Well, at Least the Borrowed Chinese Money Will Get You Popcorn, Probably No Butter

You know, I have to admit that when the “stimulus” bill, otherwise known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), was being thrashed about I and most of America had a number of concerns that the money would be wasted.  We just didn’t see how borrowing record amounts of money resulting in record amounts of debt and deficits to spend on government bureaucrat dreams could possibly help America. So far it hasn’t  but that is about to change this coming weekend!

No, I’m not talking about Owebama’s most recent plan to spend even more money that we don’t have to provide more payback money for democrat unions who in turn will spend the money on trying to get the Washington Three Stooges (Owebama, Reid and Pelosi) re-elected. My sincerest apologies to Curly, Mo and Shemp (or your favorite third stooge) for associating them with the likes of the real stooges. No, I’m talking about a worthwhile  expenditure of our tax money and one I’m sure the Chinese will be most pleased about, the “Show Me Social Justice International Film Festival” this weekend in Warrensburg.

Here is what you are getting for the interest your tax dollars, your children’s tax dollars, your grand children’s tax dollars etc, etc are paying for:

What You Can Expect:

Located in west central Missouri, Warrensburg has been selected as the site for the first annual Show Me Social Justice International Film Festival.  For three days in September the community of Warrensburg…will play host to this one-of-a-kind special event.

While films (features, documentary, and shorts) are being solicited from around the world, only the best will be shown at the festival.  Those attending will have the opportunity to screen several very special films as well as attend some very special events…

Now that doesn’t really sound bad does it? And certainly if you read the “Mission Statement” on the website it ‘sounds’ reasonable:

The purpose of the Show Me Social Justice International Film Festival is to raise awareness of Social Justice Issues. Using a variety of artistic media, our goal is to impact our communities, both locally and globally, in order to inspire personal responsibility and positive action

Again, sounds good but not worthy of my borrowed money being spent on such things.  Particularly when you consider that “social justice” is simply code for supporting the re-distribution of wealth.  The “social justice” people don’t really see it that way.

You see, they believe the reason that those who don’t have what the “social justice” people would give to them of yours is because you, the rich, have it all.  You can bet they will try to not make too many people out to be the rich but in order to pay for their schemes, sooner or later everyone will be rich. Just exactly how does that help? It doesn’t! Like all good wealth re-distributors, they believe it is government’s role to “equalize” between the “haves” and the “have nots”.

It’s may not be their fault. They either forgot they were taught or perhaps were never taught that America was built on the premise of “equal opportunity” to succeed not the “equal guarantee” to succeed!

Unfortunately, that truth has been lost in America.  It would be nice to say that it was lost in the last 18-24 months but it wasn’t.

Time will tell whether the truth can be reclaimed. I know that it won’t if we simply accept the fact we allow things like this

“project is funded in whole/or part with federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.  The funds received from the Family Support Division are all federally funded.”

Write your Congressman if he voted for the ARRA and this frivolous use of your tax money and let him know that November is coming.  Write Senator McCaskill and ask her how this expenditure is a responsible use of your tax dollars and let her know that it is just one of the many items piling up on her list of bad decisions.

Write your state representative or state senator and let them know you don’t appreciate the Family Services Division spending your tax dollars on this “film” festival.

Finally, contact the sponsors (scroll down when you go to the page) of this event and let them know you don’t appreciate your tax dollars being used for this purpose and that should you ever have the choice to support their service/business you will go elsewhere.

Now that is Social Justice!

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3 Responses to “Well, at Least the Borrowed Chinese Money Will Get You Popcorn, Probably No Butter”

  1. […] Social Services, Family Support Division, had awarded some amount of stimulus dollars to the “Show Me Social Justice International Film Festival“.  We were made aware of this atrocious use of our tax dollars by an alert patriot who saw a […]

  2. Robert says:

    Good work! Keep after frivolous spending and irresponsible fiscal policies.
    My California friends are impressed by Missouri’s efforts to “right our listing boat”.

  3. Jim says:

    “Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.”
    –Helen Keller

    It is my opinion that the Show Me Social Justice International Film Festival in Warrensburg, Missouri has indeed represented the funds from a federal grant in a justifiable and honest manner, and Sen. Pearce and Mr. Rowson from DSS are ignorant of these facts and are only reacting because of a few complaints. Their timing and lack of consideration to the festival, to bring their concerns to light on the very eve of the festival opening, shows how disrespectful and irresponsible they are to a group who are providing a stimulus increase and positive impact to Warrensburg. Sen. Pearce and Mr. Rowson have done a great injustice to a cause devoted to social justice, human rights, and freedoms necessary for the liberty and integrity of everyone.

    The DSS administers and Sen. Pearce’s knee jerk reactions come from concerns from “constituents” whom I believe are reacting out of their self interest and fear, and do not fully understand what this film festival can, and is doing for the economy of this community. Not to mention the awareness of Social Justice, and how important that is in today’s society when unfairness and injustice is happening on a daily basis. Do they not realize that we are all in this time of economic crises together, and now is not the time to be turning on one another because a few do not think stimulus money should be spent on “the arts?” How foolish and narrow minded and intolerant! Instead of complaining and criticizing, anyone could have come to the festival and supported it, could have seen the good it was doing, asked questions, expanded their awareness of issues happening all around us, or could have humbly volunteered.

    This film festival raised positive awareness to important topics, brought economic stimulus to the community through tourism of festival attendees, jobs and training to low-income workers, support of the arts, and community spirit. The irony here – demonstrating an injustice and disservice to a film festival that is all about embracing understanding and social justice.

    Patriot: a person who vigorously supports his country and its way of life.

    “The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.”
    –Marian Wright Edelman

    Columbia, MO

  4. Roger says:

    Probably you didn’t go to the Festival or talk to anyone who did. My wife and I saw every film, except one on autism that we had to miss, and I don’t remember a single one advocating any redistribution of wealth. Two did encourage help for homeless people, but they both showed the homeless people (in Atlanta and South Africa) as trying to make it on their own. Actually, now that I think of it, just about every film was about how folks with problems were trying to solve them by themselves or with help from various private organizations. Frankly, I expected them to be more political, but the government at all levels was barely noted.

  5. […] that our state government was using nearly $100,000 of borrowed Chinese money in support of the Show-Me Social Justice International Film Festival. Legislators received thousands of e-mails about this issue!  As a result, the Department of […]