“Ever done any boondoggling?”
–Egbert Souse (W.C. Fields) in The Bank Dick, 1940
In lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania, like the rest of the country, the mental health industry has been hustling to get clients on their roles. They are so eager to do so, that many of them don’t really belong there. Even for those who do, I question whether the mainstream mental health industry really helps people.
The tactics Penndel Mental Health Center, who sent a representative to a meet and greet at a homeless camp in January, 2013 in Bristol Township, PA., employs is tantamount to ambulance chasing. Much of the mental health industry is a boondoggle. And this Bucks County health center incessantly attaches itself to other services, particularly for the homeless, such as housing. Like manure, they are everywhere.
Holy pork barrel, Batman!
For those of you in Doylestown, PA, “boondoggle” is defined as:
- work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value.
- “writing off the cold fusion phenomenon as a boondoggle best buried in literature”
- waste money or time on unnecessary or questionable projects.
The word “boondoggle” has a funny sound, especially when W.C. Fields says it.
And the mental health industry is a joke, with it’s boondoggles.
There are certainly many people out there, including some homeless, who have problems and need help. And there are some people who have serious issues who are in important positions that affect others who have flown under the radar.
I’m not a psychologist but, as Bob Dylan sang, “you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”. The head librarian at the public library in Levittown, PA has an obsession, a phobia about the homeless. I have been referring to her as “Jihad Jane”, but I now think that “Bull Connor” would be a more suitable term.
Like the Democratic Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham, Alabama during the civil rights movement in 1963, the Levittown librarian has been figuratively hosing the local homeless who frequent the library. Instead of having dogs attack those she considers persona non grata, she gets her dogs (and herself) to employ measures to make their visits to the library uncomfortable and even have them removed.
Just a disclaimer, sometimes banning particular homeless people from the library is warranted, but in many cases homeless folks are thrown out for the day, sometimes longer, if they just nod off.
To make the homeless unwelcome at the library, many of whom are baby boomers, Bull Connor had two benches and the shelter for the homeless bus removed.
There are many more examples about how our local version of Bull Connor oppresses the homeless and treats them like second class citizens, but suffice it to say, this librarian has major issues. About 15 minutes before closing time, like a child, she flashes the lights on and off countless times, creating a light show or lightning effect. She’s not playing with a full deck.
The problem with the conventional wisdom of modern psychology is that people are not held accountable for their actions; something not their fault has caused anti-social behavior. In their estimation, it has nothing to do with a character flaw, which we all have to some degree. Some people are just bad, mean.
Instead of the self serving boondoggles concerning the homeless, there are people out there who offer genuine help to the homeless. In a blog from the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission’s website, the blogger relates how the mission helped bring around a homeless man who had mental issues, problems with alcohol, and suffered many bouts with pneumonia. By ministering to the man’s medical, physical and spiritual needs, the formerly homeless man moved into an apartment and lived a normal life.
The mission’s outreach worker was able to help the man by getting him on the right track, especially by pointing him to God. And the outreach worker’s motivation to help the man was driven by God. This is where it’s at — our only hope. http://www.sundaybreakfast.org/2014/03/27/tentsbuckscounty/
“O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come”
by William Croft, Isaac Watts
In the early 1970’s, Jay Adams started a revolution where he argued that the church should not relegate “mental health” issues to secular psychology, but use Biblical resources to counsel people with problems. http://www.nouthetic.org/about-ins/our-faculty/8-about-ins/6-jay-adams-biography
This is no boondoggle.
Also not a boondoggle is our nascent non profit organization that was created to help the homeless in lower Bucks County with their need for shelter.
And this is no Bull!