Practical Solutions for the Apopka Task Force on Violence

On June 2, 2017, the three principles of the Apopka Task Force on Violence  will present their report at a National Conference on violence in the black community. The report, presented originally in December, 2016, found that it will take almost $2 million of taxpayer money funneled through a still unnamed high quality and reputable not for profit, for a 5 pronged attack on violence.

Throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars and reinventing the wheel with a myriad of new and unproven government programs is not the answer because there are many programs already in place run by local churches and businesses that stand ready and willing to help.

One supposition of the Report is that CRA housing  is one answer. Why push a government program that one of the principles of the Violence Report appears to have a huge stake in, whether financial or political? While decent housing is certainly a weapon in the war on crime, why not work with Habitat for Humanity which is already building 58 affordable homes in the South Apopka community? Push to work with them on more affordable housing communities and other projects.

What about jobs? In this City, when presented with companies offering real jobs and opportunities wanting to come to our area, all we hear from community leaders are howls of protest about “dirty Jobs”.  Those “dirty Jobs” people turn their noses up at are good paying, high quality, high tech manufacturing jobs with excellent futures. Most WILL provide training to those who are willing to put in the time to train and learn. These holier-than-thou self appointed leaders of “South Apopka” should do a little more practical research into private organizations and businesses who already have proven jobs training programs. Check out:

Machining Training Solutions in Longwood, a leader in skills training with an innovative program called “80 to Work”. After two weeks of intensive training, a person with little or no skills is ready to work and become a  productive, contributing employee to a manufacturer almost immediately. Other training programs are also available, and MANY are paid for by potential employers. These programs offers job and life skills that will transfer from job to job. Many machine shops and fabricators in our area are desperate for workers and many are willing to TRAIN people willing to work. THESE are the type of jobs that will present REAL pay, real benefits and REAL futures. Also, check out all the educational and employment resources the Manufacturer’s Association of Central Florida  have to offer to those willing to put a little effort into their lives.

Work with some of our top employers right here in Apopka, like Qurvo, Collins Manufacturing ; Mullinax Ford, as well as exploring the many opportunities  opening up in Apopka with the New Wekiva Plaza, the Kelly Park Crossings, and other fine opportunities. Nothing is quick or easy; people will need to work hard and be patient! People must be willing to learn and show respect to employers and teachers. Many hospitals, including Florida Hospital offer training opportunities leading to fulfilling careers. Work with the UCF Incubator or even the Chamber of Commerce to seek out opportunities instead of creating new, expensive and unproven government programs .

Education and jobs go hand in hand; As for Education opportunities, don’t wait for them, go out and get them. Work with the School Board and school parent organizations. Reach out to these local churches and organizations and see what they are willing to do, or already doing, without having a carrot of taxpayer money dangled in front of them. Stop the duplicate efforts of programs already in place, tripping over each other in the process.  Stop making excuses, “I can’t”;  “I’m poor”; “people are racist”; “no one will give me a chance”. THESE are the type of excuses that stop a productive life in its tracks. Check out Junior Achievement, which according to its website “fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential”. They also provide the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success. Business people and other volunteers share their workforce experience with students, all while teaching sound economic principles and reinforcing class curricula.

All of these programs and more are available for a fraction of the $2 million price tag being proposed in the Task Force Report. If you really want to help these kids, stop throwing out generic and non-specific feel-good programs. Stop holding conferences and forums where self-important theories are discussed, but nothing ever gets done.  Instead look into real world solutions for these problems; solutions that are already in place and stand ready to serve, if asked.

Practical Solutions for the Apopka Task Force on Violence

The Truth about AHCA. READ this if you dare!

The rotten-to-the core propagandist liberal media once again refuses to do their jobs and report the facts. Instead of reporting what exactly is in the newest healthcare plan bill approved Friday by Congress, they report ONLY on the flat out lies, side-show protests, mob mentality at Congressmen’s town halls and the mass hysteria created by the lying left, and gloat about how Republicans will lose the House in 2018.

The biggest lie of all is that people with pre-existing conditions will lose their coverage and be left to die!! Even just typing these words, I realize just how ridiculous that sounds, don’t you? American Congressmen (specifically Republicans) will just let their constituents and fellow Americans to die?? Liberals and their lying cohorts in the media who have not even read the bill are engaging in scare tactics, fear mongering and moral bullying simply because they know that Obamacare, the plan they forced down America’s throats in 2010, is collapsing under its own weight, with more and more large insurers pulling out of the exchanges every day. All that is left in some states is ONE insurer; that’s not choice, that’s monopoly! The young, healthy person on whom hinged all of Obamacare’s shared pain and sacrifice did NOT buy health insurance like they wee supposed to, electing instead to pay the penalty imposed by the IRS for NOT having coverage.

Let’s be clear, the Republican plan passed Friday DOES allow for continued coverage of Pre-existing conditions.  Insurers are required to sell plans to everyone, including those with pre-existing conditions. This is known as “guaranteed issue,” and it’s mandated in the AHCA. Planned Parenthood dollars currently used to fund abortions, would be diverted instead to actual women’s healthcare and services.  NO ONE is going to die under this plan; granny will not be pushed over a cliff. What the bill does allow for is more input from each STATE about how best to handle coverage for their residents, through planned legislative and administrative actions, such as waivers from certain aspects of AHCA which can help bring down costs and actually expand care.  The left’s hysteric claims that millions will lose their coverage stems from the fact that, unlike Draconian Obamacare, people will no longer be FORCED to buy healthcare. They won’t LOSE it, they simply can now refuse to buy coverage. One GREAT aspect of AHCA is the reinstatement of health savings accounts, which will result in people having more control over their healthcare decisions. Subsidies for many will be continued under this plan.

The AHCA is infinitely better than ObamaCare could ever hope to be. Since the lying slugs in the propagandist, leftist media refuse to tell you the truth, perhaps this very general outline would help. And, keep in mind, The AHCA passed by the House is NOT the final product!! It must go to the Senate for discussion, amendments and rewrites. What will come from the legislative process is anyone’s guess. Truthfully, there is NOTHING in the Constitution that states government must provide healthcare or insurance to anyone. This is another entitlement program designed by socialist liberals who believe only in government and collectivism and not the individual or free markets.

Liberal politicians and the leftist media must stop being driven by blind hatred for Trump and America and start reporting the TRUTH and let Americans decide for themselves about AHCA and other issues. Pontificating, fear mongering  hand-wringing, emotional blackmail must be recognized as the deceitful, dishonest leftist tactics they really are. They have NO place in an honest and open debate and discussion about any of the issues America faces, including healthcare and health insurance.


The Truth about AHCA. READ this if you dare!