Some thoughts about last night’s Arkleyfest 2013. I was only inside the meeting for the first half to 2/3rds of the meeting so some of my stats may be off.
1) Times ‘Constitution’ was mentioned inside = 0. Times ‘Constitution’ was mentioned outside = 1483 ( ± 1200)
2) ‘Jesus’: inside = 0; Outside = at least once on a sign described by the Times-Standard.
3) Both the Times-Standard and North Coast Journal have a good write up on this. Daniel Mintz was in the house and I expect a good write up from him in the MackTown Press too. Good comments in LoCO and they have supplied the audio – Thank You!
4) Do conservatives intentionally hold meetings on Wednesdays so it will be too late for the North Coast Journal to do a write-up in print? Tin foil or reality? (A: probably tin foil)
5) Kudos and deep respect to the protesters out there yesterday. I wish there were more of you/us (myself included).
6) If Rob Arkley, Rocky, and Jill Macdonald (et. al.) really want to address the homeless populations (yes ‘homeless’ not ‘transient’) they need to first address what we are going to do about this chart on wealth inequality. Next they need to address where exactly the homeless are supposed to go, etc.
7) Here is a great quote from the Times-Standard. I was pretty shocked about this too. In conservo-world not only governmental, but non-profit homeless services are seen as a bad thing worthy of shrinking so small they can be drowned in a bathtub. It’s is part of the huge disconnect between parties – at least rhetorically. Democrats – we DO need to work on this too!
He said he thinks “our desire to do right has become wrong,” saying a bevy of government services and nonprofit groups have made the area an “absolute magnet for the homeless unlike other communities.” While Arkley said it’s tempting to point a finger at local nonprofit groups that provide services to the homeless, Arkley said they are “beyond our control” and instead pointed his finger at the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, which he said employs about half the county workforce and takes up about half the county’s budget.
8) To those conservatives like Michael Medved or Arthur Brooks of AEI who contend that the conservative plan is for religious institutions and private entities to take care of the homeless and destitute. Wrong. The conservative position is to make sure as few services are available as possible and use strict ordinances to make sure they are out of sight so business can be conducted without being hindered. Out of sight, out of mind.
9) To Rob’s plan. I don’t disagree in principle. Progressives get active in this. Join the committees and help them figure out what to do about the homeless problem. Maybe we can help convince them that this isn’t a local issue as much as it is a state and federal issue and we need policies like more progressive taxation for a start, trade policies designed to protect local jobs, and we need to come to some consensus about where the homeless are to live. We can’t just kick them from the curb.
10) Finally, according to the TS, 3 of the Supervisors were in attendance. Supervisors Bass, Bohn and Fennell. Surprise? No. My point would be this. Supervisor Fennell needs to address plainly her implicit support of the marijuana trade by minimizing government enforcement, regulation and planning while also speaking out loudly against homeless issues. To me this seems to be a huge disconnect and somehow many of her supporters allow it.
11) Actually make that ‘Jesus’ Outside – 2, Inside -0. (Again, I was inside for only about the first half so I could be wrong) But where are our local religious organizations on this BTW? I’m sure they do good work, but they weren’t there for the politics today. Most of the time, I would like to separate church from politics, for the benefit of both. But on this issue, given they along with other non-profits and government act as the safety net, I think they should have a strong voice.
UPDATE: thanks to LoCO’s great coverage, I was mistaken. A great speaker (43:40 min) simply read Jesus’ words of Matthew 25:31. So the updated score. Outside 2 (at least), Inside 1 (at least). Also, nice touch, when Jesus’ was mentioned, there were audible groans from the audience.