With the federal government cutting housing subsidies in 2006, Philadelphia Housing Authority managers spared no expense to take “diversity awareness to a new level.”
How else to explain the karaoke singers, salsa dance instructor, Swiss Alps yodelers, and belly dancers who were mingling with PHA middle managers at the Wilson Park Community Center?
The cost: about $17,150, including $1,200 for the belly dancers.
The evening’s finale began when four exotically clad belly dancers pulled members of the audience into their show. PHA’s then-executive director, Carl R. Greene, was surrounded by the women, one leaning against him, another with an arm around him. LINK
I’m back. It’s been cold in Philly the last couple of days. While the fire department struggles against cutbacks, brownouts, extreme weather and little or no leadership, fire deaths are up this year. Number 31 happened the other day. While we work our asses off to accomplish our public safety mission, (saving lives and property), as we are forced to do less with less, other agencies and departments have no problem wasting tax payers dollars, paying millions in no bid contracts, belly dancers and generally dancing on the grave of our city.
Like Camden, Philly is slowly destroying its tax base. Essential services like police and fire are being decimated allowing crime to rule and public safety to evaporate. All while we celebrate diversity with belly dancers, no bid contracts and use money for bridge repairs for “economic development”. Cocktails anyone?
This latest story is typical of what’s going on not just in Philly, but nationwide. Fiscal and managerial incompetence, mismanagement has bred a festering culture of corruption that is rampant. Just like our City Courts, the School District of Philadelphia, The Delaware River Port Authority, The Phila. Streets Department, or The Department of Licenses and Inspections (you name the bureau), The Philadelphia Housing Authority under Carl Green is an agency that should be dissolved and it’s executives put in jail. I’m not even going to start on federal agencies (like TSA).
While the members of the fire department are under assault both internally and externally other agencies act like the gravy train just keeps rolling. One problem: there is no engineer to apply the brakes. Mayor Michael Nutter has targeted the fire department as the sole focus of his wrath since losing badly in the last contract negotiations. He has inexplicably waged an overt war on the best performing department in all of city government since he took office. The fire department responds to close to 300,000 emergency calls a year and consistently has the highest rating with the public of any city agency. Yet all around him other agencies are squandering tax dollars like they are going out of style and failing way short of their missions. Missions like educating children, providing housing or even painting a bridge.
Folks the current tax debate going on right now in Congress is indicative of this insanity: While the Federal Government just spent a TRILLION DOLLARS, they now want to raise taxes. Can anyone argue with a straight face that THIS government has been responsible with our money and deserves more of it? Seriously? Of course not. Same goes with Philly. The waste, fraud, corruption, pay to play, no bid contract culture of corruption is completely out of control. It has to stop, but who will take a stand? Who will take on these incompetent frauds who are currently running our city into the ground? Sadly I don’t see anyone with the intestinal fortitude.
It is abundantly clear that we don’t have a revenue problem in this city, state or country. We have a spending problem as well as a corruption problem. They are both easy to fix. Now if we can only find a fixer.