sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Hand-out Gone Wrong in Detroit

A Day Late/A Dollar Short
Police in Michigan struggled to control a crowd of thousands of black people who waited to receive Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. Some call it a riot but since nobody shut off their Obama Phones, it didn't reach that level.

The civil insurrection began on Saturday morning at the Wayne County Family Health Services Center on Eureka Road, between Beech Daly and Inkster roads in Taylor — where thousands black people were waiting to get housing vouchers, many who had been waiting outside in the cold since the night before.

According to reports, only 1,000 vouchers were available for distribution. An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people were in attendance and each and every one wanted their government hand-out.

Garbage litters the ground at a human services building in Taylor where thousands of people rioted when a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher distribution event was cancelled. "It looks like the presidential inauguration after all of the Democratic Party faithful left."

One rioter said, "When the lights went out, it went horrible. People started trampling over people, there was a disabled lady that was in a wheelchair and they was trying to knock her over to get in front of her. I mean, just crazy,"
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the government on behalf of the participating family, which then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
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Another Debt Limit Increase (Good/Bad?)

Many people are beginning to question whether or not President Obama's move to restrict firearms ownership further is simply a diversion to keep people's minds off our overwhelming national debt. I have declared my home to be a "Gun Free Zone". Only the guards are armed. 

As a token of my commitment to end violence, I've pulled the teeth of my doberman pincer, Spike, who now only slurps down soft food. (sorry PETA, you can't have it both ways.)

Now that I am safely disarmed, I can move on to the issue at hand -- national debt. The Democratic party feels that the national debt limit should be raised by two trillion dollars with no rational plan to deal with America's spending problem. Progressives blame the Republicans, but the Democrats have presided over the largest spending increase in American history and they want to keep that ball rolling.

President Obama Speaks out:
"Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit."  -- Then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), in a March 16, 2006 floor speech explaining his decision to oppose a request to increase the federal debt limit, then set at $8.2 trillion.
Well, he did -- once, back a long time ago when the debt was literally HALF of what he jacked it up to today. I find that I don't agree with Barack Obama very often, but I find myself in complete agreement with the "old Obama" who felt that the debt limit shouldn't be raised.

And what about passing a national budget? Aren't the Democrats even interested in trying to do that. Will we simply "deem a budget as passed" for the next four years?