We can’t just keep tamping down symptoms while problems get bigger.
Seattle and King County are spending over $200,000,000 a year on the downstream side of the epidemic of broke and broken people, but things are getting worse. While the electeds keep doing the same thing expecting different results, few voters would argue that their approach has failed.
When the word “prevention” is used by Seattle or King County government in conjunction with homelessness, they usually mean preventing someone from being evicted. I wish they had more interest in preventing the whole problem of broke and brokenness in the first place. That would certainly stem a tremendous number of eviction problems downstream, but as you know, neither Wall Street nor politicians typically focus on the long term and we all pay a price for that.
I will be the politician that does.
It makes me think of the decades it took for Finland to go from having one the world’s worst education systems to one of the best, lest anyone think the “Finnish Miracle” happened overnight.
Failure to effectively guide kids through their development and education systems that don’t work for most are huge pieces of the root problem. When 50% of the kids in our state can’t read, write or do math, it’s no wonder that multi-generational poverty, mental illness and addiction proliferate.
It also makes me think of Iceland and how their youth drug and alcohol use plummeted when they started issuing leisure vouchers so kids could participate in their hobbies and interests without financial barriers.
Kids who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21 and kids who haven’t used hard drugs by the time they enter high school, probably won’t ever use them.
The ironically named ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences – mostly related to abuse and neglect – account for much of the epidemic of broken adults. A healthy, well-developed brain is the secret sauce and since there’s no way to re-do those first 25 years, it is there we should focus. #thisisfixable
Please consider making a campaign contribution so I can talk about strategic solutions that actually fix problems down at City Hall. We can’t just let the electeds waste our money dabbling around with the superficial treatment of symptoms while Seattle continues to reek of political failure. They’re still claiming we can build our way out of this by ramping up failed policies and programs with money from taxes on jobs.
I hope you’ll head upstream with me to prevent problems from happening. Prevention is sustainable.