Friday, July 12, 2013

Chicago 'mayhem' prompts politician to call for National Guard

Back in my day, we got the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act -- better known as CETA -- and today the kids get the National Guard.

The purpose of CETA?

The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA, Pub.L. 93–203) was a United States federal law enacted by the Congress, and signed into law by President Richard Nixon December 28, 1973[1] to train workers and provide them with jobs in the public service. The bill was introduced as S. 1559, the Job Training and Community Services Act,[2] by Senator Gaylord Nelson (Democrat of Wisconsin) and co-sponsored by Senator Jacob Javits (Republican of New York).

The program offered work to those with low incomes and the long term unemployed as well as summer jobs to low income high school students. Full-time jobs were provided for a period of 12 to 24 months in public agencies or private not for profit organizations. source

CETA was killed by President Ronald Raygun.

Reagan Administration wanted nothing to do with a program that helped disadvantaged young people, so it axed CETA, which has never been replaced. Read entire story

In the dog days of summer, our children have little or no jobs skills -- those with skills have bleak job opportunities -- poor education, crippling poverty and easy access to WMD (weapons of mass destruction).
Read on:

The onslaught of gun crime in Chicago has spurred members of Congress to convene a  summit on urban violence and prompted a state lawmaker to demand the National Guard be called in to stop the “mayhem.”

“Every single day we wake up in the city of Chicago, some child, some young adult, some African-American male has been murdered,” state Rep. Monique Davis said Thursday. “This is not acceptable.
“I’m hearing from mothers that they are afraid to go outside,” she said. “Hospitals are overburdened with 70 gunshot wounds in one day. Ambulances are so busy people are driving victims in their own cars.”  source
I am well aware:
Law and order has to be restored. Folks should feel safe enough to walk the streets of their neighborhood. And mothers should not have to mourn the deaths of their young.
But at the end of the day, showing we want to invest in our most cherished commodity -- our children -- let's send CETA back in.

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