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The Problem Is Liberalism, Not Racism

Posted by on Mar. 31, 2014 at 7:26 AM
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When Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif, went off on Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, for his remarks that “We have got a tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work,” the wrong part what she had to say got all the attention.

The big buzz that Congressional Black Caucus member Lee generated was her accusation that Ryan’s remarks were a “thinly veiled racial attack.”

But the part of her remarks I found most interesting was “…Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America.”

Paul Ryan has been one of the most creative and courageous policy thinkers in Washington in recent years.

Ryan sat down with me for an interview shortly before he ran for Vice President in 2012 (the interview is on my organization’s website www.urbancure.org). His thoughtfulness and compassion came through loud and clear and he zeroed in on the core of a problem I have been talking and writing about for more than 20 years – government programs that not only do not solve problems but make problems worse.

I stepped into this whole business of public policy from my own experience with welfare. I saw that the welfare program, which operated in this country from the 1960’s until it was reformed in 1996, that required women to not work, not save, and not get married in order to qualify for their welfare checks was a most efficient mechanism to destroy family and perpetuate poverty.

So it should come as no surprise that single parent black households tripled as a percentage of all black households from the 1960’s to today.

Where Barbara Lee is right is that this is not about race. What it is about is liberalism.

The racial aspect comes into play in that black political leaders, like Congresswoman Lee, overwhelmingly embrace liberalism, progressivism, welfare statism – whatever you want to call it – that has failed and caused untold damage in the very communities they claim to want to help. And they refuse to ever learn. Their answer to every problem, despite prior experience, is more government, more taxpayer’s dollars.

When real reformers like Paul Ryan come along, they get branded racist.

In a column I wrote a couple years ago, I pointed out that the 41 member Congressional Black Caucus were uniformly Democrats, had a 100% reelection rates, and the average poverty rate in these Congressional Black Caucus districts was 20.3% and the average child poverty rate 28.8% - both well above national averages.

Economist Walter Williams has pointed out that, in America’s top 10 poorest cities with populations more than 250,000, “…for decades, all of them have been run by Democratic and presumably liberal administrations. Some of them – such as Detroit (now the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history), Buffalo, Newark, and Philadelphia, haven’t elected a Republican mayor for more than half a century. What’s more is that, in some cases for decades, the mayors of six of these high-poverty cities have been black Americans.”

Again, the point is not that the mayors of these cities are black. It is that they are liberals. And black politicians, like Congresswoman Barbara Lee, overwhelmingly are liberals, and they remain liberals, despite a long and consistent track record of failure.

When welfare was reformed, liberals like Barbara Lee fought it.

It is pure self-absorption for any interest group to think it is all about them. America is in real trouble today and we’re all in this together.

Ms. Lee talks about “code words.” Her code word is “racist”, which means someone, like Paul Ryan, who wants to make Americans of all backgrounds better off by giving them more freedom, more choice, more responsibility, and less government.

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lga1965
by on Mar. 31, 2014 at 7:29 AM
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 Paul Ryan is an elitist, wealthy, narrow minded prig.

purpleducky
by Silver Member on Mar. 31, 2014 at 7:29 AM
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banging head into wall

stormcris
by Christy on Mar. 31, 2014 at 7:38 AM
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She might want to be careful about her ideals of welfare statism. Right now (as in started this past Friday) there is a run on the banks in Cyprus and they are having to send in money from IMF just to keep up, so that would be welfare statism as well. Could you imagine what would happen here if there was such a run in the US? Cyprus had capital controls in place and just lifted them. We are to get some of those capital controls in July. That is all a part of the agenda of the majority because conservatives were highly favorable to it. The point was to prevent economic collapse. It didn't work. This diversion into the idea of fighting this side or that side needs to stop because they all are voting for much the same things. Besides with the Chinese blockade, Russia threats, economies still diving, stand offs in the ME, and the stock market being reported as rigged, we have much bigger fish to fry.

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 31, 2014 at 7:59 AM
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yeah, when I asked that guy with all of the bruises what happened? Who were are all of those bastards in sheets, burning crosses?
He shuddered and said the liberal media. Please call the kkk to come in and restore order.

This is the stone mountain dream where white people imagine, no they truly Believe, that blacks enjoyed the honest work and free rent provided by slavery, and communists and liberals and Jews have come in and destroyed that perfect land. A return to the Times of everyone having their place and white men were never on the bottom. Even the poorest most useless white man knew he was superior to the best black man and some people are still upset that the world no longer continues thusly.
If the best you ever did was not be born black, die already. You are wasting the oxygen of the worthy.
crazycane
by on Mar. 31, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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 Have you considered therapy?

Quoting AdrianneHill: yeah, when I asked that guy with all of the bruises what happened? Who were are all of those bastards in sheets, burning crosses? He shuddered and said the liberal media. Please call the kkk to come in and restore order. This is the stone mountain dream where white people imagine, no they truly Believe, that blacks enjoyed the honest work and free rent provided by slavery, and communists and liberals and Jews have come in and destroyed that perfect land. A return to the Times of everyone having their place and white men were never on the bottom. Even the poorest most useless white man knew he was superior to the best black man and some people are still upset that the world no longer continues thusly. If the best you ever did was not be born black, die already. You are wasting the oxygen of the worthy.

 

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 31, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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I take it you don't like him?  Most of the prigs I know of are progressives.

Quoting lga1965:

 Paul Ryan is an elitist, wealthy, narrow minded prig.


AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 31, 2014 at 8:37 AM
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Therapy is a white man's plot

Quoting crazycane:

 Have you considered therapy?


Quoting AdrianneHill: yeah, when I asked that guy with all of the bruises what happened? Who were are all of those bastards in sheets, burning crosses? He shuddered and said the liberal media. Please call the kkk to come in and restore order. This is the stone mountain dream where white people imagine, no they truly Believe, that blacks enjoyed the honest work and free rent provided by slavery, and communists and liberals and Jews have come in and destroyed that perfect land. A return to the Times of everyone having their place and white men were never on the bottom. Even the poorest most useless white man knew he was superior to the best black man and some people are still upset that the world no longer continues thusly. If the best you ever did was not be born black, die already. You are wasting the oxygen of the worthy.

 

lga1965
by on Mar. 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM
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That's not true. You'll say anything to "be,the authority" even if it's a lie.
He's got puritanical morals, prejudice toward anyone who isn't a white conservative Christian and he,wants to take away social security and medicare which would doom all seniors who aren't wealthy.
Intelligent Wisconsin citizens know what he's like and it's not good.


Quoting Carpy:

I take it you don't like him?  Most of the prigs I know of are progressives.

Quoting lga1965:

 Paul Ryan is an elitist, wealthy, narrow minded prig.

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Carpy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM
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LMAO, if you say so.

Quoting lga1965: That's not true. You'll say anything to "be,the authority" even if it's a lie. He's got puritanical morals, prejudice toward anyone who isn't a white conservative Christian and he,wants to take away social security and medicare which would doom all seniors who aren't wealthy. Intelligent Wisconsin citizens know what he's like and it's not good.
Quoting Carpy:

I take it you don't like him?  Most of the prigs I know of are progressives.

Quoting lga1965:

 Paul Ryan is an elitist, wealthy, narrow minded prig.


tanyainmizzou
by on Mar. 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM
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certainly a well thought out insightful post.

Quoting lga1965:

 Paul Ryan is an elitist, wealthy, narrow minded prig.


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