Carl Paladino will cause a stir in NY over his proposal to turn vacant prisons into CCC style dorms for the indigent to learn job skills and "personal hygiene." This concept is anathema to the modern welfare state, where the notion of standing in line for cheese has given way to government issued debit cards so nobody is stigmatized.
The prison concept is a bit harsh but the dormitories are not....We will never know or be told how much Jefferson County spends on hotel rooms for people who don't, or can't work.
We have all heard the anecdotal accounts of this process and what's wrong with an efficiently run county dormitory for temporary housing.
FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps accomplished things, but today the party of FDR would not allow such a thing. There is nothing wrong with helping people...There is also nothing wrong with working.
Mr. Paladino's precise plan may not be the best or just answer, but the concept is something we need to acknowledge....I will think about it next time I am at the Nice n Easy and the person ahead of me is buying pizza by the slice on our dime.
Paladino’s ‘Dignity Corps’