We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
POLICYMAKERS on both sides of the Atlantic are keen on a new approach to alleviating society’s troubles. On July 22nd Barack Obama’s administration listed the first 11 investments by its new Social Innovation Fund (SIF). About $50m of public money, more than matched by $74m from philanthropic foundations, will be given to some of America’s most successful non-profit organisations, in order to expand their work in health care, in creating jobs and in supporting young people.
Let's face it: this is all about jobs for people who work for non-profits. They vote too - for whoever gives them the bucks which they feed on. I don't know what Europe needs (besides a spine or two), but I know what America needs more than more non-profits: more lower-skill but decent-paying work from successful businesses, and better parental examples of adult responsibility.
Every year religious based organizations feed and cloth millions of Americans using billions of dollars in donated money and millions of man-hours of donated time. Yet none of these organizationed merit a dime from the President. Running hundreds of hospitals and thousands of schools is not "innovative" enough.
In a few minutes, I'm going over to help a non-profit with their computer systems. It's Big Brothers Big Sisters and I've worked with others. There sometimes seems to be a unicorns-and-pixie-dust air around my friends there, but they are doing valuable work.
The really sad part is how many kids have an absent parent, of course. One of the fields in their data system is "parent incarcerated".