grievances, and if something is wrong, it may be changed. This is what is happening with prison reform. A call to follow up on Christian prison ministries, to mentor those when they get out is argued in a Salvation Army blog: https://www.salvationarmy.org/nhqblog/news/2014-06-20-the-revolving-door?fbclid=IwAR12yk-bu1SucA_FeE2muTk0eQKWrzPfZ9ZEKuvGmzFrtWWOB1mHkqhyX8g

With their freedom, prisoners who are let out need to act responsibly and work hard to keep straight. To that end, Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) was created.   http://www.clprm.org/ 

 Through Biblical counsel and working with each other in community, problem people get redeemed. We are all broken people, and Jesus can make us whole. He is the answer to all our issues. 

A Prescription To Abate Homelessness

I am perplexed when I read of homeless advocates who believe big government programs will help the homeless. Like the opioid crisis, government programs to resolve the homeless problem only makes it worse. 

The key to getting out of the poverty that leads to homelessness is to take advantage of opportunities to educate yourself and improve yourself in other ways. Read. Apply yourself. Work hard at whatever you do. 

These are the kind of things John Philip Sousa IV, great grandson of the great March King, discusses in Ben Carson Rx For America 

Dr. Carson entered the political arena after his keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, where he diagnosed the big government, socialistic agenda of then President Barry Obummer. By the way, after this legitimate criticism, the Skinny Socialist had the IRS audit Carson, to no avail. 

The doc is a great example where, by showing initiative, reading, hard work and applying himself, people can get out of poverty. Dr. Carson and his wife Candy started initiatives, using their own resources, to help poor people improve themselves. They offer them a hand up, not the hand out of the welfare state, where you become wards of the state, with limited choices in a caste system.  

In Bucks County, PA, the homeless population continues to increase.  I contacted a county commissioner a few years back to propose the idea to use county land to create an official homeless community, which the homeless help build and manage. The proposal fell on deaf ears. The commissioner’s reply was that the homeless would be made too comfortable if this were to happen and they wouldn’t apply for government assisted housing. And there would be complications, such as mental health and drug abuse issues.  

In the commissioner’s words: “I also do not think that is helpful to the homeless. It just creates more space for them to avoid going to Housing Link and getting the referral, they need, to start getting sober/clean, on medication, in therapy, signed up for assistance or some type of work, and a solid roof over their head.” 

Not all homeless people have these problems. Even if they do, like the rest of us, they can address these needs after they get housing. Ben Carson advocates housing first. This is one of the topics I explore in There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with the Homeless.  Available: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

Bucks County should follow the example of Pedro Opeka, who encouraged impoverished people in Madagascar to build good communities from a dump, where once he taught them, they became educated and also built their own community. They didn’t build their city on rock and roll but by motivation and hard work. 

A formerly homeless guy in Bucks County told me he spoke with a businessman who had planned to create housing for the homeless. When the establishment found out the project was for the homeless, it was nixed! I’ve heard from other sources that, although there is more property in Bucks County than homeless people, when caring people tried to make plans to use it for the homeless, they got shut down faster than The Little Old Lady from Pasadena shuts down anyone who races her.  https://youtu.be/CKE__FoHdE0 

Dignity Village, where the homeless helped build and also managed the village where formerly homeless folks came, works:  https://dignityvillage.org/ 

Individual initiative and responsibility, not big government programs,  is the best way to fight homelessness. 

Well There You Go Again!

In an attempt to help resolve the opioid epidemic, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick wants to soak the taxpayer to fund programs that don’t work.  

One of the places Fitzpatrick wants to dump taxpayer money is the centers for disease control. http://levittownnow.com/2019/05/29/bill-introduced-by-congressman-would-create-25-billion-opioid-epidemic-response-fund/  

Calling drug abuse a disease does not help in this matter.  Calling drug addiction a disease is a marketing tool used by snake oil salesmen. Critics of the disease theory, as reported on Wikipedia, say the disease theory, which is applied to drug and alcohol abuse “exists only to benefit the professionals’ and governmental agencies responsible for providing recovery services, and the disease model has not offered a solution for those attempting to stop abusive alcohol and drug use.”    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism             

Drug addiction is a morally bad choice. Faith-based initiatives, by getting to the root of the problem of addiction, sin, will help solve the drug epidemic, which is basically a symptom of the spiritual bankruptcy in our country today. 

Awhile back, President Trump said taxpayer money will only go to those organizations that fight the drug epidemic that have initiatives that work. The Riverfront Coalition in New Jersey is one such organization that received funding. A friend of mine, a woman of faith, and a youth leader at the City of Refuge Fellowship Church, is part of The Riverfront Coalition, which works with the youth to help prevent them from going down the wrong path, doing things such as drug and alcohol addiction. https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/congressman-macarthur-riverfront-coalition-local-officials-advocates-praise-federal-grant-south-jersey-combat-opioid-crisis/ 

Another organization to which I connected is Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) in Bucks County, PA. Since I’ve been attending their conquering addiction ministry, coffeehouses, and other events, many of which is a de facto network of CLPRM, I’ve seen how this faith-based organization helps people conquer the voluntary slavery of addiction. Through Jesus and Biblical counsel, they are redeemed.  http://www.clprm.org/ 

Throwing taxpayer money down the rathole will not resolve the opioid crisis. Using resources, money judiciously with programs that work will. Money thrown down the rathole can be better used with organizations such as CLPRM.  Problems such as addictions should not be a government function. As was the case when President Grover Cleveland vetoed a government bailout to save Texas farms after a drought, we don’t need the government to resolve the drug epidemic. Cleveland instead encouraged his fellow Americans to help each other out. And they did, shelling out much more than congress demanded from taxpayers.  

“Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem. Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it. The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.”  -Ronald Reagan 

Fighting the drug epidemic should be a case of neighbor helping neighbor, where caring Christians share one another’s burdens and gently restore people with problems, which is not a disease in this case but rooted in sin. People can be redeemed!