Do-gooders who do no good

While posting over at Longmont Foreclosures I thought this weeks entry was relevant to the upcoming election.  Not only do we have a councilmember (Karen Benker – and she’s not alone) who wears her “helping the homeless” badge a little too prominently, and the possibly unethical political influence with the whole HOPE situation, but also a candidate (Kaye Fissinger) who benefited from the affordable housing program under Ms. Benkers watch.

It’s no wonder the whole concept of public financing of campaigns was brought up, why not?  You’ve subsidized at least one candidate already (via a house), how much more would it cost to buy someones signs and advertisements?  A pittance by comparison.  Did you also know some of those subsidized homes have been foreclosed on?  Pay in the beginning, and again at the end – what a deal!  How much better can it get?

(remainder from Longmont Foreclosures August 29 report)
Ward 2 (Karen Benker‘s ward) had double the other two wards combined in new foreclosures this week..  There were 11 new foreclosures reported in Longmont this week, with a total of 60 in the paper.  Ward 2 is not far behind the leader (Ward 1) in foreclosures, and will soon top 100 since this site began in April.

Councilmembers (especially Ward 2’s Karen Benker) continually try to get more people into homes they probably can’t afford.  These public do-gooders do anything but good for these peoples pride, which is probably permanently damaged by getting into a home (or car, see Cash For Clunkers) they never would be able to make payments on consistently, and the subsequent humiliation of default.  To those people, I say these government types who you think are your friend, giving you subsidies that they can later brag about and campaign on, only exacerbate and continue the cycle of poverty for most of the people they encounter.

Helping people in off the street and out of the cold is one thing.  Exploiting people for personal gain, and putting them in a potentially financially destructive situation is another. Just a setup for failure – the more people that figure it out the better.  And sooner rather than later.

About Chris Rodriguez

Chris is the editor/publisher of LightningRod Blog - as well as founder/editor of Wrongmont, Longmont Advocate, Vote!Longmont, Longmont Politics, the LightningRod Radio Network, as well as being the original Longmont Examiner. Chris is a writer and talker - whether it be blogs, podcasts, music, or public speaking. When he's not heard on Air Traffic radio, he can be heard on his podcasts or seen in the local paper causing trouble.
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