Housing First!

Under the leadership of Secretary Ben Carson, HUD has the right idea to fight homelessness.  I’m glad to read that the doctor has the right prescription: Housing First

HUD made $2 Million available to homeless programs, reads the headline. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40695-hud-makes-2-billion-available-to-homeless-programs

Accountability to taxpayers is paramount in using funds for programs. HUD has been riddled with waste and graph, and the doctor has a remedy for HUDs ills and Secretary Carson will really help the homeless with this housing first approach.

An article in the guardian.com, with the headline “Entire homelessness agency could be eliminated by Trump’s budget cuts” concedes at least knowing the reason for recent budget cuts to HUDs homeless funding:

The cuts are explained in the proposal as reflecting a commitment to “fiscal responsibility”, and it foresees the slack being taken up by state and local governments and the private sector.

Fiscal responsibility, eliminating waste, is key to having a healthy economy, which prevents homelessness. The private sector should take up the balk of helping the homeless. And when you cut taxes that fund wasteful government spending, the private sector has more money to help the homeless.  Awhile back, pastor Rick Warren, who works with the private sector to help people, stated that with the high taxes, people didn’t have as much money to help others and funds dwindled under President BO.

The private sector, neighbors, churches, can get to know the needy and can better serve all their needs. In Bucks County, PA, churches give the homeless meals, clothing and take-home food. Churches also minister to the homeless, as I discussed in previous blogs.

Although the private sector cannot complete distinguish the slacker from the homeless who are serious about moving on up, it does a much better job of this than does the government. For the government and its cronies, it’s about keeping an agency funded. With the private sector, it’s neighbor helping neighbor.

In Bucks County a mental health hustler program’s funding was cut. Under this program, a mental health hustler approaches homeless people in an attempt to shanghai them to get taxpayer funds to buy them a ticket on the disoriented express that takes them to Penndel Mental Health Center, where people are legally doped up and are worse after they come out than when they came in.

It was laughable that the Courier Times said that cutting funds for this failed program, which allegedly gets housing for the homeless, hurts the homeless. This cut I understand goes all the way up to The Donald. Good job President Trump! We’re draining the swamp in Bucks County, which is a huge job.

Buck’s Rapid Response Team got a guy out of the woods and into housing. Took only three years!

What I like about HUD’s Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program is that it’s priority is getting people housing, which is what helping the homeless is all about. What a novel idea: help the homeless find a home! One of the Bucks County mental health hustlers told me he doesn’t believe in housing first – that people have to get straight before they get housing. Talk about stereotyping homeless people. This policy helps guarantee business for the mental health industry.

The so-called emergency shelter in Levittown, PA has a waiting list of a few months, thanks to the inordinate amount of recovery homes in the area and the revolving door policy towards druggies and drunks. When people without substance abuse or other problem finally get into the shelter, they are subject to theft, violence, and harassment from those who display anti-social behavior.

One homeless people get a home, under this program, they can take care of any other problems they may have. In Bucks County, it’s axiomatic that homeless people need the services of a government sanctioned mental health center. People can find help on their own – through the church. Many churches have 12 step programs – some of them have programs that help people with any bad habits, hurts and hang ups, such as Celebrate Recovery, a national program which has local chapters. http://newlifephilly.net/celebrate-recovery

It is tax and spend progressives that create homelessness, today as it did during FDR’s New Raw Deal. Of course President Herbert Hoover and others contributed to homelessness. Where progressives rule, homelessness thrives.  This HUD program shows promise and the social cancer of homelessness has a chance to be cured, now that there’s a good doctor in the house!

Environmentalists and The Homeless

I got an email this morning from the League of Conservation Voters beseeching me to tell the Rascally Republicans to stop in the name of the environment to nix The Donald’s picks for his cabinet. They claim that it’s the most anti-environment in history!

So if they are against the junk science of the pseudo-environmentalists then they are putting clean air and water, our forests and other resources in jeopardy? Really?

We have witnessed the results of hair brained schemes from alternative energy. Take, for instance, Solyndra, Barry’s boondoggleThe manufacturer of advanced solar panels received a $535 million loan guarantee to build a factory outside of San Francisco.

Solyndra went bankrupt in 2011 amid falling prices for solar panels, and has since served as the poster child for government policy gone bad. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solyndra

Its assets were being auctioned off, and DOE is not expected to recover any meaningful amount of money.

The executives at Solyndra, who contributed to BO’s presidential campaign, walked away with golden parachutes, while we got the shaft.

The agenda of the anti-Trump so called environmentalist, Captain Planet types whose raison d’ e’tre is to save the earth from us mortals has no basis in fact, as in the case, for example, of Solyndra.

A vibrant economy and a healthy environment go hand in hand. In China, the air is filthy. In fact, recently the government passed out masks. After the fall of the Soviet Union, a lot of toxic waste was found. In our mostly capitalistic economy, the environment is much cleaner than socialistic, central planned economies. In a free market economy, consumer demand can be better realized, hence less waste and pollution.

Free market driven energy policies are the key to providing clean energy that everyone can afford.

President Trump will not wage war on coal and other traditional energy sources, which puts people out of work and hurts the economy. When people have money, they can afford to buy the tools to keep their energy sources running clean and efficient.

When the economy suffers, so do we. The people who suffer the most is the homeless. In fact, a bad economy exacerbates homelessness. That $535 million squandered on Solyndra. It could have been put to better use.

Groups such as the League of Conservation Voters are not the only ones attacking windmills. There have been reports of birds getting caught in windmills.

The Donald’s pick to head the EPA will reverse years of quixotic abuse. No longer will people be charged with destroying wetlands for filling in a puddle, which environmentalist wackos say deprive birds of a water stop during migration.

When the government sticks its nose into our business, including socially engineering resource management, it hurts the average person, particularly the poor and the homeless. The free market fosters jobs and innovation, where what works best and efficiently is held to market standards. Innovation allows us to built a better mousetrap – including energy production that is affordable and clean, and not artificially propped up and usually failing, as was the case with Solyndra.

The New Raw Deal, a wrong path to which we were heading, brought nothing but misery, poverty and increased homelessness. It’s no wonder we find so many homeless in Bucks County, PA. A report from the Fraser Institute showed that Pennsylvania did not do well on limiting taxes and spending.

“There’s a connection between high government spending and slower economic growth,” Elizabeth Stelle, director of policy analysis for the Harrisburg-based Commonwealth Foundation, told Watchdog.org. “If we want a vibrant economy, if we want people to be able to find jobs, if we want people to prosper, then this study shows we need to reduce government spending and we need to have a better tax structure.” http://levittownnow.com/2016/12/26/pa-scores-poorly-on-spending-taxes-among-50-states/

Except for things such as roads, security and courts, we need to keep the government out of our nation’s business, such as energy policy. Give the free market a chance to work.

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/notsogreat-depression

Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God gave us dominion over the earth. It’s our responsibility to be good stewards of the earth. Contrary to what the Chicken Little’s think, Trump’s picks for cabinet will foster good stewardship of the earth while providing food and shelter for more people.

 

The Right Stuff

In 1949, after a group of recovering drunks and Alcoholics Anonymous  members founded Hazelden Farm, a Minneapolis refuge and treatment center, 93 percent of alcohol treatment centers used  AA concepts in their treatments. Also, AA got 31 percent of its membership from treatment centers.

What does that tell us?

It tells us that Alcoholics Anonymous has the right stuff. Or at least it is on the right track.

Today in Bucks County, PA, there are reports of pleas to have the government pass bills to fight the drug abuse epidemic. For example, The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015.  As reported in LevittownNow.com, The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 will:

  • Expand prevention and educational efforts — particularly aimed at teenagers, parents and other caretakers, and aging populations — to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and to promote treatment and recovery;
  • Expand the availability of Naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives;
  • Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders promptly by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment;
  • Expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications to keep them out of the hands of children and adolescents;
  • Launch an evidence-based opioids and heroin treatment and intervention program to assist in treatment and recovery throughout the country;
  • Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services.

Although this act has some good ideas, the key is to get at the root of the problem. Back in the early part of the 20th century, our government’s plan to control alcohol abuse was prohibition – to just keep the booze out of people’s hands. But prohibition ended, and there was a new strategy: Instead of taking away alcohol from everyone because 10 percent of the population had a problem with it, work on changing people from the inside, bringing God into the equation.

Enter Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps Program.

Tonight, at a community meal for the homeless and those in need in Bucks County, I had a conversation with a friend who had had a problem with substance abuse and went through a 12 steps program. It worked for him, and he has put his substance abuse problem on the ash heap of history, or at least keeps the problem at bay.

“Addictions” are a matter of selfishness, the friend said. Humility needs to learned in order to work well with others and to overcome substance abuse, he added. Abusing drugs and alcohol is a case where one seeks self gratification.

The first step to getting clean is to admit that we are powerless over the sin of addiction that has taken hold of us and that only through a higher power, God, can we overcome.

No matter what the problem – alcohol, drugs, anxiety, depression, anger… – there is a root cause common to all.

Drug Overdose Deaths In PA Increase 14-Fold In Last 35 Years, reads the headlines in an article dated March 16, 2016 in LevittownNow.com.   All the Kings Horses and All the Kings Men Still hasn’t put Susie and Johnny Druggie back together again. All the workshops, all the educational drug turn in programs, all the law enforcement…

The inordinate number of recovery houses in lower bucks County is not resolving the drug problem, Instead, it’s creating problems. More crime in the community, overcrowding at the shelter and, as the druggies leave or are thrown out of the houses, they join the ranks of the homeless, in many cases causing more public disdain for other homeless people who became homeless for a different reason.

By 1949, we made great progress on alcohol abuse and had put the evils the progressivism of President Herbert Hoover (and the congress) and President FDR’s New Raw Deal behind us and moved on to a less dysfunctional, more better (to use a Cajun phrase) society. People changed from the inside by attending Bible believing churches, reading the Bible for themselves as well as Christian authors such as C.S. Lewis and taking responsibility for their actions.

By 1969, we regressed, becoming once again a dysfunctional society, where people wallowed in narcissism, selfishness and exhibited other negative character traits. Author Tom Wolfe coined the phrase “Me Decade” to describe the 70’s.

We lost our moral compass at Woodstock, where rich spoiled brats became Noble Savages. The dysfunctionality soon became mainstream. We recently had a reenactment of this at Rio De Janeiro, where members of the swim team vandalized a gas station and lied about being robbed at gunpoint.

But we can get our moral compass back. Today’s drug epidemic is not the cause of our problems but just a symptom.

I’ve noticed churches in Bucks County stepping up to the plate and holding substance abuse programs. And Bible believing churches are spreading the Word. Christian posts and links and commentary are inundating Facebook.

To quote Eric Burdon and the Animals, “We’ve got to get out of this place. If it’s the last thing we ever do. We’ve got to get out of this place” to build a better life for me and you.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  -2nd Chronicles 7:14

Replacing The Kool-aid

In my last blog I warned people not to drink the Kool-aid. Of course I’m not knocking the beverage, but just speaking figuratively about buying into ideas that lead to destructive behavior. Drinking the poisoned Kool-aid was the result of people being guided by the wrong influences — they were the disciples of destruction.

The People’s Temple in Jonestown, Guyana is a memorable example of how thinking influences behavior. Holy cognitive therapy, Batman!

Allen Ginsburg’s Howl was written in 1955 and published in 1956, during a time I consider a golden time in American history. We were recovering from the world of Gangsters, FDR’s New Raw Deal, racism, poverty and accompanying homelessness, and other social ills. During the Eisenhower 50’s, crime lowered, blacks were moving on up, Jackie Robinson could play in the major league, American Indians could self govern, the nuclear family was intact — divorce was rare, etc. In short, it was a time of relative harmony, peace and prosperity.

There has been and always will be a tension between completing influences.

Ginsburg and his beatnik disciples wanted something more from life. They saw the status quo as square, and these Daddyeos (and Mommyeos) wanted to explore where no man has gone before and entered the outer realms of their own bizarre world.

Throughout history, since the Garden of Eve, people weren’t happy with what they’ve got and reached out for greener pastures, which actually were brown, even dead. In their song Woodstock, Crosby Stills and Nash plead that “we’ve got to get back to the Garden.” They also imagined that the nations bombers be turned to butterflies.

Just by these rockers thinking this doesn’t make it so. These hipsters have a distorted view of reality.

There will always be weeds in the garden. The way to care for society’s garden is not to eliminate anyone who doesn’t fall in lock step with the state’s social engineering program, but to be diligent and realistic about showing people the right way — being the light in a dark world.

I call the world view of Allen Ginsberg, et al, who admitted “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness” a dark world. Just like the gangster rappers of today, he wasn’t objectively reporting on the world he saw.

Although I’m not a fan of Al Sharpton, I like what he once said as a guest on Jay Lenno. Sharpton told Jay about how he confonted some gangster rappers about the decadent world they rap about. “But Rev. Al,” a rapper told Sharpton, “that’s the way ” it is.

Sharpton argued that if something is wrong, then try to fix it. This is the message M.C. Hammer delivered in a video accompanied by the refrain “You’ve got to pray every day just to make it today.” Neatly dressed in a white leisure suit, Hammer approached a group of guys on the street who looked like they were going to fight or make a drug deal and signaled, like an empire calling a runner safe, to stop this crap.

Evil doesn’t prevail because of evil but because good people do nothing.

The problem of drunks disrupting the community meals for the homeless and those in need in lower Bucks County, PA is a microcosm of this. People seeing this as wrong and as an affront to the hosts and other guests have been expressing righteous indignation about it. Others have just played Lord Chamberlain, giving these selfish, out of control monsters a pass.

During the 50’s, the good guys prevailed. Today, our country is an Obama nation.

People are fighting back!

I’ve noticed that Facebook has become less pedestrian and good people have been speaking out against the evil in our country today. The message I keep hearing that our country needs to return to God is righteous!

One of the evils people have been attacking is the race baiting groups such as Blacks Lives Matter, who, like President BO and his racist wife, have an enormous chip on their shoulders.

Some people are fighting evil the right way. Unlike some blacks who are attacking whites because of wrongs committed against blacks (some real and some made up), the people at the African Methodist Episcopal church in Charlestown, S.C. saw the murders at their church as an act of an evil individual, and continue to worship God and show his love towards others.

Showing God’s love towards others is what I found at an AME church in Bucks County. Before I started to associate with the people at this church, because of the name, I thought it may be Afro-centric. It’s not Afro-centric at all; the “A” denotes that the denomination was formed because in the late 18th century blacks were not allowed to be ministers.

The local Salvation Army is more Afro-centric than the AME church, where I’ve found subservient deference and a double standard towards blacks. Volunteers there said the social services director, who runs the food pantry, works hard to be black. The people at the AME church work hard to be good Christians.

Unlike “Queen Latifah”, as one volunteer called the food pantry boss, who treats the homeless and needy guests like children and criminals and has a chip on her shoulder (like her buddy BO), the hosts at the AME churches in Bucks County, PA are very gracious towards their guests.

Kool-aid Kool-aid may taste great, but to get rid of the metaphorical Kool-aid? I can’t wait!

Politics and the Homeless

I’m convinced that the best way to help those in need, particularly the homeless, is through private charity.

Bucks County, PA knew about its homeless problem since 1988.  The county doesn’t have the funds, nor the will, to provide much needed shelter for the homeless.  It’s 2015, and the homeless problem hasn’t been resolved.

One problem is Bucks County’s strategy.  At the Levittown Public Library, officials are more interested in addressing the problem, as my partner in our nascent non-profit Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless related, by answering the question people have about not letting the homeless turn the library into their hangout than solving the problem.  He overheard comments to this effect at a meeting at the library.

Likewise, officials are trying to shoo the homeless from the Veteran’s Memorial next to the library, even when they are not doing anything wrong.

We at Gimmee Shelter have been considering property to develop for the homeless, with the homeless working on the property in the spirit of the Homestead Act of 1862.  There’s a guy who is with another organization to help the homeless who showed me the Head Start site, which has been abandoned for 1 ½ years.  With all the homeless people in Bucks County, the government hasn’t even dreamed of the idea of using this property for the homeless.

Individual people have.

In a prosperous economy, which free market capitalism fosters, there are more resources people have to share with those in need.  Shortly after the election of Barry Obama, Pastor Rick Warren, who works with philanthropists, and who practices what he preaches, said that with greater taxes, people don’t have as much money to give to charity.  Good point, Rick.

http://rickwarren.org/about/rick-warren

As I pointed out in previous blogs, socialism, as found in FDRs New Raw Deal, creates more poverty.  During the Great Depression, FDRs socialist policies exacerbated and prolonged the depression and there was rampant homelessness.

We overcame the sour grapes of The New Raw Deal after we cut taxes, kept government’s nose out of our business, and people became more personally responsible.  The power of the people was unleashed!

Homelessness is the canary in the mine, which indicates the health of the economy.  Today, there is more homelessness in states under liberal rule than there is in conservative states, such as Texas.

We need to help the poor and needy.

This can be best done by unshackling people from a government under the influence of socialist principles and letting them use their initiative and outside-the-box entrepreneurism to create a prosperous society by letting them produce more for everybody.  The custom of allowing the poor to follow the reapers in the field and glean the fallen spears of grain, as illustrated in Ruth 2: 2-23, can be done today.  In a prosperous economy, private charity can help those in need.

Ephesians 4:28

“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

We Are Not in Kansas Anymore!

“But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man / That he didn’t, didn’t already have.”

–lyrics from America’s Tin Man.

At Stand Down 2015, an event to help needy veterans, held in Levittown, PA, a politician Augustly stated:

“You need the government, you need me…”, to resolve the homeless problem.

As was the case in The Wizard of Oz, the government is no talisman.

The characters in the story seek Oz to empower them and solve all their problems,  as people in real life look at the government this way.  In the story, the people who are tripping, going to Oz find that the Wizard is a fake and is actually just “a common man” who has made everyone believe he was powerful. Likewise, the government can’t accomplish miracles, bringing us hope and change.  As the Wizard comes clean, he tells the travelers that they have to apply themselves, for instance, by going to school to get a brain.

There is no such thing as a government issued brain, although leaders in today’s Brave New World are trying to reprogram our brains.

Don’t pay attention to the politicians behind the curtain.

We are no longer in Kansas, Homeless Dog, but in post modernist America.

Word Origin and History for postmodernism

post modernism, by 1977, from post- + modernism. Defined by Terry Eagleton as “the contemporary movement of thought which rejects … the possibility of objective  knowledge” and is therefore “skeptical of truth,unity, and progress”

Like Dorothy, people are following the yellow brick road to BO’s hope and change fantasy world, just as their heads were in the deep dark place of FDR’s New Raw Deal and LBJ’s alleged Great Society.

We can’t count on the government to provide homes for the homeless.  People with brains, compassion and drive can advocate for the homeless and help them get homes.

We can do it:  http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

Let Freedom Ring

Stand Down 2015, recently held in Levittown, PA, was a remembrance of what veterans fight for:  freedom.  Freedom isn’t free, and we must fight for it.  It’s not just a fight using weapons, but with words.  I’m living in a country where I can still express my uncensored views.  I tend to be outspoken.

I grew up during the cold war, when even in cartoons, communism was laughed at.   The characters Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, who answered to Fearless Leader and to Mr. Big, a distant, godlike character who made cameo appearances on the Bullwinkle and Rocky cartoon show,  mocked the Soviet Union.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Badenov

Looking at the Pepsodent toothpaste I got from Stand Down, I was reminded of a parody of the Pepsodent ad:

“You wonder where the yellow went

When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent”

The parody:

“You  wonder where your father went

When he speaks against the government.”

Our founders took into account that people are not perfect and that leaders do things that need to be challenged.  This is why we have the first amendment.  They realized that we cannot create a utopia, on earth.   The Greek translation of “Utopia” means that there is no such place.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia

Although we can never achieve a utopia, we don’t have to accept a dystopia.  Frankly, unlike our society in the 50’s and early 60’s, our society is dysfunctional.  But, through our actions, much of it driven by people exercising their right of free speech, we can improve ourselves and society.  We can do better.

As a result of skillful people persuading others,  America overcame the dysfunctional New Raw Deal scheme of FDR.    Writers argued how free market capitalism fosters a healthy economy.  Churches, which during the Depression era failed to positively influence society, started spreading the truth about how to live right, and people listened.  As a result, the economy grew while crime shrank.

The New Raw Deal didn’t exist in a vacuum.  Starting about 1920, elitist kooks influenced society.   But after WWII people became influenced by counter influences and  wised up and traditional values were restored to our nation.  And we prospered.  The weekly magazine Human Events is founded by Frank Hanighen and Felix Morley with a significant contribution from ex-New Dealer Henry Regnery. Ronald Reagan later says that the magazine “helped me stop being a liberal Democrat.”

Homelessness is the canary in the coal mine to indicate a healthy economy.

I’m convinced the private sector can be the biggest help to resolve the homelessness problem.  I am homeless and just received a call from someone associated with   The Way Home,  a private organization whose mission is to help people find homes.  I had met this person through one of the community meals for the homeless and those in need.

St. Mary Hospital, Langhorne, PA is working hard to help my friend and I with a place to stay and to get the care my friend with lung cancer needs.

One way we can help the homeless is to persuade hobophobic people that the homeless are not monsters — that they all are not thieves, aggressive panhandlers, drunks, druggies, muggers, etc.  This is a basic element of my blogs.  Another is Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, a nascent non profit to create homes for the homeless,  for which I am the publicist.  http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

We are moving forward with the non- profit.  We’re on a quest to acquire property to develop for the homeless.  We plan to recruit people with different talents to help.

Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad (Governor) Wolf

Isn’t clean energy and a healthy economy a good thing?

With natural gas, we can have both.

But PA Governor Wolf comes to our house and dresses up like a benevolent granny.

But Little Red Riding Hood is suspicious.

“Oh what big eyes you have for our money,” Granny.

“The better to plan for your future”, Wolf replies.

“Oh what a big mouth you have,” Granny.

“The better to tell you why I know what’s best for you,” says Wolf.

“Oh what big plans you have, ” Granny.

“The better to socially engineer your life,” explains Wolf.

“Oh what big taxes you have,” Granny.

And Wolf grabs his pen and he kills jobs with his tax on gas.

In the original version of Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf eats not only the grandmother, but Little Red Riding Hood.  In later versions, however, a woodcutter comes to the rescue and saves both granny and Little Red.

Like the woodcutter in revised version of LIttle Red Riding Hood, we the people need to ax the tax on natural gas before the Wolf can kill jobs in Pennsylvania.

Wolf’s additional, exorbitant tax will make the cost of doing business so high that it would send money to Harrisburg and deprive communities the fruit of the drillers doing business there and could drive these companies out of Pennsylvania.

Low taxes allows businesses like natural gas to thrive.  When they do, it not only creates much needed jobs, but lowers energy costs.  Low energy costs also translate to lowering the costs of other goods.

As was the case for the Great Depression, progressive policies, such as our big bad governor Wolf promulgates, creates poverty, which fosters homelessness, which is the subject of my blogs.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, like President Barry Obama, who is an FDR copycat, is bringing us a New Raw Deal.

In his blog The Government and The Great Depression, Chris Edwards, from the Cato Institute said “The Great Depression was a disaster, and sadly an avoidable one.” Evidently, George Santayana’s warning was not heeded. Since the prosperous time after we pulled out of the depression, progressives have been pushing our country towards another depression. It’s a remake of the “good old days”, with high unemployment, poverty, government handouts, high crime, immorality, government corruption, and rampant homelessness.  http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/notsogreat-depression

Today modern day hobos are out in the street, in places such as lower Bucks County, PA, where people skelter for shelter.

It’s a liberal lie that government intervention helps the little guy, everyday people. “Progressive” is probably a better word to describe those who hold the political philosophy that the government, through central planning (socialism) will ensure the welfare of its citizens better than a free market economy. “Progressive lie”, however, is not an alliteration. The term suggests that we should progress towards more government intervention and control in our lives in order to socially engineer a brave new world.

As Edwards points out, FDR’s New Deal “favored fat cats over average families.” The government catered to the large farms by having them even burn crops, while people go hungry, in order to reduce the supply to keep prices high. This hurt the little guy, such as the Joads, the characters depicted in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grapes_of_Wrath

Like Barack Obama, aka the Skinny Socialist, President Franklin D Roosevelt demonized business and free enterprise and prevented entrepreneurs from cutting prices, created scores of government jobs while the private sector diminished, gave out government handouts, and created public works projects.

Today in lower Bucks County, PA, modern hobos struggle to find a place to sleep and find work. People who suddenly become homeless in Bucks County are shocked to find that they can’t readily get into the local shelter. There is a long waiting list, and the stay is only temporary anyway. And work is hard to come by, especially for baby boomers, who make up a large chunk of the local homeless population.

During their homeless journey, the Joads found a homeless shelter. Like the one in Levittown, PA, it doesn’t have enough resources to care for all the needy families. And jobs, when they are found, pay low, and workers are taken advantage of. Both in the case of Okies such as the Joads during the great depression and today, where people find it hard to earn an honest living for an honest day’s pay, the problem was precipitated by government intrusion into the economy.

During the Eisenhower 50’s and JFK early 60’s, we overcame the harmful policies of FDR, and today we can overcome problems caused by progressive by cutting excessive regulation and taxes.  Stopping Wolf’s new energy tax is one way to accomplish this.

Homelessness today is in large part a result of progressive policies over the past few decades, as is the case in Bucks County, PA.

To help the homeless in Bucks County, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless was created. Our aim is to give the homeless the tools to help themselves. http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/#more-45529

Given the chance, many homeless will take advantage of a better deal, better than the same old raw deal falsely labeled “new” and “progressive”. Using initiative, taking personal responsibility and working hard is the way, the truth, and the light.

Stopping Wolf’s progressive policies such as Wolf’s proposed new natural gas tax will help the economy and help give the homeless more of a fighting chance to get back on their feet.