(Apologies for the length, but this story pissed me off this morning)
Here...add this bullshit to your spending debate (along with the Tarta solar panels):
U.S. Funds to Supply Backpacks For Lucas County Children
Lucas County Job and Family Services will spend as much as $230,000 in federal funds in the coming weeks to outfit schoolchildren with more than 5,000 supply-filled backpacks.
But with charities, churches, and businesses conducting similar school-supply drives at no cost to taxpayers -- and the Federal Government's $14 trillion debt the focus of Congressional debate -- the purchase raises questions of whether federal money should be spent on programs when there's already a robust private sector alternative.
No fucking shit "raises questions"! Does any parent anywhere in this city have a responsibility to take care of their child and buy a few school supplies once a year??? ANYONE? I'm not trying to be hard hearted, but school supplies do NOT break anyone's bank account except in the most dire of circumstances. You're telling me that nearly 5,300 students/parent(s) in this district are in the most dire of circumstances, unable to afford the most basic supplies of their children's education? After rent assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, hot breakfast and lunch, other family assistance, churches, etc.? Come on....
Or do the parents just not give a shit about their kids, their education, or anything else? It's just about getting a freebie? In that case, the kids don't need just a backpack...they need a jetpack to blast out of there...
Here comes the math. Remember they are going to spend up to $230,000:
The program, which was given the go-ahead by Lucas County Board of Commissioners, will allow Job and Family Services to buy 5,282 backpacks, fill them with school supplies, and distribute them to all county children who qualify under the cash assistance program.
Supplies will be targeted by grade level. For example, pupils in kindergarten to second grade will get a box of 24 crayons, glue, markers, scissors, tissues, and notebooks. The other grade splits are third to fifth and sixth to 12th. Commissioners approved a contract not to exceed $250,000, though Job and Family Services expects to spend no more than $230,000.
$230,000/5,282 = $43.54 average cost. Not that bad you say??? For 24 crayons (A bigger box-- 64 count --is $3 at WalMart), glue (4 pack at Walmart is $5.44 -- let's call it $2 for one bottle), scissors ($2), markers (2 pack of 8 at Walmart for $5.80 -- let's call it $4 for individual 8 pack), tissues (3 pack for $4.50 -- let's call it $2 for one box), and notebooks (0.10-0.25 cents right now at any big box retailer) with a backpack ($8-$10)??? Even me completely overestimating costs by paying a retail price doesn't bring me anywhere close to what these fucking morons are paying. Older kids backpacks will not be over $43 so that argument on the cost is out. Not to mention that WalMart is retailing the same damn thing for $20 + shipping! Not $43.50--$20. Someone is making at least double profit on money meant for your children.
But do you want to see the political logic that makes people throw up in their mouths??? When we are supposedly debating "cancelling grandmas social security and medicare because of the debt" (what bullshit, but I digress)? What animates those evil "cut spending" tea partiers??? It's in the next two paragraphs:
The funding comes through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a federal block grant program that is sent to the states and then divided among the individual counties. Lucas County expects to receive about $12.7 million over the July, 2011, to June, 2012, state fiscal year. The county must return unspent temporary assistance money, and it is the intent of Job and Family Services to return none, officials said.
That's right. Never return ANY money. Spend it all! Spend it all and never look back!!! Don't be an example of fiscal responsibility. Don't show you are good financial stewards of the people's money! SPEND SPEND SPEND!!! Santa Claus is coming to town...every single July!!! But mention cutting this small, duplicative-of-the-private-charity-sector program??? OH HELL NO...you just want "the children" to starve, you teabagging bastard!
"As soon as there's no need in our community, we will be the first to send it back," said county Administrator Peter Ujvagi, a former Democratic city councilman and state representative.
Right, Peter...right. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Fat douchebag has been a drain on this town for 30 years and continues his mission to buy votes whatever way he can...