Are you folks even vaguely aware of how much has been cut from federal housing programs the past three years? Far from doing anything for the recently homeless, we have moved rapidly in the other direction. All the problems Hillary Clinton mentioned in her visit to New York City public housing are the same as what we are experiencing right here in Charleston County. Electing some people who are aware and give a rat's ass would be a good start. Making a donation to SC Community Loan Fund and/or one or more of the non-profits that work with people in need of housing would be a good second step.
How about changing the tax laws to exempt from taxes people who build apartment buildings with lots of small apartments so the poor can afford the rents? Instead we have tax laws that provide advantage for people with mortgages. But that is not what the poor need, they can't afford to buy houses and get mortgages. They need small apartments with maybe $200 monthly rent. And close to their workplaces, so they don't have to commute for 3 hours, changing buses, and walking long distances, to get to work.
"Why are there any homeless?
50 years of LBJ's war on poverty..8 years of President Obama..and we are no closer to a positive permanent solution than when i was a teenager helping in the 70s. Thousands of millions of dollars... and?"
Because poverty is perpetual and unavoidable?
The least we can do is take care of their basic needs instead of feeding a burgeoning and wasteful military-industrial complex.
Nice job skipping lots of Republican presidents in your masterful timeline that have done fuck-all for impoverished and working families.
where is Leemajors offering his sound advice. I'm sure he would take in a few. He has faith in everyone and no one deserves to be left behind. No one! Yet we all know he is a liberal BS'er
The homeless could get one of those $56/hr internet jobs.
Why are there any homeless?
50 years of LBJ's war on poverty..8 years of President Obama..and we are no closer to a positive permanent solution than when i was a teenager helping in the 70s. Thousands of millions of dollars... and?
Why is that?
Come on ,my liberal friends, use that gray matter for more than a hat rack.
"My solution is to create an official safe, secure and sanitary tent city to house our lowest wage workers, somewhere within walking distance of downtown." - Dimitri Cherny
Sure. Care to volunteer and donate some of your own land? Who will be providing "storage, mailboxes, bathrooms, showers and shared cooking spaces" and collecting rent and paying for the utilities? You and your liberal democrat do-gooder volunteers? Or are you going to confiscate more of my hard earned income and redistribute it to people who don't even work or pay taxes and have chosen on their own to not participate in our modern civilization? When are democrats going to begin feeling sympathy for people who actually deserve it and stop sympathizing for deadbeats and criminals? If any of these tent city bumms wanted to work or do better for themselves there's already dozens of welfare and assistance programs for them to do it. You can bring a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
I believe that all the morally superior liberal democrat progressive neo-marxists who claim they are better than I am because they care about poor people and support the overlapping and expensive and wasteful welfare programs should open up their own homes and house these bums in their guest bedrooms. Too bad the liberals are too busy sipping wine glasses in their gazebos inside their gated backyards while I work two jobs and get my earned income confiscated before I get to cash my paychecks. I suggest pulling up some of our beautiful shiny city and county firetrucks and hosing these bums down into the Cooper River and wash them into the marsh pits so they can live with the crabs and crawfish and other creatures that live off the deposits of an otherwise productive ecosystem.
About a third of the people in tent city had jobs but couldn't afford Charleston rents. About another third had some sort of income or housing vouchers but couldn't find places to rent. The problem of "homelessness" is in large part a problem of safe, secure affordable housing near where people work. Business owners on the peninsula and in Mt.P are constantly facing the problem of finding people who can find reliable transportation to get to their companies because people in the service industry can't afford to live where the service industry jobs are. The trend is not good for either businesses or employees.
My solution is to create an official safe, secure and sanitary tent city to house our lowest wage workers, somewhere within walking distance of downtown. Include rules of behavior, storage, mailboxes, bathrooms, showers and shared cooking spaces, all for a reasonable low monthly rent. Perhaps gradually expand the area to include tiny houses. Instead of insisting everyone live in "standard" housing, recognize that some people would prefer to save more of their meager earnings instead of spending them on rent and never be able to get ahead. Without savings, we're all just slaves.
So what is the solution and who is going to pay for it? You? How many formerly homeless people are living with you? Or in apartments/houses that you pay for? How many of these folks are you going to hire at your business and pay them a "living" wage? I don't know what the best solution is but letting these folks live in tents was far from it. It did nothing to help them get out of a bad situation and added unneeded blight to the city. Moving them into some semblance of fixed housing with basic facilities and trying to assist them in finding employment and permanent housing is better than leaving them in tents as a banner to support some kind of 'more free stuff/capitalism sucks' cause. The city finally makes a positive step in getting these homeless people into some kind of housing and get them some kind of help to bring them out of their bad situation but it is never enough.
weavingdreams - 80k may be far fetched but a teacher with ten years experience and a Master's in CCSD makes a little more than $46k, add on 40% for benefit costs and you are looking at around $65k. A 20 year with the same qualifications is close to 76K. Deduct about 10% for either with just a four year degree.
Teachers do not get paid $80,000 a year, Joseph. Unless you're a winning football coach (maybe).
Charter schools for the most part are at least as bad, and some worse, than public schools.
I'd just love to see you try to teach...I bet you wouldn't last five seconds.
Yes, I HAVE taught, both in school settings and in museum settings. It's probably one of the most difficult professions around.
I'm reminded of a T-Shirt I saw (and really want). It reads: Those who can, Teach. Those who can't make laws about teaching.
" look at how school choice is gutting school systems"
1] Public Schools are not being gutted. $15,000/kid x 20 kids/class = $300,000/class. If teachers are getting say $80,000/year including benefits, where does the rest go? Of course the Obama Adm. did pay for about 15 new schools in Cleveland. But last I heard they aren't even being used.
2] In the case of "Private Schools", the parents still pay the school tax. What do parents using Vouchers pay? They probably get a "credit", but it's likely not fully subtracting from what the Taxpayers still pay.
3] The Public Schools do need to be gutted in many cases due to their inferior product. See Baltimore's and DC's. They need competition!
4] Vouchers and Charter Schools have been shown to work in improving
education. Yet the all-caring,"for the public good" Federal Gov't under Obama promptly eliminated successful programs in L.A. and DC almost as soon as they took office.
5] It's the Teacher's Unions that need to be gutted. Among other obvious problems, I heard a top executive chide us by saying, ~"People criticizing Teachers couldn't last 10 minutes trying to teach a class!" I could. I'd start by finding out who can't read yet, then teach them to read. My job would be set for an Eternity.
You write so simply, yet, too few get it. Concise without oversimplifying.
Comforting to know someone in print 'gets it'. Unfortunately too many of whom you are writing about are not!
...and the apathy of those that have is a shame... worse yet, the disdain and contempt are even more disturbing...
That is a false dichotomy.
There are no bread lines, and no doubt the economic policies of the Obama admin probably mitigated a legitimate impending global depression.
But I'd say that while the economic recovery was a net positive, it has disproportionately benefitted the wealthy and the impoverished are getting less for their money than they were 16-20 years ago.
Wage stagnation, unemployment and underemployment are driving those high food stamp levels and the recovery is much slower for the lower class.
But President Obama has done an awesome job and the stock market is up, housing has rebounded and unemployment is at an all time low, right? I thought everything was doubleplusgood?
Which is it?
'Don't worry, the percentage of Americans on food stamps is still at an all-time high. The success of the left in getting Americans dependent on the dole is not in jeopardy. Forward, comrade!'
Definitely not the fault of a gutted economy that was tanked by the rich for temporary profits. Nope, definitely not.
"Either you don't fully know about this subject or you decided to only tell half of it."
This would be more accurate if the "either" was removed and "or" replaced with "and."
Either you don't fully know about this subject or you decided to only tell half of it. Those who are disabled, such as mentally or physically and can't work will not be affected. You suggest otherwise. For liberals., the promise of welfare had always been to won elections and keep those on welfare under their thumbs and enslaved to the government.
"...it should be a wake-up call that wages in this country are now so depressed, and unions so defeated, that it now makes economic sense for the business owners to bring those jobs back here. The return of jobs to America isn't about patriotism; if it was, the jobs would have never left. It's a business decision, pure and simple."
True. Businesses do tend to make business decisions. Odd, isn't it? However, the reason for "near-shoring" isn't the decline of US wages, it's the increase in wages / standards of living in China and other overseas locations as well as supply chain disadvantages ("slow steaming" = slower ships = longer transit times).
Don't worry, the percentage of Americans on food stamps is still at an all-time high. The success of the left in getting Americans dependent on the dole is not in jeopardy. Forward, comrade!
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