Why Is It – Low Income Car Ownership Program

There is social enterprise that I have been aware of and been following since it started many years ago. It started with a simple premise : Take donated cars and recondition them and offer them to low income working people for their basic transportation. It has been phenomenally successful.

What it needs to succeed is simply a fully experienced leader who has successfully acquired the skills ( both book smart and street smart) to manage the daily operation, …… It’s a No brainer.                                                                                                                                                                        There are over 150 low-income car ownership programs scattered around the U.S. The most successful of the bunch is this one that I speak off. I was running my Automotive businesses in the area when it started and I knew the originators.

Here is a link to Vehicles for change : : https://www.vehiclesforchange.org/                                                                                                                                                                                                Why is it that every city hasn’t adopted a similar program?

This is one of those rare instances when a charity can be self sustaining relative quickly. After the initial start-up phase is over the program generates enough income thru it’s properly run operation to sustain it self.

Just imagine for a minute if you were in that group of low income people who is employed and needs to depend on a car, …  and can’t get ahead because of the lack of a decent ,reliable, affordable car. …  just imagine trying to live YOUR life without one!

Here’s another program that has been very successful and how it has helped many people : http://www.goodnewsgarage.org/Success-Stories

There is also many other benefits of this type of social business such as training mechanics, detailers, tow truck operators and other employees. It also generates favorable publicity. …  Just imagine of the press you get when you “award” a car to a needy recipient!   Again:             Why is it that every city hasn’t adopted a similar program?             


The Sad Truth

Many young people choose their career path based on what they think will be a “fun” or “prestigious” or a “good paying” job or maybe even a job to help people and society.  So they try to do everything right. Go to college and get as much education as you can and then enter the workforce as “trained” to do that job. But in all reality that is when the learning really begins. In short order most realize that working in the “real” world is much different than they ever could have imagined . If only they could have been exposed of this reality earlier they may have chosen something else to do. All to often their dream occupation turns into a job. Just a job. And the sad truth is a lot of the teachers (even ones that have worked “in the field” do not clue them in on the realities of their chosen profession.

In my lifetime of interaction with many types of people and their occupations I have concluded that very few are top performers who truly love their job and live it 24 -7. They are the people that are always learning and studying ways to improve their performance. Maybe 5% at most. Below them another 5% are great also. Then about 10% are really good and conscientious when on the job but like most people have a ton of other interests and responsibilities away from work. The Sad Truth is 80% of workers are barely competent enough to do the job and half of them (40%) are down right incompetent. And to make matters worse They are protected by their co-workers (we’re a family; we look out for our own etc) or a bureaucracy and/or convoluted system set up to “protect the workers”  but essentially makes it very hard to release incompetent or downright nasty/dangerous people. The Sad Truth is most people we come in contact with are barely competent and half of them are incompetent.

Which brings us to the hot topic of the day – police interactions with citizens caught on video tape. My theory is pretty basic based on the above information. In a perfect world the young officers would be mentored by the top guy’s for a good long while. They would be guided and helped along in their career to become one of the top 10%. But in the real world they are out alone patroling  by themselves . .. so it shouldn’t surprise us when these type of incidents happen. Since each police department is it’s own little fiefdom it is up to the police chief to instill a culture of excellence in everything they do including holding every person up to a high standard and if they can’t “cut the mustard”  reassign them to a job behind the scenes where they don’t have to interact with the public. The police need to police themselves and receive enough continual training (in real life threatening situations) to be evaluated by professional trainers and psychologists/criminologists and made sure they are up to the job.


Why is it Inept and/or corrupt people are put in charge of public money?

Why Is It that people who are put in charge, or have access to taxpayers money are not personally scrutinized and held to the utmost level of responsibility. I’ve seen story after story of high salaried individuals in charge of money end up (after they pilferer it) admitting that they have severe personal money problems, such as being in debt up to their eyeballs ,owe back taxes etc etc. One of the latest is the Detroit school principals that have been charged with stealing many thousands of dollars ( and saying their own personal money problems made ’em do it)  http://www.redding.com/news/377389971.xhtml                                                                                                                                                                                           DSCN5520                                                                                                                               It’s beyond comprehension that these type of crimes continue to happen. Before people are hired and even after they should be able to prove that they are good financial stewards with their own money before they are ever given the opportunity to oversee public funds. As part of the hiring process a very complete background check should be done that includes financial data such as credit reports, proof of taxes filed and paid, etc. etc,  …  and it should be monitored on a ongoing basis.                                    Just because a person has an advanced college degree does NOT mean that they handle their own finances appropriately and  if they can’t demonstrate that they have mastered their own finances, they should not be considered for any position overseeing any money.                                             John                                                                                                                     DSCN5547