Alex Blaze

Queer homeless youth funding restored in NYC

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 06, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Christine Quinn, LGBT homeless, LGBT youth, Michael Bloomberg, money, NYC, queer

The city of New York has restored money that was cut from homeless youth services after Bloomberg decidedChristine-Quinn71991.jpg to care about LGBT people yesterday:

As a result of extensive negotiations over the past six weeks, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Finance Committee Chair Domenic M. Recchia Jr. today announced that the Council and Administration have reached a budgetary agreement on the Fiscal Year 2011 financial plan. The agreement will achieve the same level of spending reductions proposed by Mayor Bloomberg in the November financial plan, but will restore certain cuts that the Council believed would be particularly harmful.[...]

Youth Programs - runaway and homeless youth programs, serving youth who often have nowhere to turn for help, will be fully restored. Additionally, the number of available slots in other afterschool programs will be preserved.

It's great that the money was restored. The money came from cuts from other programs, which, from the titles, sound important as well, but at least they won't directly force people into the street.

Too bad raising taxes on the wealthy, of which NYC has plenty, has effectively been taken off the table. Why should they pay more when the little people can give up things like their homes?

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"Too bad raising taxes on the wealthy, of which NYC has plenty, has effectively been taken off the table. Why should they pay more when the little people can give up things like their homes?"

Oh, horrors, no!! After all, if NYC and the US in general are not able to create and support and nurture their multi-multi billionaires, how, I ask you with wringing hands, how, how, how, how will the rich be allowed to show their magnanimity towards us by showing up in soup kitchens on Thanksgiving and making flamboyant gifts to their favourite charities?

Tsk, tsk, Alex. You forget: the rich shall inherit the earth.

Only if they are meek.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | January 7, 2011 3:45 AM

State and federal income has fallen steadily and disastrously since 2007. 46 of the 50 states are in trouble. That crisis is just one of several ticking time bombs waiting to explode. Others are long term unemployment, a 'second tsunami' housing crisis and impending European bank failures.

"State's Severe Budget Shortfalls Could Lead To One Million Lost Jobs... A number of US states are facing serious budget shortfalls, and several are even in danger of insolvency... With With the deficit of US states in the tens of billions and the federal stimulus program set to expire in spring 2011, the dire financial straits some states are in could result in massive job losses nationwide and further slowdown the US economic recovery."

As socialists predicted immediately after the 2008 election, the central focus of the Obama administration rewarded the looter rich and impose austerity on working people.

States are reeling under the impact of the Depression. California, whose economy ranks slightly under France and is greater than those of Russia, Canada and Brazil: is "...facing a $19 billion budget deficit next year and had to raise tuition in the state university system by 32% to try and collect revenue.

Arizona sold off its state capitol, state Supreme Court building and legislative chambers to a group of investors that is now leasing them back.

Illinois... spends twice as much as it collects in taxes and is six months behind on a stack of bills totaling $5 billion. ...legislators are getting evicted from offices because the Illinois government failed to pay the rent. "

Obama is in no mood to help. "The Obama administration has turned back pleas for emergency aid from one of the biggest remaining threats to the economy -- the state of California.

Top state officials have gone hat in hand to the administration, armed with dire warnings of a fast-approaching "fiscal meltdown" caused by a budget shortfall... ... federal officials are worried that a bailout of California would set off a cascade of demands from other states."

The solution is simplicity itself.

1) a constitutional amendment mandating the nationalization, without compensation, of failing banks and companies and their reorganization as economic democracies.

2) draconian enforcement of existing laws to confiscate the wealth stolen by the looters and repeal of the Obama tax breaks for the rich

3) a constitutional amendment guaranteeing socialized medicine, good housing, a full education and incomes and benefits at trade union wages for all workers, unemployed and underemployed workers, retired workers and students.

Guess which two parties will fight to the death to prevent that solution.