Homeless Red Ink

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I have a prediction.

Even though President Obama insists that all of the trillions in so-called “stimulus” spending will be expertly managed and masterfully allocated — of course, to only the most deserving and stimulating beneficiaries — lots of the hastily cobbled new spending will end up being wasted.

I’m afraid I cheated with this prediction. I already have an example in hand. The town of Union, New York, is slated to receive almost $600,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Why? To combat homelessness.

Problem? There isn’t one — that is, there isn’t a homeless problem in Union. Which is why the town does not have any programs for dealing with the homeless and it has no means of administering the money that’s been flung at it. Nor did the town request the funds. Town supervisor John Bernardo says, “We were surprised. We’ve never been a recipient before.”

A less honest man would have trucked in some homeless guys and warbled, “Thank goodness we’re finally getting these funds.” But what Union lacks, Washington provides: A HUD spokesman says the new grant recipients should employ “creative strategies” in figuring out how to spend the money.

So that more than half-million dollars will find a home somewhere — anywhere but the wallets it came from.

You see why I shake my head and say, “I could have predicted this.” This isn’t change. It’s more — way more — of the same.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Mar
    18
    11:03
    AM
    Rick Rund

    I have only 1 comment…..UNBELIEVABLE…..but I guess we should not be surprised.

  2. Mar
    18
    11:50
    AM
    marlene childers

    Just a thought—perhaps they could refuse the funds like some are beginning to do?

  3. Mar
    19
    3:05
    AM
    Celeste Ward

    Did Union officials do the right thing and not accept the offer?
    And if they did, where did the money get sent?

  4. Mar
    19
    12:53
    PM
    Pat Kunz

    Maybe they could give it to people with “toxic” mortgages, if they have any in Union – to prevent them from losing their homes. Otherwise, distribute the money to the taxpayers – spread the wealth. It’a what the president wants.

  5. Mar
    22
    8:26
    AM
    arthur huntsinger

    herz the deal–isend to conservatives i know and they respond by saying “see more of the same”…i send to liberals i know and they say, “its not something the right dont/didnt” do………?

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