Hope For The Homeless?

Too much government regulation is feeding the homeless problem, said Janice Gallagher, a political candidate in Delaware, at a recent forum on the homeless, held at the Victory Church in Dover.  The church is the subject of controversy between neighbors, authorities and the pastor, homeless advocates, and the homeless.

“We are being smothered by regulations,” said Ms. Gallagher. “As I have been out talking to everyday people, what is holding so many things back are the regulations.

For the homeless people, and people without jobs, our community would be moving at a much quicker pace if we could get some of these regulations, not only from our state, but from the feds also, off our backs”, she concluded.

http://delawarestatenews.net/election-2016/candidates-victory-church-dover-use-forum-discuss-homeless-problem/

The Delaware state candidate understands one of the problems that fosters homelessness better than our state representative, Tina Davis, the Bimbo of Bucks County, PA. Onerous regulations create more unemployment and is an obstacle to getting things done.  The bimbo praised PA Governor Big Bad Wolf for banning new drilling on state lands.  She admitted that the drilling helps the economy but Augustly said that “protecting” the environment trumps the economy.

https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/01/29/gov-wolf-bans-new-drilling-in-state-parks-and-forests/

Unlike Bucks County, which has more vacant property than homeless people, the Kent County Delaware zoning office is willing to work with the Victory Church pastor and a homeless advocate to relocate the homeless, as the homeless encampment at the church violates zoning codes.

Bucks County is smothered by regulations, driven by hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless and by greed. This is holding back housing for the homeless in Bucks County.

Although the homeless camping at Victory Church are creating problems with their incessant noise at all hours, threats of violence, domestic violence, fighting, false fire alarms and zoning violations, Kent County is offering the homeless an alternative at a better site. It’s up to the homeless to accept the zoning office’s offer and to obey rules, just like anyone else.

The feds, as Ms. Gallagher mentioned, is another source that exacerbates homelessness. In lower Bucks County, the feds have fostered an inordinate number (about 100) of recovery houses, not one in Doylestown (county seat), but dumped them in Levittown and vicinity. Those do-gooder libs in Doylestown don’t want the problems of the lower end in their back yard!

Not only has crime increased in lower Bucks since the feds imposed the revolving door druggie flophouses on the community, but as a result, the so-called emergency shelter is overflowing, so much so that people needing emergency shelter have to wait months to get in!

Progressives, liberals, have fed homelessness. As radio talk show host Tom Marr said, “when you have liberal rule, you have more crime and poverty.” These are the ingredients that make homelessness.

Like her state clones, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a progressive, who wants more government regulation and wants to “tax the rich” in order to redistribute wealth and allegedly help the poor. She also wants to continue President BO’s war on coal, which creates more unemployment, poverty and raises fuel prices for all of us.

As I illustrated in my blogs about FDR’s New Raw Deal, progressivism hurts us all, except for the fat cat cronies of the liberal establishment, the special privileged characters. The New Raw Deal favored fat cats and hurt the little guy, like the Joads, the fictional family in realistic writer John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrathhttp://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-fdrs-new-deal-harmed-millions-poor-people

Today, there is more homelessness in blue, liberal states, such as New York, than in red, more conservative states such as Texas.

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results”, which is quoted in Narcotics Anonymous.

We can restore America if we get our heads out of dark places.

“At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.” -Daniel 4:36

We’ve Done It Before and We Can Do It Again!

In my last blog, I pleaded for America to hit the restore button.  Unless you are from Doylestown, PA, you know that I used that phrase figuratively. Cultures, like people, are not restored overnight, but gradually over time by saying and doing the right things.

Facebook has been a great avenue to advocate change – a campaign to restore our conservative, Christian values. For some time, I’ve seen lots of Christian and conservative photos with words and Christian links on Facebook. It’s good to know that good folks are exercising their 1st amendment rights.

People’s beliefs have won people over through persuasive outlets.

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

Another anti-communist message I like is a parody of the Pepsodent ad I heard.

The original 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

Nobody has come to take me away, at least not for speaking against the government (maybe men in white coats). There are people out there who don’t like what I’m saying, and it’s good my blog site is secure.

I have, however, been punished for expressing a view someone didn’t like. The Countess of Carlisle at the Salvation Army Community Center in Levittown PA and I had a different view of the homeless. I said that the harassment of the homeless at the public library in Levittown has to stop. The countess Augustly said that people who visit the library don’t like the homeless being there and that the librarian has unquestionable rule. I disagreed.

A woman from Salvation Army regional headquarters had offered me a job opportunity. I submitted a trial article to the Salvation Army via the countess. I didn’t hear anything for months, until  I ran into the woman who offered me the job  at the Levittown Community Center. She asked me if I was still interested in the job. As per standard operating procedures, I had to ask Captain Casper Milquetoast, the community center boss. As was the case before, he sent me to the countess who said “I don’t have time for that.” The job never materialized.

Another political joke I like is one told by President Ronald Reagan:

An American told a Russian “I have free speech in my country. I can stand at the top of the steps of the White House and shout ‘to H with the President of the United States’ and nothing will happen to me.”

The Russian said that the same is true in his country. “I can stand at the top of the steps of the Kremlin and shout ‘to H with the President of the United States’ and nothing will happen to me either.”

Skillful, passionate people have persuaded their fellow Americans of the bankruptcy and destructiveness of progressive policies such as The New Raw Deal. For example, the weekly magazine Human Events  founded by Frank Hanighen and Felix Morley with a significant contribution from ex-New Dealer Henry Regnery was very influential.  Ronald Reagan said that the magazine “helped me stop being a liberal Democrat.”  

People going to church and seriously reading their Bibles and Christian books such as by C.S. Lewis was also a winning salvo in the culture war.

In a video, Dr. James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, said that true liberals are in the minority, but they have money and power. Progressives propaganda has been infiltrating our public schools, the media, and other venues.

Today, however, we have more unfiltered sources of communication, such as Facebook, private blogs, and the Internet in general. This is a plus for Christian conservatives.

A member of The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in need (AHTN) asked me to blog for AHTN. Evidently, the management didn’t approve me. I think they know me well enough to know that I don’t just go along to get along. I try to tell it like it is, even if I risk slings and arrows.

“Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.” – Ephesians 4:25.

In other words, tell it like it is, man!

The 411 on Homelessness

On a warm humid night recently, I woke up about 2 a.m. Unable to get back to sleep, I took a walk to 7-11 to get some milk. On route, I saw someone sleeping on the sidewalk by Dunkin Donuts, which was closed. It looked like the person was sleeping on top of blankets or pads. It was too warm to be undercover. The zonked out person didn’t even stir as I passed by.

If I would have witnessed this about 2 ½ years ago, before I started associating with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA, I would have had a different reaction. Back then I would have just thought I saw a bum, perhaps sleeping off a drunk.

This may have been the case. Maybe not. Now I have a better understanding of homelessness than I did before. People are homeless for different reasons. One size does not fit all.

On that recent warm humid night, the thought that the sidewalk sleeper was sleeping off a drunk didn’t even enter my mind. I was just seeing someone who didn’t have a dwelling to lay his head.

The economy is one reason people become homeless. Many people simply lose jobs.

“Ah yes, seems we’ve been here before”, to quote W.C. Fields. Homelessness ran rampant during The Great Depression. Progressive rule caused and prolonged the depression. President Herbert Hoover was a progresssive and the depression started on his watch. Shanty towns, built by homeless people, were called Hoovervilles in his honor. FDR compounded and extended the depression with his New Raw Deal.

http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/tbb-0508-25.pdf

We pulled out of the depression after WWII, not because of the war but because we started implementing free market capitalism. Our society also became more moral, returning to the Christian faith.

But starting in the 60’s, progressivism reared it’s ugly head again. We also became less moral, turning away from God.

So here we are in 2016, where we have continued on a downward spiral and have become an Obama Nation.

The homeless community is just a reflection of today’s society, some of whose members have the same issues as other communities. In some cases, people’s irresponsible actions caused them to be homeless. Recently, a formerly homeless man said he acknowledged that his actions caused him to be homeless.  He then started out on a new foot, looked to God, and moved upwards.

People can change — if they are receptive to allowing people to help them help themselves. I’ve been trying to help a homeless woman who has cancer. She continues to smoke, consumes too much caffeine, which dehydrates her, and drinks too much alcohol, which kills her liver, especially on an empty stomach. Rather than limiting caffeine and alcohol (a little red wine with a meal is beneficial) and eating more, she does the opposite. She doesn’t want to end up in a nursing home, but she is putting herself there by her irresponsible behavior.

I’m a great believer in personal responsibility.

Progressivism absolves people of responsibility, as does much of modern psychology. I heard someone associated with the Salvation Army, who is in the mental health industry, say about a child molester, “it’s not his fault.” Wrong! It’s sin.

A healthy economy and morality go hand in hand. An immoral society cannot prosper.  A Christian cannot be a progressive, someone who is on the road, the wrong one, to socialism. Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius, a Latin term that means “the expression of one thing is the exclusion of the other”, like fire and water, applies here.

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

2nd Chronicles 7:14

Save us From the New Raw Deal

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
 George Santayana

 

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://crsdesignsinc.com/blog/the-government-and-the-great-depression-cato-institute/ 

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 Wrathhttps://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.

We overcame the harmful policies of FDR, and today we can overcome problems caused by progressives.  Voting for politicians who cut taxes and reduce excessive, draconian government regulation, working hard to improve yourself through education of by developing good, marketable skills will allow us to overcome.  And we shall overcome.

To help the homeless in Bucks County overcome, 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

And 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.