Thursday, December 24, 2015

Daugaard, South Dakota failing veterans

By not expanding Medicaid homelessness in South Dakota has become epidemic.

Under ethics-free Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard the state has the worst record in America in the housing of homeless veterans having over a sixty two percent increase in vet homelessness.

Back in 2013, NPR's Planet Money reported on an experiment in Kenya.
The results from the study are encouraging, says Johannes Haushofer, an economist at MIT's Poverty Action Lab who was one of the study's co-authors. "We don't see people spending money on alcohol and tobacco," he says. "Instead we see them investing in their kids' education, we see them investing in health care. They buy more and better food." Getting money made people happier, less stressed out. [What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?]
After the 1972 Flood that wiped out Teepee Town and killed some 238 people, mostly poor American Indians, the feds gave Rapid City rent supports to house those displaced by the disaster.

Veterans are refugees.

Extremist Mayor Steve Allender, the former police chief who led a "bunch of racists," is at a loss to house the 100 or so homeless people in Rapid City. He's even asked the Cornerstone Rescue Mission, a front for the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, to help.

President Thomas Jefferson believed cities were dens of crime and debauchery. Rapid City seems destined to perpetuate the failures of urban living when much simpler solutions to homelessness sit at the tip of Mayor Allender’s pen.

How is creating a ghetto, tiny houses or otherwise, good for anyone? How are some 200 people with mental illnesses and diminished capacity living in close proximity going to generate incomes to feed themselves?

An assisted living center for veterans in Hot Springs has been a boondoggle going wildly over budget and a Dallas, South Dakota man has been arrested after being suspected of plotting attacks on veterans' facilities.

Refugees have a human right to make their own choices about where they want to live.

Expand Medicaid for these people then offer a $3000 stipend to those who qualify, more for families and veterans.

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