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A Promise So Big, Democrats Arenít Sure How to Keep It
The Atlantic ^ | May 11, 2018 | Annie Lowrey

Posted on 05/13/2018 3:05:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Jawan Thompson still sounds incredulous at his luck: He has a job, and a good job.

“My first time being incarcerated, I was 15 years old,” he said. “Since then, I’ve been incarcerated maybe four or five times—you know, getting out, being around bad influences and not making positive choices.” After he was released from his latest spell inside a few months ago—his charges over the years have included armed robbery, burglary, and drug dealing—a community corrections officer told him that there was a program that would help him out with a paying gig. “I was like, ‘Nah, it’s too good to be true.’ There’s not too many places that want to hire people like me, especially not younger people.”

In Indianapolis, there was one. RecycleForce takes IT equipment, retail electronics, and medical devices and breaks them down for safe recycling and disposal. The nonprofit’s workforce is largely made up of individuals who used to be incarcerated, their wages subsidized by the taxpayer. In effect, Uncle Sam got Thompson a $9-an-hour job. And if Democrats on the Hill have their way, Uncle Sam will, in the coming years, get a job for anyone who wants and needs one, anywhere in the country, for any reason....

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; State and Local; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: democrats; jobs; sanders; socialism
Has no Democrat office-holder ever taken an economics course or read The Wealth of Nations?
1 posted on 05/13/2018 3:05:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Programs like this for offenders are probably a bargain if it keeps them from committing crimes and out of the judicial system.

But as a national policy to provide busy work for anyone, it's a recipe for failure.
 

2 posted on 05/13/2018 3:12:20 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie (MAGA in the mornin', MAGA in the evenin', MAGA at suppertime . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And when that fails, they will arm them as a national police force. The Dems will need a national police force to enforce all of the new laws they intend to pass, to fight:

- microagressions
- fat-shaming
- misapplied pronouns
- failure to provide trigger warnings
- gendering children before the age of two
- refusal of adult men to take testosterone blockers
- insufficient celebrations of diversity
- selective dating
- hiring only the compatence-privileged

Oh, I can hear you, “don’t be so paranoid, Oblomov...the Dems are crazy but not that crazy.”


3 posted on 05/13/2018 3:24:04 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The democrats saw Birth of a nation.


4 posted on 05/13/2018 3:24:11 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: oblomov

I wouldn’t put it past the dems to pass any one of those items on your list as a law. You don’t sound crazy to me.


5 posted on 05/13/2018 3:33:46 PM PDT by EvilCapitalist (It's Ok to be white.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All we need to do is to turn welfare into workfare. No benefits without a fair exchange of labor.


6 posted on 05/13/2018 3:42:46 PM PDT by MRadtke (Light a candle or curse the darkness?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you’re willing to work hard. Haha, the EBT crowd doesn’t know the meaning of work hard. Besides, they get more sitting on their butts than $9/hr.


7 posted on 05/13/2018 3:43:41 PM PDT by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng article. Eyes glazed over, but not before I realized it’s progressive bent.

This article provides us more insight into the progressive perspective, and the dangers to our culture that perspective demands we acquiesce.


8 posted on 05/13/2018 3:48:36 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Conservatives seek the truth. Democrats seek the power to dictate what truth is.)
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To: bgill

I worked for one of those electronics recycling and resale outfits.

10 bucks an hour and borderline sweatshop but that was the time wun, early on.

I got up to 12 but I quit and came back. Same crooks, same lies about the higher position. I quit a couple of months later.


9 posted on 05/13/2018 3:53:58 PM PDT by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Senator Atlas Shrugged.


10 posted on 05/13/2018 4:07:39 PM PDT by BipolarBob (All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can the workers be fired for absenteeism?, drug use? goofing off instead of working?


11 posted on 05/13/2018 4:09:35 PM PDT by dynachrome (When an empire dies, you are left with vast monuments in front of which peasants squat to defecate)
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To: dynachrome

In a Democratic union-controlled scheme? Hahahahaha!


12 posted on 05/13/2018 4:11:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In Cleveland there is a restaurant that hires ex-cons deliberately to get them into the work ethic, and then into the workforce. They learn specific work skills of food prep, and more general work skills like showing up reliably and not stealing anything. So far they have had some pretty good success.

Not all ex-cons want to stay stupid and re-offend, but many have no shot at getting hired and/or keeping a job.

13 posted on 05/13/2018 5:57:50 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Interesting article on Recycle Force from 2015:

https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/news-opinion/recycleforce-cant-lose/

Takeaway: Recycle Force needs funding to survive. It is not a profit making business.


14 posted on 05/13/2018 6:14:21 PM PDT by upchuck ("In America we don't worship government, we worship GOD" ~ President Donald Trump)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

Yeah, it would have to be work that actually needs doing. Separating things for recycling is not bad. Anything to do with managing our garbage, cleaning up our streets, that sort of thing... is not bad.


15 posted on 05/13/2018 6:20:17 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Democrats think The Wealth of Nations is pure evil.

They have read, and believe in, Das Kapital, unfortunately.


16 posted on 05/13/2018 7:37:53 PM PDT by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual hemlock)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“It is a trillion-dollar logistical puzzle, wrapped in a politically fraught stimulus effort, inside an experimental economic enigma.”

Nonsense! When everyone works for the government, it’s real simple: no none works for private industry and it’s called socialism or communism, and it never has worked. Ever.


17 posted on 05/13/2018 9:06:33 PM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: dynachrome

“Can the workers be fired for absenteeism?, drug use? goofing off instead of working?”

of course! but then they become unemployed and eligible for, you guessed it, ANOTHER government jobs with bennies and free medical care ...


18 posted on 05/13/2018 9:08:59 PM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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