Daily Archives: July 28, 2012

Government waste

In 2004 Californians passed a “millionaires’ tax” : 1% surcharge on top incomes to pay for treatment of mental illness. How’s that worked out? Exactly as you’d expect – money down a rat hole.

Voters approved Proposition 63, the so-called “millionaire’s tax,” in 2004 to make up for decades of mental health cuts. The ballot summary said it would “expand services and develop innovative programs” for the mentally ill and the text of the measure stipulated 20 percent of the funds would go to programs “effective in preventing mental illnesses from becoming severe” and “reducing the duration of untreated severe mental illnesses.”

$7.4 billion collected, billions spent on stuff like this:

The state has approved spending on acupuncture, art and drama classes, sweat lodges for American Indians, parenting courses for Spanish-speakers and massage chairs for students in Southern California. More than two dozen counties have spent money on anti-bullying programs and several have used it to fund horseback riding therapy, including a $944,843 program in Kings County.

Fresno County spent $315,000 on gardens for Hmong refugees. In San Francisco, Proposition 63 money pays for city workers with mental illness in their families to attend lunchtime yoga classes.

For three years, the Department of Mental Health paid someone $76,000 a year to work from home and recruit celebrities to promote a Proposition 63 anti-stigma campaign. The position, which also included interacting with local law enforcement, was cut in 2011 after the state auditor’s office determined it had been a waste of public funds.

Ron Henninger, former chairman of the Santa Clara Mental Health Department, said such spending means people with real mental illness have been “left on their own.”

“It’s almost like they were propping up other areas of the county with Prop 63 funds instead of directly taking care of the sick people,” he said.

 

The point here is not that government spending needs to be more carefully monitored, it’s that government spending is by definition the spending of someone else’s money on other people and thus no one cares how it is spent or where it goes. You can’t do anything about that, you can only stop feeding it. Starve the government.

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From the next mayor of NYC

The Great Leap Forward

The Cultural Revolution lands in New York

“We find the remarks made by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy to be repugnant and un-American,” writes Quinn in a petition she put up on Change.org. “In New York City, we stand up against intolerance and homophobia. We demand the Chick-fil-A executive apologize and change his position.”

Think about that for just a minute: “we demand the Chick-fil-A executive change his position”! This position – opposition to gay marriage – was the position held by the President of the United States less than six months ago. Now it will not be tolerated at all, and its expression calls for a public confession of error?

Councilman Christine Quinn is not just your run-of-the-mill lesbo whack job from New York City, she is widely expected to win the upcoming mayoral race and will be running the city next year. Will she shut down all stores operated by orthodox Jews, who consider homosexuality to be “an abomination”? Will she close the local falafel stands, run by muslims who consider homosexuality to be not only a sin but worse, a crime? Whose religion demands that homosexuals receive a “harsh beating” the first time they are caught in flagrante delicto and executed the second?

Perhaps she will, in which case we should see some fascinating law suits occupying her Honor’s time during the next few years. My guess, however, is that she will not – in NYC, only conservative Christians are politically powerless.

Sad to see, by the way, that the little brainwashed children who attend NYU have joined Quinn in her assault on free speech.

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He’d have made even more money had he also invented the Dust-Buster

William Staub, inventor of the home treadmill, dies at 96.

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The sad part is that Obama thinks he’s doing black kids a favor

Obama backs race-based school discipline.

President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

His July 26 executive order established a government panel to promote “a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”

See if you can follow the connection between that policy and this accompanying policy statement:

“African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” said the order, titled “White House Initiative On Educational Excellence.”

Refusing to discipline thugs will produce “highly effective teachers”? “Safe schools”? Challenging college-preparatory classes”? How?

I have a friend, a “highly effective teacher” who grew up on a Mid-western farm wrestling steers, who felt her calling was working with black kids in the inner city. She abandoned that calling after having her eye socket crushed by one very large teen-aged male and, after she’d recovered and returned, her jaw broken by an 8th Grade girl twice her size and twice as strong. Forget the teacher: how are the peers of these savage young “students” supposed to learn if they’ve terrorized and beaten every day?

I can’t even imagine Obama’s agenda here – it simply makes no sense.

 

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Heh again

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Good idea

Cops plan to question NYP detective after man found bound in detective’s garage. Sounds like that the cop’s a good place to begin the investigation – congratulations, fellows.

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Deadbeat bankers

They foreclose on condo units then neglect to pay association fees. Condominium ownership looks less  and less attractive these days as the risks rise – you’re at the mercy of your fellow homeowners to pay for maintenance and capital assessments and if those owners lose their jobs or are replaced by a national bank, you’re screwed.

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Your winnings, sir

Allo allo! Je suis “Charles”, and I will be your investment adviser tonight

Wall Street’s appetite for social media companies evaporates.  Well of course it has – even a dummy like myself could see this coming a year or more ago, so surely the whiz kids knew all along that they were dealing with a short-lived phenomenon. Doesn’t matter – they’re about trading, not investing, and money was made by all, I’m sure, but I wonder how many ordinary folk were sucked into the game via the TV “investment” shows and frantic calls from their stock broker?

That’s if there are any of those people left – someone has to be the last to get the news but can there be anyone still alive who doesn’t understand that the game is rigged?

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Unlike Democrat Blacks, Hispanics, gays, women and dogs

Pelosi: Republican Jews “being exploited”.

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