Jun 6, 2007
Save us from Solutions
Don Cunningham wonders what can be done by the county government to make homeowners out of those who cannot afford it. His first reaction is to suggest hiring a coordinator, one more position for the taxpayers to fund. My first reaction, is that those who cannot afford it, should get a second, and maybe third job. There was a time when becoming a homeowner was called the American dream; our local elected officials now think its just another entitlement. A number of years ago I opposed a project by Habitat to Humanity. After the hearing, their director told me, that they were such a sacred cow, that no one had ever questioned them before. Alan Jennings, professional advocate for the poor and Director of the Community Action Committee, is the most quoted man in the Lehigh Valley; he even has a division which makes entrepreneurs out of the unemployed. There was time, not that long ago, when our social-economic graph was a bell-curve. Now, through unsustainable good intentions, we have created a magnet for the underprivileged and made poverty a growth industry. We would be better off, if our elected officials concentrated on those issues on which they campaigned, and which can be solved, such as repairing the bridges.