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Sacramento’s Rock-Stupid Plan to Subsidize Gangsters

Posted by V the K at 9:50 am - September 18, 2017.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

By now you’ve heard about the city of Sacramento’s $1.5M scheme to pay gang-bangers not to commit violence. But if you dig into the details of the scheme, it’s actually even worse.

The report and funding agreement before the council indicate that the program, the “Peacemaker Fellowship,” is to be implemented by a group called Advance Peace. It proposes to reduce gang violence through “transformational opportunities to young adults identified as most likely to be” involved in “gun violence” and by ensuring “greater connectivity to culturally competent human, social, and economic opportunities” for these individuals. The details, as fleshed out during the council meeting, were that participants will be selected from a small group of gang members thought to be behind the “re-cyclical and retaliatory” gun crimes in the community. Among other things, program participants will be required to identify and commit to “LifeMAP goals” (academic aspirations, or more basic things like “getting a driver’s license or improving their relationship with their parents or their kids”). As part of “incentivizing achievement,” the program’s “touchpoints” include “Transformative Travel” and cash stipends for participants. The cost associated with each participant tops out at an estimated $30,000.

If that sounds like a load of feelgood progressive huggy-buggy crap and a payoff to a Democrat-connected organization — it’s because that is exactly what it is. There are no metrics for measuring the success of the program, and no set dates for anything other than the city making payments, which are built-in and front-loaded.

It is an article of faith on the progressive left that the worst thing society can do to a criminal is put him in jail.

Aside from which, the city’s scheme apparently has profiled individuals in the community they think are most likely to commit violence with guns. So, apparently, profiling is bad when police are doing it to stop gang-bangers from committing violence, but perfectly OK when politicians want to give taxpayer money to gang-bangers.



  1. One two three, I spot a collusion felony.

    Comment by R V — September 18, 2017 @ 11:41 am - September 18, 2017

  2. It all depends on how it is run.
    I’ve read of similar programs in other cities that have reduced violence; from what I’ve read, the Chicago program was doing well until it got publicized, and then hamstrung.
    There are also programs in some cities that pay girls to not get pregnant; a few (typically $3 to $%) dollars a day for 3 years will save the city tens of thousands in assistance later on. If they did something similar and stopped payments when somebody was arrested, I bet they’d make more progress than touchy feely goals will.

    Comment by Jonathan — September 18, 2017 @ 12:11 pm - September 18, 2017

  3. Anyone see what the “demonstrators” did the house of the mayor of Saint Louis? This will bring such nonsense to an end.

    Comment by Jay Dee — September 18, 2017 @ 1:02 pm - September 18, 2017

  4. More racist liberals thinking certain segments of our society are unable to control their base instincts.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — September 18, 2017 @ 3:39 pm - September 18, 2017

  5. The Ramirez toons had previously eloquently covered this…

    Tear Down This Wall


    Comment by Cyril — September 18, 2017 @ 4:10 pm - September 18, 2017

  6. So how much will they pay me to not come to their fair city and riot, loot, and/or pillage? I’m thinking if it pays well enough and other cities do the same, I could make a pretty good living off not rioting, looting and pillaging.

    Comment by GomeznSA — September 18, 2017 @ 4:23 pm - September 18, 2017

  7. Leftists say it will cost $10,000 to deport each illegal and that it will be too much.

    It turns out that the average Hispanic takes 588,219
    from the taxpayers more than they contribute. Imagine what it would be without affirmative action.

    Comment by Steve — September 18, 2017 @ 5:12 pm - September 18, 2017

  8. It’s been more than 50 years since the civil rights act of ’64 (which followed earlier legislation in the Eisenhower years and, I think, some during the JFK years) and, seems to me, things are worse. (It’s worth noting most of this legislation was moved by the GOP, not the Dems… one would almost think the Dems still want to keep the blacks in their place after all these years.)

    Thomas Sowell has written that the black family is far worse off now than in the days of Jim Crow and institutional racism.

    Seems to me that lefties saw the “civil rights era” not as a chance to make a better world but as an opportunity to fleece the taxpayer, settle scores with “enemies”, and indulge their perverse desire for some sort of dystopia.

    Part and parcel of that was to break the black family, destroy decency, and enable self-destructive behavior by making excuses and squawking about racism. It’s an example of “break some eggs to make an omelet”.

    I don’t think I’m alone in my belief that there is no solution to the race problem because 1) we will not honestly and constructively address some unpleasant truths and 2) there are too many vested interests in making sure things stay bad.

    Does anyone think Al Sharpton, Morris Dees ($PLC), Deray McKesson, Maxine Waters, etc. want their money stream to stop?

    The people administering this dollars-for-decency program certainly don’t want to say “problem solved, we’re not needed any more”… not at $30K/pop.

    Does anyone think that Jack Dorsey, Tim Cook, Hollywood, or college lefties want to lose the cheap grace to be had be being down with the cause while making damn sure the cause keeps out of their neighborhoods?

    Nope. Doomed.

    Comment by KCRob — September 18, 2017 @ 6:34 pm - September 18, 2017

  9. @9 you know what the democrat party’s response to the passage of the civil rights act was? the passage of affirmative action laws to make it legal to discriminate against white people. so the same party that achieved political power by discriminating against black people could now achieve political power by practicing selective discrimination against white people. it is a strategy that has worked like a charm ever since.

    Comment by salg — September 18, 2017 @ 10:04 pm - September 18, 2017

  10. How are these programs different than paying tribute?

    Comment by Blair Ivey — September 18, 2017 @ 10:54 pm - September 18, 2017

  11. In France, we’ve lavishly burned billions of euros on “youths with issues” since at least the early 1980s (when the socialists first came into power, full of their “social justice” ambitions) —

    at the time, there used to be a thriving working middle class, even in Paris, as can be seen on nostalgic 80s footages of the city;

    But these days, you may be inclined to wonder at the miracle of finding anyone still willing to toil over there if only to sustain their politicians, show biz, or promisingly growing (for, warmly encouraged) legions of migrants and other dependents who after a few years only need to understand at least one easy verb — “vote”:

    Paris : the Fanciest Multicult-Euro-Dump and Wasteful Role Model to Inspire New York and San Francisco

    Sanctuary Welfaropolis Paradises

    Makes you wonder… “So, what are their plans when they run out of s-ckers to steal from?”

    “lol” 😀

    Cost of living in Paris, 09/2017


    Comment by Cyril — September 19, 2017 @ 5:08 am - September 19, 2017

  12. A couple hours alone in a police cell worked for my smart-ass lads. I left them there while I had a nice chat with the officer over a cup of tea.

    Comment by Bess — September 26, 2017 @ 3:49 pm - September 26, 2017

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