Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Recipe: Your Tax Dollars at Work
Take: one group of faithful Christians from the Korean Church on a recent Sunday
Add: homeless individuals on the streets of downtown Dallas who are hungry and thirsty
Toss in: food, conversation, loving concern
Let steep at approximately 105 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes.
Add some chilled bottled water.
Let spirits rise.
Bake at somewhere in the neighborhood of 110 degrees heat index. It is best to cook this in the late afternoon on hot asphalt or concrete.
Just as the recipe is put into the oven, add 9 police cruisers, a paddy wagon and an ambulance. (Ambulance may be required in case the police cruisers, paddy wagon, homeless citizens and church members don’t combine properly.)
Arrest first two ingredients — homeless people and church members — before they combine completely and something good happens.
Take all to jail and run their names to check for warrants. Be especially careful of the church members, as they can be an explosive, dangerous ingredient, doing good deeds where they may be unwarranted.
Release those ingredients which don’t have warrants. Put the remaining ingredients in containers. (Beware: containers may already be overfilled.)
Yield: your tax dollars at work during an historic budget crisis in Dallas in which about 440 city employees will be laid off. Though no one in the fire or police departments will be laid off, they will likely be required to take five furlough days by the fiscal year’s end.