The Growing Homeless Problem

The Growing Homeless Problem Ver. 1.0.4

Our Safety-Nets are failing both Socialistic and Capitalistic Systems

Jack E. Johnston

4/6/2019

Edited by KTB

Copyright 2019

Introduction

My financial partner and I are considering renting out real property that we own.  I stopped by a local property management office to inquire about arranging for a property manager for this property.  We seemed to hit it off, and during our communications she became aware that she had a “troubleshooter” in her office.  She was also interested in the growing homeless problem in our community, as well as communities nearby.   I had never considered investigating this homeless problem, but thinking on my feet, I went to the very basics of troubleshooting.  When one wants to find out who is responsible for certain actions, the old saw is “follow the money.”  Who could be making money off the homeless, who are homeless because they do not have any money? Is this a ridiculous question to ask?   

Personal Experience

Having had the experience of using several of our nation’s safety nets in regard to disabilities, resulting from an incident in the workplace, involving in an exposure to high density toxic fumes and a highway speed (50 mph) rear-end hit-and-run collision, I may be the one person who can shed some light on this growing homeless problem in our nation’s communities.

My general consensus is that of the two safety net systems in place – socialistic and capitalistic – both of these systems have similar objectives.  Their objective is to either put a stop to an individual from entering into their safety net system, to remove those from their disability roles as soon as possible, or to buy the claimant off with a payment for the claimant’s losses at a price that is as low as possible.  These objectives being the case, it is those who are providing the safety nets for our nation’s victims who are making money off the homeless in our nation’s communities, and they are causing the growing homeless problem.

The For-Profit Safety Net Providers

Thus it is the for-profit/compensated safety net providers: workman’s compensation, private disability companies, public disability organizations, insurance companies of all types (auto, home, flood, utilities, etc.), and even compensated Social Security Administration disability that are the responsible parties for the homeless problem. The compensated employees are subject to evaluation by their managers; subsequently their salary is dependent on their job performance.  For a government-supported activity with limited resources, this performance evaluation will dominate the decisions of the disability evaluators. 

The Non-Profit Safety Net Providers

In our past history, non-profit disability organizations dominated  social relief programs.  Many churches today have the homeless as one of their priorities, with various services provided from showers and breakfasts to housing, etc.  However, to become a contributing member of some of our churches in these homeless ministries, one must become a member of that church.  Churches, in some cases in the USA, have become more like Christian clubhouses; one must agree to a code of conduct and/or a code of faith particular to that church or religious organization. These extra requirements to participate in the solution to the problem are likely to cause a shortage of participants in these homeless programs.  It would be more productive for these churches and religious organizations to review the basics of their organizations/beliefs and separate the facts from opinions of the basic foundations of their church or religion. It is this writer’s observation that churches are better at spreading gossip than at separating the facts form opinions. It is amazing how opinions can be made into facts.

Past Leadership of the Planet

If one decides they want to influence the world and has the basic physical requirements  of a physical presence and the ability to move a large volume of air over their vocal cords into a large resonate cavity (the mouth) and open that cavity to expel, in great earnestness and personal conviction, (“preach to the choir’), they will probably be successful in reaching their goals.  Some of history’s past great orators were: Cicero of Rome, Hitler of Germany, Billy Graham of the USA.  Billy Graham taught in his seminars what he had learned since Sunday School (“…since he was knee-high to Hector and Hector was still a pup,” as an old college friend said).  Billy spoke with great conviction and earnestness. He told the people what they wanted to hear, and he told them what he believed in is heart was “the truth.”   However, speaking forcefully with conviction does not make opinions equal facts. 

In Search of the “Truth”

These protocols date back to the seventeenth century French philosopher Rene` Descartes, and were modernized during the serial program on radio and television called “Dragnet.”

  • The first responsibility of an investigator is to separate the facts from opinions.  Sergeant Joe Friday of the Investigative Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, this fictional character in the serial “Dragnet,” often stated when interviewing witnesses, “Just the facts ma’am, just the facts.”
  • The second responsibility of an investigator is to not form any opinion on the outcome of the investigation.  If an investigator attempts to prove what they know is the correct outcome, they will undoubtedly prove themselves right.  The Innocence Project, to this day, is finding innocent people who have spent years in prison due to these faulty investigations. 
  • The third responsibility of the investigator is to be skeptical of all information, assuming the information to be false until proven to be true.

The Bottom Line

If a disability evaluator is motivated to keep or remove a disabled person, particularly one who is  mentally disabled and would have difficulty even dealing with the disability evaluator, they would likely find the person they are evaluating not qualified for long-term disability coverage from the safety net organization they represent. Alternatively “the probability for being withheld from long-term disability is greater than the probability that one will be granted long-term disability if this is mental disability.”     

The Changing Dichotomy of the USA

In the early 1970’s, the dichotomy of the USA began changing when we decided that women should enter the workforce as professionals. This progression has now been in progress for almost five decades.  Some interesting changes have occurred in our society – some positive and some that are giving us great difficulty in overcoming.  Increasing homelessness is somewhat a result of this changing dichotomy of our society. 

Two Income Families: With two incomes from college-educated parents, the gap between the haves and the have-nots has increased.  This has resulted in those single-income families having difficulty with the economics of “supply and demand.”  The more demand for products, the higher the price for those products, and this includes housing.  Single parent families often see the need to supplement their income with more income-producing activities. Some of these activities, such as solicitations by those single parents who interface with those of greater wealth for information about vacations, etc.,  earn extra income on the black market from the “home burglary societies.”  Other single parents find that they need to work two or even three jobs to meet their financial needs of their family. Our society often ends up educating and teaching their children, and one could say that the children grow up parentless, which snowballs the uncertainty of the economic future of their children. 

Two Working Professionals Find They Only Have Time to Raise One Child.  Only children have some very distinct personality characteristics.  These special skill packages have, in the past history of the USA, made them leaders of the country or leaders in some organization – even leaders in the church.  These special characteristics were somewhat manageable when these only children were few in our society. We gave them leadership positions and even gave them their own office or work space.  But what do we do with a nation of leaders? A nation of the following:

  • I win, you lose
  • It’s my way or the highway
  • I’m right, even though I’m not”
  • I want this, I want that, I want it my way”
  • Look, see what I have accomplished
  • Didn’t I do a god job
  • I’m in control here” 
  • See how important I am
  • Negotiate? What’s that?
  • See what a good job I have done for you
  • Look at the long-term plan that I have documented for your organization
  • “Follow my instincts? What are instincts?”

These are some of the distinctly only child’s special personalities actions or vocalizations.

There are various levels of these only child characteristics.  These characteristics are also noticeable in situations where the child received more of the parents’ attention than their siblings such as: “The little prince or princess” (a boy or girl arriving after several children of the opposite sex); a “firstborn or even a later-born” with more than five years between siblings (they received minimal influence from their siblings and more attention from their parents). Basically these only children performed for their parents and, as grown adults, are performing for some organization.

The Bully: The classes in our primary school system are being saturated with these only child personalities that, when looked at from the viewpoint of those not so embellished, sees them as “bullies”. In the reports of school shootings the past decade, the word “bullies” has surfaced as the cause of the mass shooting in the school.

 “Before a problem can be solved, the problem must first be correctly identified. Failure to correctly identify the problem before a solution is enacted will result in the problem becoming worse and harder to solve.”  

Q.E.D.

Personal Notes

When I was exposed to high-density toxic fumes in the workplace and went through the various safety net programs, both socialistic and capitalistic, and ended up with my income being reduced to 40% of my pre-disability income, I was lucky because my financial partner was employed at a salary that could sustain us financially.  However, due to being employed by a contractor of the US government, I was allowed to be Social Security exempt.  That resulted in me being three quarter credits short for qualifying for Social Security benefits, including SS Disability.  

I had been a leader in a church’s singles ministry for several years before moving on to being a Sunday school teacher.  I now thought I could get a position in my new church and earn enough Social Security credits to qualify for Social Security benefits.  I therefore applied at this church for a paid position within the church structure.  I received a visit from their lay preacher leader and was interviewed for a position in this church. 

I knew I was in trouble when I offered to make him a cup of coffee.  He responded, “Have you ever made a cup of coffee?”  I had to admit that this was going to be my first cup of coffee.  He refused my offer for a cup of coffee.  As the interview progressed, I dutifully answered his questions.  When he asked what books I read, I thought I would cut to the chase with an offer of free information. The background for this action is as follows: At the end of my seventeen years as a Sunday School teacher, in preparation for an Easter Sunday lesson plan, I had performed as a professional troubleshooter on an organization scale for several decades. I now thought that I could no longer teach these fourth-graders the church doctrine about Easter. My first and only self-created lesson plan was focused on the meaning of  Easter. This lesson plan did not go well with the newly-arrived preacher to this church, as his youngest son was in my class.  My cut-to-the-chase free information was: “The main issue you need to be concerned about is that I think this visitor to Earth was crucified on Easter for different reasons than what we have been taught” (or words to that effect).  That ended this interview. I have since found out that this interviewer is an “Only-Child” with a “Rescue Complex”.

The aftermath of this interview is a prime example of the lack of respect for the First Amendment to the Constitution of the USA – “Freedom of Speech” and “Freedom of the Press”  – in the church.  I not only did not receive a paid position in the church so that I could earn Social Security credits, but now was restricted to any contact with church children, visitors to the church, attending any church social functions and was restricted to use of only one classroom in this church.  When this church got a new lead pastor right out of seminary, after I had a few interactions with him and visits from three of the church elders who showed me the contract that I had signed to obey their codes of conduct to be a church member, I received my signed invitation to “find another church.”  I now have this document framed and hanging on my home office wall. This confirmed my view that the churches have become Christian clubhouses. 

After several years of being restricted to this one classroom in the church where my opinions were quickly squelched by the leaders of this group, I am now able to speak, usually, without being shouted down but still receive some uproar when I challenge church activities. I created a couple of blogs: “A New Paradigm in Christian Thinking” and Gadflyblog.com.  I am not allowed to give any information about these blogs inside of the church.

However, one of the leaders in this class and I have formed a successful music group, “Jack and Mark” et.al., a bluegrass style pickup band, and we are now performing quite successfully in downtown businesses, coffee houses and restaurants.  This is after about a decade of performing as street musicians and on an open-air bandstand in the downtown city park on Sunday afternoons.   We perform as “National Crises Troubleshooters masquerading as musicians.”  We have a two-hour repertoire of national interest tunes, bluegrass standards, old-time gospel, original tunes, folk tunes and message tunes.

Our Mission

 It is our mission to teach our audience thegood news of the kingdom  that the “Messenger from the Creator of the Universe” brought to planet Earth and to inform the planet not to promulgate laws like the lawmakers have done or they will come to dominate us.”  This representative of the creator of the universe taught us about science and the processes the creator created and how we can plug into these processes.  His listeners did not have the capability to understand the science he was teaching and made a religion from His teachings.  Therefore, it is our objective to rid planet Earth of religion and teach the science that this representative of the creator of the universe taught.

The USA has promoted the Democratic form of government throughout the planet Earth. History has shown that democratically lead nations have a way of self-destructing.  These nations self-destruct because they did not understand the guiding economic principles of what has become known as “The Ten Commandments.”  These guidelines would be better understood if known as “Ten Hypothetical Imperatives” a situation where one obeys the imperatives because there is a reward for doing so.  These Ten Imperatives are directly tied to the “Economic Operating Efficiency” of that nation.  The Economic Operating Efficiency of a nation is demonstrated in that nation’s “National Debt”.   Our second president John Adams stated “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”  The growing homeless situation in the USA is an indication that we are not following these “Ten Hypothetical Imperatives”.  We promote this theme with a medley of “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie and “Hypothetical Imperatives” arranged by Jack E Johnston and based on Exodus Chapter 20 and an original “The Promise” by Jack E Johnston based on John 14:3.  Q.E.D.

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Firstborns, Only Children and the Later Born

Firstborns, Only Children and the Later Born Ver. 1.2.2

(Why to do they Always get Voted the Most Likely to Succeed in Medicine, Science and Politics?)

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://gadflyblog.com/tag/adlerian-psy/

http://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/adlerian-psy/

12/28/2015

Revised 2/8/2017

Copyright 2015

 

Introduction

The Firstborn and the Only Child have some common personality and skill packages that put them in good favor of being successful in medicine, science and politics.  The personality characteristics of the Only Child can somewhat be considered a super firstborn.  A short inventory of Doctors, Scientist, and Politicians reveals a significant population of Firstborn and Only Children.  Only children come in two varieties the Natural Only Child and the Functional Only Child.  The basic premises are that the Only Child grew up in their family of origin without the benefit of younger siblings to interact with.  Firstborns also come in different varieties: Firstborn, Firstborn Male, Firstborn Female and those who had at least five years separating them from their siblings.  Several of the past presidents of the USA were Functional Only Children as shown in the chart below.

Notable Leaders with Similar Families of Origin

Person of Interest Sibling Status[i] Leadership Roles
Abraham Lincoln Lost younger sibling at early age.  A functional only child. President of USA during Civil War
Theodore Roosevelt Lost younger brother at early age.  A functional only child. President of USA, Leader of The Rough Riders at San Juwan Hill.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Raised by mother/grandmother. A functionally only child President of USA for four terms.  Strengthened the US infrastructure.
Thomas Edison[ii] An only child Early American Inventor extraordinaire.
J. Edgar Hoover[iii] Older siblings greater than ten years.  A functional only child Head of the FBI for fifty years
Bill Clinton Raised up alone as a functional only child. President of the USA

 

 

George W. Bush Seven years between first son and second son President of the USA
Barak Obama Raised up alone as a functional only child. President of the USA

 

Vladimir Putin [iv] Natural only child Leader, Russia
Dr. Dobson[v] Natural only child Head of Focus on the Family
Teaching Pastor [vi] Natural only child Leader and teacher of a local church

Adlerian Psychology is the study of Birth-Order and it relationship to personality characteristics.  The foremost author in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century is Dr. Kevin Leman.[vii]  Below is his chart of Firstborn personalities the benefits and handicaps.

Traits of a Firstborn[viii]

Trait Positive Aspects Negative Aspects
Perfectionist Does everything well Overly critical and dissatisfied with his own performance
Driven Ambitious, headed for success Always under great pressure
Organized Able to stay on top of everything No room in life for flexibility
Scholarly Able to think problems through and solve them Sometimes thinks too much; is overly serious
List Maker Get things done; knows where he’s going Boxes himself in; becomes a slave to his list
Logical Avoids pitfalls of compulsive behavior Knows he’s right even when he isn’t
Leader Plays an important part in his family, community, etc. Expected to do too much; always leaned on by others
Compliant Known as a good guy Known as an easy mark
Aggressive Gets ahead in life’ others look up to him Tends to be selfish and to disregard the feelings of others

 

Traits of Only Children [ix] (Super Firstborns)

Trait Positive Aspects Negative Aspects
Uncompromising Gets what they want Others do not get what they want
Communication Style “I want” this and “I want” that Others do not get what they want
Controlling Must be in control of all situations Others are left out of participating in the solutions
Must be the leader Natural take charge leaders Cannot follow some else’s lead

 

 

In charge of their life Knows where they are going Does not always know how to get where they want to go or accept nontraditional methods
Trusts in Tradition Steady guiding force of the proven whether successful or not; trusts the existing paradigm Not receptive to out-of-the-box thinking; will reject a new paradigm
Non-Negotiator They get what they want No experience in negotiating a “Workable Compromise” with another sibling
Successful against all odds “They can be anything they want to be” “Their mother or grandmother”. Good examples of “The Peter Principle” ( promoted above their capabilities)
Criticism Criticizes self for improvement to perfection Criticizes others.  “Judge and what every measure you use to judge, so shall you be judged.” [x]
Pays attention to the details Advantageous in Science, Engineering and Medicine Can get bogged down in the details striving for perfection
Long range planners Can make detailed plans for the future of an organization Gets committed to his plan and unwilling to change course.
Likes structure Scheduling/Planning/Structure is paramount Does not do well with spontaneous  opportunities
Prefers association with more mature adults Grew up alone with adults, therefore is comfortable with more mature adults Misses out on some play time with adults in their age group.
Approval seeking “Look what I have done by myself” Works better alone than with a group

 

Discussion

The largest difference between the Firstborn in the family and the Only-Child is their interaction and competition for their parent attention with their siblings.  The Firstborn with siblings is often put in charge of the younger siblings and develops leadership skills and sensitivity to the feelings of their siblings.  They are often responsible for organizing the games they will play together and setting the rules of the games.  The Firstborns will develop a parental role towards their younger siblings looking after them and protecting them.  This will usually manifest itself in a “Tell Assertive” communicative style where they usually assert themselves by telling other what to do.   It’s little wonder that this family pecking order is reestablished in the workplace.  The Only-Child misses out on these interactions with siblings; this could be a natural or a functional Only-Child (one who lost their siblings early in life or was isolated from them in different ways) and comes into the workforce with a individualistic communication style (It’s all about me).

To meet the demands of their younger siblings, the Firstborn must learn the art of “negotiating workable compromises”, the Only-Child is not afforded this opportunity.  The Only-Child has no competition for their parent’s attention and is often made to think they are the most important person on the planet (which from their parents point of view they are the most important person on the planet).  The Firstborn has this position of being the most important person on the planet for a short period of time until the second child is born.  They get read to sleep at night and spend time alone with their parents for this short time, than the competition arrives and their exclusive access to their parents change and the amount of time the parents can focus on each child changes.  This can be shown experimentally by examining the forensic evidence in the family photo album.  There one can find many photos of the Firstborn alone, but the rest of the siblings are photographed with “The Gang” with the exception of the Lastborn who gets some individual attention from their parents when their siblings have left the nest.

The Middleborn

The middle kids usually develop good negotiating skills, they have had to establish “Their Space” between an older sibling and a younger sibling and keeping the peace between the older and younger sibling especially if all are the same sex.  This negotiating skill will manifest itself in an “Ask Assertive” communication style where they learn how to maintain control and the peace by asking questions to assert themselves over their siblings and coworkers.  They often find themselves in middle management positions keeping the peace between those running the organization, the firstborns, and the lastborn workers.   The middle-born child often tries to get through live without being noticed, they are just part of “The Gang” [xi]

The Lastborn

The Lastborn grows up with almost everything laid out for them by their older siblings and parents and they come into the workforce looking to be directed by others in the workforce.  They often want their own ‘Freedom’ but once on their own find it difficult to manage their affairs to keep them solvent.  They tend to be more sociable than their older siblings and an easy mark for being taken advantage of in adulthood. [xii]   Probably from their social nature, the Sales Force seems to be disproportionately populated with the Lastborns in their family of origin, and comedians and philosophers are also well represented by the Lastborns (Anything to get out of doing real work).

Personal Experience in Adlerian Psychology

At a national science laboratory platform speakers club (LLNL), I once had the podium in an impromptu speaking session.  The meeting was held in a large conference room holding over a dozen people.  I asked the members of this speakers club how many of them were the firstborn in their families of origin?  All the people in the room, except me, raised their hand indicating they were the firstborns in their families.  I performed a similar experiment in a study group at a local church again with over a dozen members.  I asked how many men in this class had an older brother.  Ninety percent of the men raised their hands.  I then asked how many women in this class were the oldest in their family of origin; eighty percent of the men with older brothers came to class with their firstborn wives!  At another church where I had previously been a member and knew several men in this church, I asked if they had an older brother, their answer “yes” even the young preacher had an older brother.  Does this mean that ninety percent of men who are involved with the mission of a church have an older brother?  I asked the young preacher if his older brother went into the field of science, he replied in the affirmative.  Does this writer have an older brother?  “Yes”.  Ten years older, that would qualify this writer as a functional only child.  Is this writer involved with the mission of the church?  This is the same writer of the Blog: http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/.

The Case of DNA

Does DNA play a role in our personality traits and skill packages?  In a recent program, on PBS, the latest developments of DNA science were disclosed that our DNA changes with our experience so as we learn new skills (and knowledge) our DNA changes to reflect these additions to our skill packages.  Therefore, when the parents, who are young and inexperienced, have their first children, the DNA passed down to these first children will be different than the DNA passed down to later children because the DNA of the parents have changed with their adult experiences.  All of the children in a family will then receive different skill packages from the same parents, depending on how more advanced and experienced their parents developed.

QED

[i] http://deadpresidents.tumblr.com/post/15457991558/which-presidents-were-the-oldest-child-the

[ii] PBS 2015

[iii] ibid

[iv] Frontline 01/2015

[v] Personal information

[vi] ibid

[vii] http://drleman.com

[viii] Dr. Kevin Leman, “The First Born Advantage” Revell pub., 2008, P 69

[ix] Personal observations well working with the USA’s Best of the Best at a national science Laboratory and a local church

[x] Jesus Matthew 7:1-5

[xi] http://drleman.com

[xii] Luke 15:11-24