April 18, 2012

Madison's Mayor Soglin: "That is the most reactionary, right-wing, tea party argument I have heard.”

Said to a defender of the Occupy Madison encampment, which has occupied a city-owned parking lot since last fall.
Allen [from Occupy] “tea party argument?”

Mayor, says “yes”, that is the most selfish, right-wing, tea party argument I heard, I listened to it on Tuesday night, and to me that was the most offensive thing I heard all evening. That the site didn’t cost anything, that there was no public expense.

Allen asks what was the public expense that would not be spent three or four times as much if these people were out in the community?

Mayor says the city has a public health department. Who pays for it?

Allen says “How many people out there were served by the Public Health Department?”

The mayor says you are missing the point.

Allen says I guess I am.
And last night, after a long meeting, the City Council voted against extending the permit to use the parking lot.

But you should have heard the crying and pleading from dedicated Madison folk about how important it was to keep open this wholly unregulated, health-code flouting shanty town, which, it was argued, was housing the homeless.

ADDED: I was rushing to an early morning appointment as I put this post up, so let me elaborate a little.

First, my "you should have heard" is based on personal knowledge. Meade and I watched the meeting on television, and there were many extremely earnest witnesses talking about how the Occupy camp was ministering to the poor and outcast.

Second, my first link goes to a blog post by Brenda Konkel about a meeting various Occupy people had with the mayor last Friday. Konkel says she's transcribing an audiotape of that meeting. Mayor Soglin takes the position that the city has organized, well-funded services for the homeless and rejects the idea of the Occupy camp as an alternative approach to dealing with the homeless. The Occupy people are critical of the "conditions" and requirements at the city's institutions.
Steve [from Occupy says] It started as a political protest, people had good intentions, for a lot of reasons it changed into something different. And in some ways, what came out of it is better than just people protesting against the 1%. And other cities do make this work, other cities do see some potential in that. What I’m saying is Terry has, I’m in this because of Terry, I see he has some amazing skills in terms of conflict resolution, in terms of people seeing some value in their lives, that they are not getting from the existing system and I just think the city has to have some imagination about how to make use of his skills instead of telling him get lost, we have no place for you.
When the mayor accuses the Occupy folk of making a right-wing argument, he explains (as paraphrased/transcribed by Konkel):
[T]he point is we have in place a health department, we have in place a fire department, we have in place a city treasurer, we have in place all these functions that are available if needed which cost money every single day. This is not Horatio Alger, this is not a world where everyone is in there on their own. And there may have been days when the fire department wasn’t called in, but it had to be paid for every single day because we wanted to know it was available....
AND: Here's the video of the entire city council meeting. Go to 2:58:22 and hear Alderman Mark Clear say "Capitalism pays for socialism." Context:
I've been all over the map emotionally myself on this issue.... I really appreciate and value what Occupy Madison has done for this city... I'm proud that we as a community unlike many other communities in this country have been able to sustain it.... I was ready to say, early tonight, you know, April 30th/June 30th, it's not that big a deal, so let's buy us some time.... After hearing the kind of legal and logistical issues that we're faced with... I've come to the conclusion that that's not a viable option....
The way to deal with poverty in the city, he says, is through development. We need to build our tax base:
Capitalism pays for socialism. That's absolutely true. The way we will be able to help the people we want to help in our community is by having the resources to be able to do it. And the only way we can do that... is by growing our real estate base.

54 comments:

Icepick said...

It's early yet, but I'm just not getting the tea party reference. Or is that just a generic term for something else in Madison now?

Paco Wové said...

Remarkable how a movement based primarily on a (possibly naive) sense of fiscal responsibility has become the all purpose bĂȘte noire of the thoughtless left. Balanced budgets == Hitler!

Matthew Sablan said...

Would they have been more accommodating if it really were just a homeless camp and not a political statement? It says many there are homeless; what percent, how many? Why can't they be helped elsewhere?

They are insisting on it being an Occupy camp, not a homeless shelter. That's killing their argument.

Matthew Sablan said...

"Allen says the people there are more than willing, and from many people he has spoken with there, they want to be fully cooperative with the city, but when they are asked to leave the site with no alternatives, I don’t know what they are going to do, they don’t know what they are going to do."

-- Nice city you got here mayor, shame if anything were to happen to it.

Rusty said...

Nothing screams 'compassion' like spending taxpayer money.
It's charity dontcha know.



Apparently "Tea Party" now equates to selfish heartlessness.

Fen said...

there is not some bait and switch going on here, where we had some secret plan to establish a homeless shelter in a parking lot under the cover of a political protest

*snicker*

If the Left and their Occupy hypocrites were really concerned about the homeless, they would take an example from the true-to-life move "The Blind Side" where a Christian lady takes a kid into her house and raises him as her own.

That is Charity.

But they would prefer to take other people's tax dollars and farm that out. It goes to the heart of why government cannot fill the role of private charity.

Fen said...

Christ didn't say to outsource help for the poor.

Matthew Sablan said...

"I think about the 100s and 100s of volunteer hours that people like Terry put in, at no cost to the city."

-- They can put that same volunteer effort in at a homeless or other shelter without also using the homeless as a political prop.

Matthew Sablan said...

I like the insistence that it isn't costing any thing.

Matthew Sablan said...

That poor mayor. If only he had never given an inch.

Icepick said...

Okay, this exchange clears it up a little:

Mayor says you are making the tea party argument.

Allen says “I don’t think so”

Mayor says “which is this . . .

Allen says, ok, tell me.

Mayor says that the notion that a standing government, not army, is unnecessary, because if you don’t directly use the service, you shouldn’t have to pay for it, the point is we have in place a health department, we have in place a fire department, we have in place a city treasurer, we have in place all these functions that are available if needed which cost money every single day. This is not Horatio Alger, this is not a world where everyone is in there on their own. And there may have been days when the fire department wasn’t called in, but it had to be paid for every single day because we wanted to know it was available.

AprilApple said...

When leftwing ideas go bad the left yell: "bad tea party idea! bad tea party idea!"
Silly.

Matthew Sablan said...

In Horatio Alger's books, the hero is rewarded for selfless actions. The most representative of his works, Ragged Dick is about a kid who works hard, relies on the generosity of a church and the education from his roommate to help him get work, and ultimately gets his lucky break when he risks his life to save a drowning person. He chooses to live a better life, and takes action to do so. The Mayor should learn more about Alger's works before speaking again.

AprilApple said...

Occupy movement is a democrat party movement. It's the movement that states: Give me it. I want it. I will take it. It's mine.

Tea Party = individuals who are fed up with democrats who say yes to the occupy movement.

Scott M said...

I've never once gone to a tea party rally or been in any discussions with tea party members who agitated for no fire departments, no police departments, etc. The people that are against those types of things fall somewhere between extreme right libertarians, anarchists, and nihilists.

Nice to see the mayor standing his ground on the 30th. I'm surprised he's let it go on this long.

Fen said...

Well yah. The only way the Left can argue against the Tea Party is to pretend that the call for less government = no government.

In a way, the Mayor was hoist on his own bullshit. Bit I like it when the Left is victimized by its own propaganda. Blowback is a bitch.

traditionalguy said...

Does that mean Obama is behind the Tea Party?

Both do want to change an out of control government, but Obama wants it under a Marxist Ruler's control so we can run smooth like China, while the Tea Party wants it to go back under financial reality controllers.

Sorun said...

The Tea Party is now an all-purpose lefty boogeyman. It's an integral part of the lefty language.

Michael Haz said...

Dear Madison nihilists: When you've lost Paul Soglin, you've lost the war.

AprilApple said...

When the left run out of bad ideas and their tired and strange defense system for those bad ideas crumbles, they really go nuts. Get the popcorn.

Kit said...

Fen, charity comes in many forms. My church, on Madison’s SW side, is working with county and city officials to help provide low income housing options. Yes, there are some tax dollars involved, because of wages, but minimal, as the community and neighborhood is doing the heavy lifting on the every day. Is this “outsourcing”? Are we not supposed to be doing this? To Terry’s comment about needing to be creative with options, I think this is the type of thing he was eluding to. But, this is a longer visioned type of solution that will not fill the need that will be on the city on April 30.

It seems the Occupy exposed a very real shelter vacuum that our homeless naturally gravitated toward and short term solutions don’t seem readily apparent. I don't know where it will lead, but am glad that they're talking.

SGT Ted said...

Yes, TEA PARTY!! KOCH BROTHERS!

BBOOO!


BOOOOOOO!

BE SCARED!

What makes anybody think Occupy is going to behave any different than they have elsewhere. THey will destroy public and private property and try to pick fights with the Police so they can film it and then proclaim "POLICE BRUTIALITY". Just give them enough time.

Thats how the left de-legitimizes authority, in prep forcing changes that favor their cause.

Chip Ahoy said...

That's among the tea party stupidest tea party thing I ever tea party heard a tea party mayor tea party say.

SGT Ted said...

Actually, the OWS campsite gives the homeless cover to live outdoors and panhandle. All the OWS camps were spots for the homeless to hang out and be relatively unnoticed.

Thats why the homeless are camping there. Not lack of services.

Nice try to pimp for more money for "services", though.

Scott M said...

Thats why the homeless are camping there. Not lack of services.

The mayor said that there is an established "in-take" mechanism for homeless people and if they don't avail themselves of it, it's their fault...the heartless bastard. He's probably wearing Gadsden underwear.

Fen said...

Is this “outsourcing”?

A church working with the government to provide aid to the poor? No.

My point was about Leftists who pretend they are champions of the poor (Teddy Kennedy) but never do anything like Leigh Anne Tuohy. Instead, the prefer "I already gave to IRS".

Peter said...

"they have a lot of conditions you have to be in by a certain time, you can’t have visitors, you are cut off from family and friends, its more like a halfway house situation ..."

It's hardly a secret that the problem with government "solutions" to homelessness is that there are not enough conditions.

It's a basic difference between a government entitlement and private charity- the latter almost always imposes conditions. Such as, "if you don't stay drug- and alcohol-free then you can't stay here."

It's also why private charity works, and government "charity" does not: the former is about ending dependency, and the latter is not.

As for Occupy, if it wants to be a social service agency it can apply for grants and funding- and conform to the restrictions, etc. then it can get in line.

But, that's not its style- it makes "demands," not requests.

And Madison would probably tolerate it, if only it were more entertaining.

Fen said...

BTW, notice how the homeless have been out of the news since Bush left office?

I have a sense that, if Romney is elected, the media will allofasudden notice the rise in homeless stats and give us 24/7 saturation.

Same with AfPak. They don't really talk much about American troops dying now that their guy is in charge.

leslyn said...

"But you should have heard the crying and pleading from dedicated Madison folk about how important it was to keep open this wholly unregulated, health-code flouting shanty town, which, it was argued, was housing the homeless."

Wow! That is a great right-wing argument! "We don't need your codes and regulations." As I understand it they do have certain rules of conduct--"family values" as it were. This is (well, was) great! Small government at work!

Matthew Sablan said...

"To Terry’s comment about needing to be creative with options, I think this is the type of thing he was eluding to."

-- Have the homeless at Occupy been helped? Or are they being used by Occupy as political weapons? From this, it certainly looks like they are being exploited. Your church? It is helping people; Occupy is getting people to camp out together in squalor with minimal protections. Are they actually getting homeless people work and shelter, or are they just finding a place for them all to sleep together while using them?

SGT Ted said...

I like how the blog talks around the issues of drunk or drugged out or homeless people who are assholes.

"the shelters have certain conditions..."

Yea, behaving like a human being who's ready to take responsibility for their lives is such a hassle.

AprilApple said...

BTW, notice how the homeless have been out of the news since Bush left office?

I've noticed. I have also noticed the large increase in homelessness where I live.

Safe bet: When Romney is prez, the homeless issue will suddenly matter to liberals again.

Fen said...

Doesn't Occupy use the homeless as squaters to provide a presence overnight while they go back to their hot showers and soft hotel beds?

I'm remembering a thermal cam that showed only 1 in 20 Occupy tents(NYC?) being "occupied" overnight.

Scott M said...

BTW, notice how the homeless have been out of the news since Bush left office?

For those of you keeping score at home, this happened when Clinton took over from Bush Sr. There was endless and massive media attention on the homeless in America, calls of a epidemic, catastrophic crisis...which somehow went away after Perot split the vote and Bubba waltzed his way into 1600 Penn Ave.

In other words, modus operandi.

SGT Ted said...

The homeless issue has always been overblown and for use as a political weapon against the GOP by the press and their lovers in the DNC.

Current Civil Rights law pretty much precludes locking up the crazy ones for more than 72 hours at a time unless they really hurt someone.

The bums and hobos are there for free stuff and could care less about conforming or being responsible. They like their "freedom" and they have many willing dupes to shovel money their way.

AprilApple said...

Where I live, we have this really cool program called "Step 13". You can google it if you want to. No tax payer dollars and this little forgotten thing called -personal responsibility.

Fen said...

Here we go:

"The Daily Mail has published thermal imaging pictures showing that the tents at the Occupy camp near St. Paul’s Cathedral are nearly empty at night.

These are the damning images that prove the anti-capitalist protest that has closed St Paul’s Cathedral is all but deserted at night."

SGT Ted said...

Occupy Hotel Room!

For Great Justice!

What a bunch of frauds.

D.D. Driver said...

"Same with AfPak. They don't really talk much about American troops dying now that their guy is in charge."

Wait, troops are dying in Afghanistan? Oh, you mean this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coalition_military_casualties_in_afghanistan_by_month.svg

ricpic said...

A Marxist screams "reactionary?" Then wear the label proudly!

Scott M said...

Occupy Hotel Room!

For Great Justice!


Nerd.

Alternatively;

All Your Tents Are Belong To Us!

Fen said...

[scene: Occupy Madison, inside a tent]

River: "Oh baby, you can't know how much I care about these people. Its so cold out and they look so hungry and-"

Apple: "You're so compassionate! I really admire all the sacrifices you have made to help these people..."

River: "...uh...want to come up to my room?"

Bob: "Are you guys going back up to the Hyatt Place again?"

Apple: *sigh*

River: "Bob, I told you to give us a little privacy. And where is that sign we lent you? Did you lose it?"

Bob: "sorry...its just...would be nice to have a shower... maybe they still have hot coffee and donuts..."

Apple: *rolls eyes*

River: "No Bob. Apple and I need some space. We'll see if we can score you a donut on the way back tomorrow morning. You just hold the fort down until we get back"

Michael said...

Fen: They ran them out of the front of St. Paul's a while ago. I was in London about two weeks after they were shooed off and the "camp" area was still cordoned off. Guys in white suits and masks were hosing it down.

rhhardin said...

“A Lebenswelt Approach to the Homeless” _Raritan_ XI:3 (Winter 1992)

Parody title suggestions for modern academic journals

cubanbob said...

I suppose its too much to expect them to actually spend the time to look for work.

SGT Ted said...

I suppose its too much to expect them to actually spend the time to look for work.

Fascist.

AprilApple said...

Once again the left make the false accusation that if we want to cut spending and government waste and corruption, we must want to cut the fire department.
I am tired of this strawman.

edutcher said...

Hmm, I thought the Occupation was into trashing Starbucks and chi-chi restaurants. When did this "ministering to the homeless" business start?

I know they murder and rape (their own), but minister?

Fen said...

BTW, notice how the homeless have been out of the news since Bush left office?

You and James Taranto. It was an almost daily feature when Dubya was in.

Doesn't Occupy use the homeless as squaters to provide a presence overnight while they go back to their hot showers and soft hotel beds?

The same way the VC used civilians.

It's an old Commie trick.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I've never once gone to a tea party rally or been in any discussions with tea party members who agitated for no fire departments, no police departments, etc.

Me either. It seems that the Mayor and quite a few others don't understand or more likely have never listened to the message of the Tea Party

1. Fiscal restraint. Stop spending more than you have. Quit wasting money.

2. Smaller government. This doesn't mean NO government. Just responsible and non wasteful government. Less government. Is there anyone who thinks that there in no waste in Government and that we can't cut down on the size and scope of government intrusion?

3. Personal Responsibility. You are responsible for your own life. Charity is the responsibility of the individual which then goes back to #2. Smaller government

4. Adherence to the Constitution. Which should really be #1 because if you do that then 1 2 and 3 are taken care of.

Pretty simple, really.

PatCA said...

They sound like little children enraged that Daddy spanked them.

I'd like to ask the one speaker, who called himself a socialist, what socialist country on earth has ever been "creative and compassionate" as he demands of Madison's government?

alan markus said...

Last week I saw some references to "Tea Party Supreme Court". Google "Robert Shrum Tea Party Supreme Court". Robert Shrum is a Democratic political consultant.

Look for the "Tea Party" label as the next trend - "War on Women" losing it's luster, time to MoveOn to a new set of buzzwards.

Seeing Red said...

Next stop if Romney wins is Grandma is eating cat food.

kimsch said...

AprilApple said...

Once again the left make the false accusation that if we want to cut spending and government waste and corruption, we must want to cut the fire department.
I am tired of this strawman.

I agree.

Some woman with the DNC said yesterday that "restoring America" really means returning to a time when blacks and women weren't allowed to vote.

That goes with their other strawmen of:

If you get rid of unions, suddenly people will be working 80 hours a week for $2 an hour with no weekends. That and children will be required to work 70 hours a week for pennies.

If you loosen EPA regulations all companies will take advantage and the pollution will be everywhere! The earth will die!

Of course, women and blacks won't lose the right to vote, people won't suddenly have to work more than 40 hours without overtime or lose their weekends, children won't be required to work, and companies won't start polluting.

But those same companies might hire more workers if the costs of compliance with other regulations were reduced. There might actually be some more businesses to hire workers if an entrepreneur found that the costs of compliance weren't so high as to actually discourage new business.

Just Lurking said...

Once again the left make the false accusation that if we want to cut spending and government waste and corruption, we must want to cut the fire department. I am tired of this strawman.

Indeed.

Considering that "nuance" is a word that liberals love to toss around when describing their purported superior reasoning abilities, is it telling that they fail to grasp that the tea party call for fiscal responsibility is decidedly not a call for anarchy. It suggests deliberate disingenuousness. Unless they are really not as bright as they think they are.