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Friday, December 23, 2005

Limits of Democrat Compassion

Now we all know that homeless people are Democrats 'cause Republicans are all "rich" and evil and hate homeless people, so it's up to those generous Democrats to provide for these unfortunate souls in their time of need. UNLESS the homeless vote Republican:

"[Ted] Hayes is a big tower of a man who looks like he could have just as easily played in Bob Marley's band as be Los Angeles's pre-eminent homeless advocate, which he is. In 1993, Hayes founded Dome Village, a community to house homeless people and instill in them a "philosophy of self-governance, responsibility, productivity, volunteerism and respect for individuals," thereby providing "avenues for homeless people to seek empowerment and make a break from the chronic cycle and psyche of homelessness."
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Apparently, multi-millionaire retired attorney Milton Sidley never expected Ted Hayes to be a Republican, either. Sidley, you see, is the landlord for Dome Village, which currently pays Sidley $2,500 per month, plus property taxes, for the right to occupy the formerly blighted encampment site.
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[A]n article earlier this month..mentioned Hayes's political leanings. Perhaps Milton Sidley--a partisan Democrat who contributed $4,000 to the John Kerry campaign in 2004--noticed the article: all of a sudden, the landlord has announced that Dome Village's rent will increase by over 630% when the lease comes up in late 2006. Each month, Dome Village will have to come up with $18,333 plus property taxes in order to stay afloat, or the residents will face homelessness once again. According to a recent press release from Dome Village, when asked about the rent increase, Sidley replied, "This Democrat is tired of supporting Ted and his Dome Village."

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