Morning Reads – Thursday, April 4, 2019

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xdog
xdog

I think that study linking media multi-use and obesity confuses cause and effect. People aren’t fat because they flip from cell phones to tablets and back but because they sit on their butts and live on takeout and cellophane snacks. No different from lying in a recliner with a bag of chips while wearing out the TV remote.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump has announced Congress will vote on a healthcare plan to replace Obamacare in 2021 or later. Now the only thing to do is to figure out who and when the plan will be developed, since the Trump administration won’t be doing it, and Republicans in Congress are incapable of it. There’s 8 years proof of that.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/436854-trump-predicts-new-health-care-law-after-2020

xdog
xdog

He has a secret plan to end the healthcare war.

Gregs
Gregs

They’ve always had a plan. If you’re poor or middle class and you get really sick, die quickly so we can cut taxes even more. If you’re rich you’re entitled to the best health care money can buy. Health care is not a free market commodity but that’s the GOP view of healthcare, it’s like buying bitcoins.

Mr1raggedhole
bethebalance
bethebalance

What curtain? These nonprofits have been operating with publicly-disclosed financials/tax returns for-like-ever. And do you want a breakdown of nonprofits, in every sector, which rely heavily if not almost exclusively, on government grants? Spoiler: Government grants fund a ton of non-profit work. What else do these articles complain about? Executive compensation? For example, $150K to run an organization with a $50M budget? Sure, maybe non-profits should be impoverished and only hire people willing to run a $50M budget for $100K a year. Or maybe you could take that same knowledge of, say, regulatory compliance to the private sector for more.… Read more »

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Ironically, federal grants also fund the Center for Immigration Studies which produced the report about RRAs receiving federal grants.

bethebalance
bethebalance

And I don’t care to track down CIS’s 990s (tax returns), but my guess is that their Exec. Dir. and other officers make respectable paychecks. Even where there is a mix of public and private funding, there can be fungibility, and you could argue that the federal grants subsidize the salaries.

Mr1raggedhole
Mr1raggedhole

Thank you for your thoughts. My post was incomplete this morning. The articles I posted are educational in detailing the makeup of the organizations in Huffpost article. Did you notice that the organizations in the Huffpost article are religious based? Statists hate them some government money going to religious based organizations until they find one that they use to line their pockets and potentially build their voter base. Separation of church and state is a must to a statist until there is an opportunity to pocket other people’s money. I lament the plight of the refugees and applaud the reduction… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

The extra commentary helped to explain your position. The intersection of government funds and religious organizations extend through this area of refugee services, and conceivably so many other fields of nonprofit operations. Adoptions? Housing/Homelessness? Parochial schools? Etc. The end recipients of government funds can be religious organizations, but they are bound by anti-discrimination laws and rules insofar as service delivery. That’s why the fuss- imo- about giving the right to religious adoption agencies to discriminate from among the families they place children with. I don’t think that ever got passed, though? But I get both angles of that argument. So,… Read more »

Mr1raggedhole
Mr1raggedhole

If you care about religious freedom.
Ironically, among the other numerous reasons the programs exist, they also can be based upon the religious principle of loving your neighbor

This is exactly the point. Whose and which religious principles are we to support with tax money? What religious organizations get to profit from it? Because at the other end of the spectrum you get this.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/us/politics/trump-grant-abortion.html

bethebalance
bethebalance

I understand your concerns, but I don’t see any solution in, say, eliminating all religious-based nonprofits from receiving federal or state grants. In theory, btw, the government could just directly create a program like abstinence education, and operate it, and even though the program has methods or outcomes which reflect principles based upon a religion, there would be no violation of the establishment clause if there was no discrimination in accepting applications or delivering services, and no proselytizing. Nonprofits that receive grants may get to interject some religion into the process, but the services themselves (say a sonogram) are religiously… Read more »

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Just speaking personally… back in college I interned for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) which is a major recipient of State Department grants to resettle refugees. The organization’s motive has nothing to do with “pocketing other people’s money” and everything to do with Judaism’s belief that helping refugees and the unjustly persecuted is God’s calling. They’ve been doing this work since the 1880s and have helped resettle over 4 million refugees from around the world.

Mr1raggedhole
Mr1raggedhole

Yet they do pocket other people’s money. I applaud the motive and your service to the cause but govt should not be in the business of funding the cause through a religious organization.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

They’re non-profits and charity organizations. The only world in which they are “pocket[ing] other people’s money” is one where you believe people working for non-profits receiving government grants shouldn’t earn a salary.