Grabbing national attention today are the 3200 problems with North Carolina’s Medicaid computer program, purchased for $484 million.
A bunch of public policy is illogical, rooted in impossible dreams like the infinite, yet non-existent supply side to economics. That said, there is a slim possibility that the computer programmers government is hiring to write its Health and Human Services software must bend programmers’ logic to comply with project specifications. However, I am more inclined to risk erring on the side of safety, and suppose things are proceeding in accordance with that diabolical scheme to gift another 1/6 of the economy to the federal government.
I would like to give Asheville Police Officer Jeffrey Rollins and the city’s PIO Dawa Hitch heaps of gratitude for their assistance with a weighty, proper role-of-government issue tonight.
State Senator Dan Soucek (R-Boone) hosted a meeting to mine constituents for ideas on how to change education policies. Soucek then told people they could not record the event electronically:
“These are private citizens, teachers, parents, and I wanted this to be a safe environment, where they felt safe that we could have a robust conversation that wouldn’t show up somewhere where it would defame them,” Soucek said.
Reportedly, the sheriff’s department did not think the forum was open enough to be an open meeting. Watauga’s county attorney could not comment.
This was not all:
Soucek said some who attended the event were paid by liberal groups such as the Democratic Party, the NAACP or MoveOn.org and were expected to be disruptive.
“It’s disappointing, because it’s not democracy, it’s — I have a lot of words I could use,” he said.
The first group denied paying anybody, and the other two could not be reached for comment.
The poor state has no money for teachers. Schools and children will suffer. But, unlike Rush Limbaugh’s industrialists who have no stash of cash in the back; the state does. It can give the City of Asheville $100,000 for a greenway and $500,000 for a playground, sprayground and more greenway for a community center. Now, seriously. If you had a choice, would you rather have a green and sprayed child or an educated one?
This is the kind of stuff that annoys me. First of all, I’d like to say the people working for Mountain Housing Opportunities are all very nice. I just don’t like how the organization operates. Lots of us would like to do a lot of good things if we had a lot of money. MHO manages to do so by writing grants. If the grants fail, MHO can take advantage of loopholes made by lobbyists who want privileges. By privileges, I mean the ability to dodge regulations that, if not necessary for some, are not necessary for all. That leaves the little guys without pull jumping through loops and paying more taxes and fees to make up the difference for the exempted ones. And, although our elected leaders are very intelligent, they pretend not to yet grasp the concept of (1-x) + x = 1.
On Asheville City Council’s consent agenda are requests from MHO to (1) change the drawdown schedule for a HUD loan they received, against the advice of HUD; and (2) waive their project management RFQ process. The option to waive the RFQ was made possible by legislative amendment this year.
As if downtown Hendersonville isn’t economically developed enough, city council approved a four-month study of Seventh Avenue. The consultant is charged with:
- Establishing strategic direction and priorities of redevelopment within the district.
- Developing financing and incentives options to encourage private investment in the district.
- Evaluating the cost and benefits associated with financing tools/incentives including possible expansion of the Historic Seventh Avenue District.
On a related topic, the city wants to corral buskers into street corners. Perhaps the council members have a thing for four-way cacophony, or maybe a spike in jay-walking is needed to boost city revenues. Police Captain Bruce Simonds observed a proliferation of street players following the city’s lifting of a ban on them. No generalizations are allowed to extrapolate this isolated instance of deregulation to anything else.
A while back, town board members in Forest Hills scoffed at an offer for them to go into massive debt to purchase a golf course. Now, an entrepreneur is suggesting the city merely partner with him to buy it and create an organic farm/events venue.
I love music. I have blogged to the Scorpions, Steve Vai, Chicago, and the Moody Blues. I can crank up the acid and soul, but right now, Bread is playing in the background, and it is scrambling my brains. I can’t even proof simple English.
This is horrible! Those wicked taxpayers aren’t paying double income taxes, and they’re complaining about the expanding national debt. As a result, poor people will have to freeze, because there isn’t enough federal funding this winter to tend to the general welfare and heat the homes of the good folks of Buncombe County.
But wait! The same article that provided that setup also says:
Jim Holland, director of Buncombe County Health and Human Services support team, said local organizations do have flexibility for people in crisis.
Holland also said Buncombe County will actually have more money overall to help families with their heating bills this year. The county is getting more funding through the Federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP.
Personally, I’m loving global warming. It’s 9:00 p.m. I’m in the office with the windows open, and my fingers aren’t falling off. Whee!
But not everybody agrees. Over three hundred people have pledged to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience in Western North Carolina if the POTUS gives the go-ahead for the Keystone XL pipeline. Participants have already had their first training session. Participants will include newbies as well as activists who ride the revolving door of the criminal justice system. And, for those of you who think liberals want to save the whales and abort the humans, be it known the Pledge of Resistance states:
All of us are concerned that if KXL is approved, climate change will become catastrophic for our children and grandchildren.
For the record, I continue to think it is asinine to lobby for or against natural laws.