We’re not mushrooms

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The government seems to believe that the
average American has the IQ of warm soup
and is as gullible as a 6-year-old child.

We’re getting tired of it and are no longer
going to accept the status quo. We are not
mushrooms.

For the uninitiated, a mushroom is someone
who is kept in the dark and fed full of crap.

Remember Obamacare? We have to pass it to
read it.

Remember Fast and Furious? The time when
nobody in the Justice Department knew
anything about the operation they sanctioned.

Remember Benghazi? Just some protesters who
were mad about a video.

Remember ‘if not now, when?’ How about when
you figure out how to put a stop to the
frivolous spending binge.

And how about the uproar to get stricter
gun control laws? Connecticut has such laws
now and it didn’t stop this shooter.

Chicago has strict gun laws and they are
at 500 dead for the year. Yet the politicians
want to put another band-aid on another
broken leg so they can claim they fixed yet
another problem.

The president, the house and senate created
the fiscal cliff they are so willing to throw
us off of. Now talk centers on raising the
the cut in point to start taxing instead of
cutting the reckless spending.

Speaking of spending, we are being told
that we will have to work longer to get Social
Security and take cuts while Obama gives
a big raise to Congress and his VP.

So friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens
of the planet earth, we have to stop being
the mushroom and start being the squeaky
wheel.
Comments are always welcome.

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10 Responses to We’re not mushrooms

  1. Crystal says:

    Unfortunately at least 51% of Americans ARE mushrooms. It’s a shame.

  2. cruisin2 says:

    Crystal,
    It is a shame.

  3. thescoundrel says:

    There are days I feel like a mushroom.

  4. davenport resident says:

    If you think this doesn’t happen in Davenport ou are a mushroom.Halfway Houses Prove Lucrative to Those at TopBy SAM DOLNICK
    Published: December 29, 2012 10 Comments
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    The Kintock Group, the second-largest operator of halfway houses in New Jersey, is a nonprofit agency that is financed almost entirely by government contracts. But it is run like a well-heeled family business.

    David D. Fawkner, founder of the Kintock Group. He received about $7 million over the past decade.
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    Kintock paid its founder, David D. Fawkner, roughly $7 million in salary and benefits over the past decade, according to federal disclosure records. Mr. Fawkner’s daughter, brother-in-law and son-in-law altogether received more than $2.5 million during that period, the records show.

    The nonprofit agency hired the brother-in-law as a consultant even though he has no corrections experience and lives in California. And it employed the son-in-law to run a subsidiary unrelated to its mission: duplicating DVDs and other electronic media.

    New Jersey has disbursed more than half a billion dollars to nonprofit groups over the past decade to run halfway houses, which handle thousands of state and county inmates annually. But regulators have often failed to scrutinize how that money has been spent, especially by the two nonprofit groups that run most of the facilities in the state, according to an examination by The New York Times.

    One is Kintock, which said in a statement that there was nothing improper about the jobs held by members of the Fawkner family.

    The other is Education and Health Centers of America, which is essentially a shell organization whose purpose is to funnel money to Community Education Centers, the politically connected company that dominates the halfway-house system, according to interviews and government records.

    Now, as lawmakers in Trenton call for more oversight of the halfway-house system, they are considering measures to regulate these nonprofit groups more closely. The measures would require the groups to disclose far more information about their finances, executives and subcontractors.

    Under New Jersey law, only nonprofit groups can obtain halfway-house contracts. Private companies are barred from the system. Experts praise the halfway-house model as a potentially important tool to help inmates make the return to society. But the system in New Jersey has long been troubled. The Times, in a series of articles this year, has described escapes, violence, gang activity, drug use and other problems at the halfway houses.

    The system in New Jersey once included many mom-and-pop outfits that ran neighborhood-based facilities. But in recent years, the state has winnowed the number of operators, and the two nonprofit groups now receive about 85 percent of the halfway-house budget.

    The State Corrections Department said it had examined the financial practices of the nonprofit groups. In a statement, the department said it “ensures that the services are delivered through operational oversight, and that financial audits are performed.” It added: “Through these processes, the interests of the state are protected.”

    Mr. Fawkner, a former probation and parole officer, founded the Kintock Group in 1985. It is based in King of Prussia, Pa., but has most of its operations in New Jersey, where it runs five halfway houses.

    Kintock had revenues of $39 million in 2010, its most recent disclosure forms to the Internal Revenue Service show.

    Mr. Fawkner received an annual salary and benefits as high as $805,000 in recent years, according to the records. He stepped down as chief executive in 2010 to become executive chairman, and now receives a salary of $250,000, Kintock said. It said his salary was “reflective of the marketplace we compete in.”

    Mr. Fawkner’s brother-in-law, Raymond P. Guzicki, has been a consultant to Kintock for 11 years, and was paid $130,000 in 2010. Mr. Guzicki, who lives in Northern California, said in an interview that he did site surveys, property assessment and training for Kintock. But he could not recall how many times he had traveled to New Jersey for the work.

    “I happened to visit my brother-in-law and he asked me, ‘Can you furnish some of these services?’ ” he said. “I said, ‘Sure, I can.’ I’m not going to turn down business, I don’t care who it is.”

    Kintock said Mr. Guzicki had 26 years of experience in the “facilities management industry.”

    Mr. Fawkner’s daughter, Gretchen Wiseman, is Kintock’s chief administrative officer, and was paid $180,000 in 2010, according to disclosure records. For several years, her husband, Robert Wiseman, ran a Kintock subsidiary called Media Concepts, which duplicated DVDs and other media. He was paid $93,500 annually, records show.

    Kintock said it had acquired the business as part of a purchase of a building in Philadelphia, where it runs one of its programs. Kintock said it closed Media Concepts at the end of 2011.

  5. cruisin2 says:

    davenport resident,
    We know it happens in Davenport but we didn’t want to get off topic.

  6. Anon. says:

    Very simply I disagree. Governing in a democracy is messy and on the federal level it is done by 537 individuals with just as many points of view. I do not feel as if I am treated like a six year old or a mushroom and I’m sorry that you and many of your supporters feel it necessary to demean those of us who disagree. I approve of Obamacare (a term he is proud of and embraces) and following the Supreme Court decision the majority of Americans (58%) wish that you and others would move on. Obviously gun laws aren’t perfect, and clearly our approach to mental health and cultural issues need a lot of work, as do our gun laws. My spouse and I make six figures, patriotically pay our taxes, fly our flag proudly, signed up for selective service when we were of age (and would have served if called), vote, attend church, give generously to a variety of charities and volunteer regularly in our community. We have raised two children who went through Davenport schools, who earned thousands of dollars of academic scholarships and who are contributing members of society, including volunteering in third world countries at their own expense. They also attend church, giving generously of their time and money. In the new year I hope that you and your followers will ATTEMPT to open your ears and listen to opposing points of view, open hearts to the fact that those who feel differently can be smart, good people, just like I give all of you the benfit of the doubt. Happy New Year and God bless.

  7. cruisin2 says:

    Anon.,
    We have heard nothing from the president about real spending cuts, we’ve heard nothing from Harry Reid about compromise,
    and personally feel nobody should get their taxes raised in the current economy. Then Obama hands out pay raises like candy.
    We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one.

  8. Anon. says:

    My point is: Stop questioning my patriotism, Americanism, capitalism, inteliigence; stop calling me a communist, socialist or facist. Stop questioning my love of country, appreciation of America’s armed forces or my Christianity.We disagree, period. You ask for and welcome comments. That doesn’t make me any dumber, less American or less Christian than you or your followers. Let’s discuss differences based on the merit of our arguments. That’s all. If you have heard nothing than you haven’t been listening. The President ran on tax increases for those who make more than $250K. Looks like he is going to settle on $400/$450K. That is compromise. Looks like there are going to be changes to Medicare – compromise. But he DID win the election. As I have heard you say (circas 2010) elections have consequences. At least he didn’t demand instant cuts in Defense – hmmm – compromise. He won, so let all of us deal with it, please. 3 million+ Americans – yes, Americans, can’t all be more stupid that you think they are.

  9. cruisin2 says:

    I don’t believe I called you anything or questioned your patriotism or religion. We know Obama won, it proves our point about citizens being apathetic. If being a liberal defines your life to the extent a few words of opposition upset you, we don’t know what to tell you.

  10. Anon. says:

    You (sometimes) and your supporters (consistently) question the patriotism, intelligence and Christianity of anyone who has an opposing view on just about any topic. When one person who had an opposing view from your supporters and dared to call them ignorant you threatened to cut them off. I don’t see the same proposed reprimands directed towards those that support your views, ever. I challenge them to discuss and debate with me with data rather than challenge my character, which they know nothing about.

    Yes, we will agree to disagree; I see Obama’s electoral and popular vote wins as a victory for those who listened and paid attention to the differences, it does not prove your point in the least. In fact, not only did Romney not win the White House, Republicans lost seats in the Senate and the House, and Tea Partiers lost in their overall numbers, too. I would argue that Americans woke up and stopped being apathetic.

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