Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Don-ito Trump-olini", Failed Democracy/State, Euthanasia & the CCNV Shelter

The last 19 months (beginning in June 2015) should have taught anyone who pays attention to the doings of government (which, sadly, is not everyone) that America is becoming more openly fascist, that the U.S. is a failing democracy (or, worse yet, a failing state), that the GOP is trying to implement a passive form of euthanasia and that various social services at all levels of government are designed to fail. Knowing these things should cause any person of conscience to swing into action -- which I'm proud to say some people have already begun to do 
As the least popular president-elect in recent history was inaugurated, many people around the world protested -- some quite vehemently. The very next day, at least a half million people -- mostly women -- protested his treatment of women and vowed to keep the fight alive. Though the attendees of the Women's March didn't seem to coalesce around a shared goal of preventing the implementation of fascism in the U.S., they were in fact coming out against one of its tenets.
"Donito Trumpolini" and fascism in America
Benito Mussolini is probably the first name to come to most people's minds when they hear the word "fascism". People know that he fought in World War II, was quite brutal and eventually was beheaded along with his wife. It's less likely that anyone can tell you that there was a general malaise in Italy due to lingering conditions from World War I, that Italians had declared a general strike and that it was Mussolini's goal to make people work for and submit to the monarch. He was not a hero to the populace, but rather a tyrant.

In neighboring Germany, Adolf Hitler was seen as a hero for removing Belgium from Germany's Ruhr Valley which they had occupied in an effort to exact payment of war debt from World War I. Though Hitler has gone down in history as a tyrant, it is easy to forget that he was initially seen as a hero by the Germans -- as was Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he ordered that Japanese Americans be interned. Though Hitler belonged to the National Socialist German Workers' Party, some would argue that he was more like a fascist. I'd submit that they might be confusing a "fascist" with a "dictator". Fascists are generally dictators; but, not all dictators are fascists.

Now that Donald Trump has assumed the office of POTUS, he has begun to rule by executive order -- seeming to sign a new one for every day that he's in office -- this being day 11. That makes him something in the way of a dictator but doesn't make him "Donito Trumpolini". However, the business interests that he brought into the White House and the campaign promises that he is actually keeping give us the space to label him a staunch fascist. Before I go any further, let me lay out for you the 14 tenets of fascism as set forth by Dr. Lawrence Britt in October 2011:

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.
2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. 
3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.
5. Rampant sexism. 
6. A controlled mass media.
7. Obsession with national security.
8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.
9. Power of corporations protected.
10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.
12. Obsession with crime and punishment.
13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
14. Fraudulent elections.

It would seem that, with Trump being no Emperor Constantine I, he has not mastered item number eight -- giving him a 93% score when it comes to being a fascist. (That, coincidentally, is also the percentage of DC residents who voted for Clinton -- making him quite unwelcome here.) Though Trumpolini's fascistic characteristics are self-evident upon viewing the above list, his other similarities to Benito Mussolini might require some explaining.

1 -- Like Mussolini, Trumpolini rose to power on the wings of a general malaise. However, Trumpolini promised to be a hero in the rite of Chancellor Hitler, rather than a suppressor of dissent like Mussolini -- initially, anyway. The length to which he'll go to squash dissent remains to be seen, though it was the local police -- not the military -- which took steps to hand down felony charges to people who damaged property while protesting his inauguration, some now looking at possible 10-year sentences. The "Donito" acknowledged the complaints of many Americans during his 17-month campaign -- complaints that could fit nicely into a fascistic agenda and which wouldn't raise any red flags in people's minds, by reason of their appeal as immediate solutions to widely shared concerns.

2 -- During World War II workers were needed and Mussolini was a glorified slave driver. Technology is quickly making workers obsolete. This, in turn, eliminates any need for government or corporate management to compromise with laborers; as, corporate America is always looking to lay off a few more workers and replace them with technology that never complains. In their race to the bottom, these corporations can still move overseas where there is less regulation. Trumpolini has begun to take steps to keep companies here and will likely woo many into staying by  further deregulating American business -- which would allow corporations to become the slave drivers. So long as there are homeless people in the wealthiest nation on Earth, business owners can draw the attention of those demanding fair pay and decent working conditions to the man sleeping on the sidewalk right outside of the office and then telling the complaining employee that they are welcome to join this poor soul if they don't like what the company offers.

Failed democracy
Those who did not vote in the general election for Hillary Clinton or a third-party candidate must live with the thought that they helped to create a monster and to seat him in the White House -- the latter of which even Dr. Frankenstein wouldn't do. In essence, those who didn't want to vote for the lesser of two evils helped to ensure that we got the greater evil -- or the more overtly fascist one anyway. Though it's true that Clinton won the popular vote and lost in the electoral college, it stands to reason that she would have won both if all eligible voters had voted -- whether their votes were actually "for" her or "against" Trumpolini. Some would argue that she was also a deadly poison -- just a different kind. In any instance, America has picked its poison.

What's more is that we can't say that we didn't know what to expect. Trumpolini is keeping his campaign promises. He has taken the initial steps to begin the congressional and public discourse around matters like building a wall along the Mexican border and banning Muslims in seven countries (whose people have not attacked us in recent history) from entering the U.S. -- while allowing Muslims from countries that have indeed attacked us to continue entering. (He has business interests in Saudi Arabia from which the 9/11 pilots came. Go figure.) He'll supposedly protect America from non-violent Muslims and from the violent ones in countries where he doesn't have any current or future business interests while homegrown terrorism from Oklahoma City to Orlando, Florida continue -- allowing the U.S. to fall of its own weight.

The same lack of logic among Americans that caused us to narrow a field of almost two dozen candidates down to the worst one also causes people to settle for the false sense of security that "the great dumb-agogue" offers. This speaks volumes to the failures of the educational system which teaches students "what" to think instead of "how" to think -- effectively turning the population into fleshly robots, even as we are replaced in factories by steel robots. Poor education has made Americans more emotional than rational, which has enabled a demagogue to rise to power by satisfying the very basic and converse emotions of fear and a desire for safety. Trumpolini's demagoguery had only to ensure safety and now he has been given full run of the house so as to destroy our system from within. (It's no wonder that, as I stated in my previous post, Trumpolini has consistently opposed all things intellectual and scientific.) Non-thinking, emotional, one-issue voters helped get us here. Maybe now they'll study social theory and engage in meaningful conversation about politics and governance -- so as to make their next presidential vote a much more informed choice. (This assumes that their right to vote isn't taken away before November 2020.)

Passive Euthanasia
Societies are built on systems of production and expropriation of goods. Some of those goods are necessities of life, while others are luxuries or things that humans have lived without for over 5,000 years since God made the world. Being as paying all workers high wages could lead to us needing a wheelbarrow of money (or a nine-figure debit card payment, in the age of technology) just to buy a loaf of bread, government should factor in "necessary poverty" and ensure that it is a state of being wherein the lowest-paid workers have only what they need -- but ALL that they need -- affordable housing, a housing-wage job, nutritious food, affordable healthcare, peace of mind and a sufficient means for dealing with unpredictable emergencies. The list goes on. When a society doesn't guarantee that a single full-time job can pay the bills, its people need a sizeable social safety net --a smaller one if all able-bodied people are guaranteed housing-wage jobs.

Trumpolini and the current congress have already taken to creating policies of "passive euthanasia" by expediting the destruction of the social safety net that we've had for just over 80 years in this country. That destruction can be traced back at least as far as the Clinton administration with its failed "Welfare to Work" program that failed to take into consideration the fact that modernization had already been destroying jobs for at least 20 years at that time -- thereby requiring a growing populace to enter a shrinking job market. Under Trumpolini, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development might begin to be de-funded by 10% per year for the next 10 years. Neither Trumpolini nor Ben Carson supports enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. Republicans are united in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act -- and might even replace it, though you shouldn't hold your breath waiting.

It would seem that this administration and Congress seek to eliminate the social safety net altogether. After all, there is no need for any fascist capitalist to bargain with expendable workers. It goes back to the age-old concept of supply and demand. Capitalists will purchase the labor they need by offering pay, benefits and other amenities to the workers. Those whose labor they don't need they'll just let die, while failing to recognize that they are also shrinking their market insomuch as the workers were also consumers. Therein lies one of the contradictions of capitalism -- letting the unneeded members of the "working class" die and thereby shrinking the market.

It's worth noting that Trumpolini's threat to pull federal funding from all sanctuary cities means that DC could lose a large chunk of the $3B dollars that it gets annually from Congress -- getting another $10B from local taxes. In short, the loss of one-tenth to one-fourth of its budget will lead to some portion of the social safety net being de-funded and destroyed. (We might not have all of the details about the FY 2018 budget until June 2017. There will be much anxiety until then.) Chances are that supports for the disabled will be retained in their entirety while the Bowser admin will have ample reason to pull back supports for job seekers whose work isn't worth six figures or something close to it.

The CCNV Shelter
DC's Community for Creative Non-Violence homeless shelter was created in the late 1980's through the direct action of a group of Vietnam-era vets who'd renounced violence. Through the use of Trotsky-ist antics, they pressured Ronald Reagan into converting a vacant federal building into a homeless shelter which has held as many as 1,700 beds, though its capacity has been reduced to about 1,000 beds -- in spite of DC's growing homelessness.

With upwards of 60% of the remaining residents being able-bodied and needing employment assistance of a better sort than what Bill Clinton offered, it has been next to impossible to get city officials (or the U.S. Dept. of Labor which sits right across the road) to make any robust effort to connect any of these people to jobs. DC's continuing emphasis on housing the disabled (an effort that began in late-2008) is both a moral policy of helping the helpless AND an immoral excuse that is intended to cover-up their reluctance to assist "working-class" people who might never become the high earners that city officials seek to attract. Unlike the terrorist-harboring Saudis, these poor Washingtonians don't have much to offer to the capitalists -- Trumpolini, Congress, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, the DC Council or otherwise.

With DOL sitting to the south of the shelter, there is a ginormous, 2.2 million sq. ft., $1.3B construction project that will take until some time in 2023 to complete sitting to its north. No homeless person from the shelter has been hired there, though many have inquired about employment.

The building that houses the CCNV Shelter is owned by the city, having been transferred to them by the feds. The city pays CCNV to open up its 250 hypothermia-only beds on freezing nights. The remaining year-round beds are run by volunteers. This makes CCNV the cheapest shelter in the city. This leaves me to wonder if CCNV will be kept open in spite of any expected Trumpolini-induced budget cuts. Then again, it sits right on the edge of Capitol Hill; its value will be increased by the construction across the road and land to build on is becoming scarce in DC -- all of which give capitalists reasons to push for the demolition of a building that was built in 1940 and is only four stories high in a part of town where other buildings are 10-stories high. The developer-in-chief or his cronies might find a way to push for CCNV's demolition -- especially since he is so unpopular in this town.....and so vindictive.

In closing.....
The fascist dictator who recently came to power in our failing democracy might soon implement policies of passive euthanasia that lead to the loss of a social safety net and conditions similar to what was seen during the Great Depression. It's fair to say that, when Trumpolini gives America a cold, DC will get pneumonia. So, when you activists from other parts of the country come to DC to protest Trumpolini and the situation that he is putting the country in, connect with the locals and learn as much as you can about the even worse situation that we will soon have here. Even so, come and mobilize against Trumpolini.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser & Donald Trump: "Tearing it Down" Like 2 Peas in a Pod ('buridiocy")

Now that Donald Trump is occupying the White House (as our first "non-president"), many people have taken to expressing their fears on social media. Others, like myself, want to understand what types of damage he'll do and to see what we can do in the way of a "pre-emptive strike" -- like those that Bush 43 initiated against Saddam Hussein in a "buridiotic" war to stop him from using the WMD's that he didn't have in the first place. Though it might seem to be an impossible feat, I've been able to find a method to Trump's madness. In short, he's the "developer/mayor-in-chief". He seems to support the fascistic policies that have become all too common among local governments in the "Untied" States and he'll use the federal government to enforce them and bring about more of the same. Imagine a mayor and a developer working together to operate a tank and you've got the Donald.

For some years now, various American cities have outlawed sharing food with the homeless in parks and other public places; have used money that would've been better spent on housing and employment efforts to instead do all that they can to make a homeless person's life more difficult than poverty alone ever could, and have arrested people for sleeping in public -- even when they had no home or access to shelter. (This was considered torture when American soldiers did it to Iraqi captives -- one of the practices that Trump might bring back, if he has his way.) From Orlando to Budapest the homeless and those who help them have gone to jail (which some cities use as shelters anyway) or been fined for satisfying basic human necessities -- whether their own or someone else's  -- and even if they're 90 years old. (I've witnessed it first-hand in Orlando.) We are NOT a Christian nation.

Just days after Trump's "in-dog-uration", a Facebook friend posted a comment in which he explained how Rudy Giuliani worked on behalf of Donald Trump and others in the business community to clean the streets of Manhattan of the eyesores called "homeless people". The police could mandate that a homeless person go to a shelter or go to jail. Shelters could mandate that residents enter into work programs -- a rule that DOES have moral underpinnings. If the homeless didn't remain in and fully comply with the rules of the work program, they could be ejected from the shelter and return to the streets where they were again at risk of arrest if they didn't enter shelter. (I won't address the employment challenges of the homeless here and now; but, suffice it to say that laziness and incompetence are not the only reasons that a homeless person might not obtain and retain employment. Click the previous hyperlink.) Long story short, mayors and other city officials in the "Untied" States often treat homeless people like animals who are in the way of business -- like rats in a restaurant.

"To the capitalist, the poor are obstacles standing in the way of businesses and of making a profit. To the Socialist, deregulation is the obstacle standing in the way of making businesses spend some of their profit on the poor. To the Communist, the profit motive is altogether greedy; "poverty" (the good kind) is a state of having only what one actually needs and the workers ARE the business -- both the producers and the consumers. Be a Communist -- like Christ."
Though some of my fellow Leftists seem to have the logic of a lemon (or of Trump -- as if there's a difference), I do my best to avoid using irrational, emotion-based sensationalism that can easily be shot down. That said, we know that it is developers who build cities and that no mayor can totally dismiss them. Mayors and developers have a symbiotic relationship (but, the two are rarely met in the person of a president). Though any local police force can undoubtedly outgun any developer, any city would deteriorate without builders and wouldn't remain much of a city thereafter without its builders. It is this type of stalemate out of which the fascistic marriage of government and business is born. "If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em." This same dynamic is at work when it comes to weapon developers and the federal government. Mr. Trump, by the way, just went from being the businessman who was accustomed to local government being a willing servant that was at his beckon call, to "heading"(?) a government while probably hoping that the business community -- replete with the weapon developers he'll need in order to fight ISIS -- won't now use his former tactics against him. If Trump's friendship with Vladimir Putin and his having offered cabinet positions to multiple GOP opponents are any indication, Melania will soon envy the love and affection that Lockheed Martin gets from her husband as he forges a militant marriage of convenience.

The title of this post says that "DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Donald Trump [are] 'Tearing it Down' Like 2 peas in [the] pod [of] 'buridiocy' (bureaucratic idiocy)". Now to defend that statement. It's not hard to see that a developer-turned-chief-executive would have a few things in common with a chief executive who kowtows to her local developers. Given the number of executive orders that Donald Trump signed during his first few days in office and the control that various DC mayors -- including Muriel Bowser -- afford developers, I'm guessing that the Trump-Bowser relationship will not be anything like the Clinton-Lewinsky relationship. It's more likely that Trump will be a "politically abusive husband" and Bowser will be that wife who stays, complains about the political butt-kicking and seems to be loving every minute of it -- because she stays...in contact and in a "working" relationship with the non-prez. After all, she'll be able to blame various draconian, gentrifying policies on the Trump administration in much the same way that she blamed former mayor Vince Gray for the 14% increase in homeless people during her first year in office. She'll be able to complete the local business community's 20-year plan for gentrification while blaming the non-president who (like an abusive husband) won't heed her cries anyway. In the meantime, the average ignoramus will sympathize with the mayor as she laughs them to scorn. That said, their political marriage is one in which the wife is the devious but rational one, while Trump (like an abusive husband) is both the victim of rabid emotion and the more powerful partner -- these two attributes of his not being good bedfellows.

It would seem that the singular area in which Trump has been most consistent is his total disdain for all things intelligent. As president-(s)elect he said that he wanted to close the U.S. Dept. of Education. He has also denied the findings of 17 intelligence agencies that indicated that Russia hacked the DNC website. He denies the science of climate change; and, as if the feds going after the likes of Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden were not enough, Trump has taken to all but dismantling the EPA lest it tell any more truths about how we are destroying the planet.

The non-president has thus far proven to be even better at implementing policies of "buridiocy" in his current home of Washington, DC -- but not beyond 1/20/21, hopefully. He's already taking steps to reverse the DC law that previously forbade common citizens from owning handguns and more recently was altered so as to place very stringent restrictions on handgun ownership. Oddly enough, he also wants to reverse a new local law that allows for assisted suicide. Let's also factor in that, in the past couple of years the DC Jail has not been full to capacity, due to the decriminalization of marijuana, which has led to discussions around bringing more educational and job-training programs into the space that is no longer being occupied by inmates. Finally, let's consider that, in the past three or so years, I've not had my subway ride interrupted by a suicidal jumper in another station.

Taken together, this means that, while very ill people won't be allowed to have their suffering ended by a doctor, many more unsuspecting victims will have their lives ended by murderers who then fill the empty beds at the jail and force the educational and employment programs back out -- part of a national trend, by all means. All of this will give DC's bourgeoisie and elitist class -- as well as the mayor -- all the fodder they need to disparage the poor and to say that the city has done all that it can and should do for its poor, respectively. This will serve as justification for de-funding and eventually dismantling social services -- which the Trump administration and current congress are already working on at the national level.
I'm guessing that the DC will figure out by mid-June 2017 that Congress has cut so much of the $3B that the city gets from the feds -- out of a $13B budget -- that the DC Council won't be able to replace the entirety of lost federal dollars for social services with local dollars. Muriel Bowser will have a legitimate reason for cutting some social services. However, that won't excuse her for liking it, failing to fight it effectively or taking other steps whereby to expedite the process of gentrification.
Muriel Bowser, as the smarter wife, doesn't come out so blatantly against intelligence. She's more underhanded and manipulative -- and thus, more difficult to figure out (like any wife who remains with an abusive husband -- real or political). But don't be deceived by her cute smile or her considerable display of charisma. She's counting on the general public not to ask the right questions -- questions that would tease out her intentions. In 2046 when she turns 74, she'll watch the news about the last of her leases for smaller family shelter expiring, call former mayor Fenty whose protege she is and exclaim in the words of Rocky, "Yo Adrian, we did it!!!". In the more immediate future, she'll take her kickbacks from developers for vacating the valuable DC General Hospital-turned-shelter -- irrespective of whether or not she gets re-elected (which no mayor has done since I moved to DC in 2005).

Bowser is, no doubt, elated that the elitists who are coming out against her family shelter replacement plan aren't yet asking what will become of the vacated hospital and may be hoping that they never will. As the non-president whom she politically (albeit secretly) espouses takes active steps to tear down anything that represents intelligence or critical thought, the "victimized" wife is likely glad for the dumbing down of America and the apparent distraction that abides less than five blocks from her office. Two peas in a pod. Let's not forget that Adrian Fenty (who gave Bowser her political start) planned to make DC a "world-clASS city when he took office in 2007 and then lost his re-election bid -- at least, in part, due to ignoring racial and income disparities. (It remains to be seen as to how much more her legacy will mimic his.)

So, we have a non-president who is tearing down all things intelligent and whose executive orders may lead to him single-handedly eradicating the remnant of credibility and respect that the "Untied" States have in the world. He might even be given the go-ahead by Congress to carpet bomb ISIS into oblivion and further destabilize the world with an endless war on terror. Bowser just wants to give away a piece of public property so that it can be torn down, as she waits for Trump-induced budgetary constraints to give her the reason she so desperately wants and needs in order to justify tearing down the remnant of DC's social safety net. Tearing it down together. Two peas in a pod.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Start FORCING an End to DC Homelessness Through Housing-Wage Jobs

The following is a testimony that I, Eric Jonathan Sheptock, plan to read at multiple hearings during the budget season for FY18.

Dear Chairperson,

In late 2012 I was one of several people who met with Chapman Todd to discuss the future of the then-1,350-bed CCNV Shelter. On January 13th, 2013 I sent a FOIA request to the feds in order to obtain information about the property transfer from the feds and the accompanying covenant. That led to the 6/27/13 CCNV hearing and a nine-month long task force from October 2013 to July 2014. Other advocates were part of the effort and dozens of well-paid city officials as well as non-profit employees attended the many task force meetings.

In July 2014 the DC Council (which Muriel Bowser was part of) passed a law that set forth the 17 guiding principles that a mayor would have to adhere to if he or she were to close the current site of the CCNV/Federal City Shelter. Congress passed it in December 2014. This law, while it ALLOWS the sitting mayor to close CCNV/FCS, actually MANDATES that comprehensive services be brought to the site irrespective of a closure.

In August 2015 I began asking about the Bowser admin’s plans for CCNV and was told that there were none. I’m not pushing for a closure of the shelter OR to keep it open. I AM pushing for closure to a four-year conversation and to have services that are geared toward connecting the able-bodied homeless people to housing-wage jobs which the five-year plan called “Homeward DC” put at $28.25/hr [for a full-time worker without a family in 2015]. My intermittent prodding on an issue that would otherwise be forgotten has led to there being a considerable amount of tension between certain members of the admin and myself. (I admit that I have not always been nice about it; but, I maintain that meanness is often in order, given the unwillingness of the admin to follow through on this matter.)

I was appalled by the reaction that I got when I brought up the future of CCNV. I wrote a blog post in mid-October 2015 in which I suspected that the mayor had plans to close CCNV and would not divulge her plans publicly until six months or less before the closure -- when it was too late to stop the freight train. Days later I had a phone call with an administrator who told me that I needed to be careful as to what I said about the mayor. I edited the post in accordance with our conversation. At any rate, I didn’t get the sense that this administrator was upset by the long and protracted process around CCNV’s future or by the lack of communication with over 1,000 homeless constituents who are ever-anxious in lieu of that very process. Neither does she seem to be upset about the fact that many well-paid city officials and non-profit employees across four admins have failed to decrease homelessness, let alone end it by 12/31/14. Those who are paid to end homelessness seem to be quite nonchalant about their failures.

It’s also worth noting that a failure to comprehensively address the employment issues of people at CCNV, at other shelters or who are tenuously housed fits snuggly into the framework of gentrification -- whether by intent or ignorance. Taken together, these considerations begin to paint a very bleak picture in terms of the culture that runs across multiple admins -- a culture that includes but is not limited to aiding gentrification, failing to give answers to those who deserve them and targeting any person who points out these systemic flaws in an effort to discredit them or dissuade them from advocating effectively.

During a hearing in early 2015, Council Chairman Mendelson expressed frustration over what I’m guessing has been $2 billion from 2004 until now that DC has spent while ostensibly “trying” to end homelessness. He rightly seemed unwilling to throw good money after bad. In my testimony for that hearing I suggested better oversight of the ICH and homeless services, having been fully aware that homeless was being made an issue for the Committee Of the Whole (COW) -- whereas it had previously been under a single council member. I’ll now add that there need to be CONSEQUENCES and REPERCUSSIONS when SIX-figure earners in government fail to meet a multi-year goal. We need the council to FORCE results.

When I did construction work at Universal Studios -- Florida in the late 90’s, I was told that the general contractor would have to pay $7,000 for every day that he was late. Workers were allowed to do overtime well in advance of the deadline. Though, like most construction workers, I was not present for the entirety of the job, I’m guessing it was finished on time. I strongly suggest that all homeless service providers be forced to pay -- both out of the agency’s budget and out of their personal salaries -- if they fail to deliver. In a more general sense, they need to suffer (in a way that far exceeds the emotional suffering that they’ll probably say they already endure) from their prolonged failure. This punishment needs to be intense enough to create a constant sense of urgency among service providers to actually succeed at ending homelessness.

I understand that ending homelessness is a tall order -- especially when you consider that we could reach 10,000 homeless people in 2017 or 2018 and that a mayor who is supposedly committed to making it “rare, brief and non-recurring” will be ostracized for failing at her pet project which was supposed to hand a vacated DC General to developers before her 2018 re-election bid (in which she might run against former mayor Vince Gray again). Therefore, in an effort to make the seemingly impossible both possible and digestible, I’ll suggest the following skeleton plan:

1 -- IMMEDIATELY place comprehensive employment and housing services at CCNV for the able-bodied homeless -- even if it only consists of having service providers from various agencies visit a couple of days per week per agency.

2 -- Do the same for other shelters where their are able-bodied people.

3 -- Do similar things for impoverished communities where people are tenuously housed.

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