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The Baltimore Democrats built

Posted by on May. 5, 2015 at 5:49 AM
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Martin O’Malley (D) says he plans to announce his presidential campaign in Baltimore. Perhaps he’ll used a burned-out police car or a looted storefront as his backdrop. The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor tried to blame last week’s unrest on structural problems in our economy, outsourcing and a failure to invest in infrastructure. Nice try. The fact is, O’Malley and the Democrats own Baltimore and the disaster it has become. As one resident who met O’Malley at an inner-city food drive last week put it, “He’s walking into the aftermath of his legacy.”

It’s not his legacy alone. The last time Baltimore had a Republican mayor was 1967, nearly five decades ago. Indeed, the state of Maryland has had just two Republican governors since 1969 (and one took office just four months ago). Baltimore is a deep blue city in a deep blue state. The mayor is a Democrat. Every member of the city council is a Democrat. The school system is run by Democrats (and their teachers union overlords).

So when you see Baltimore on fire, Democrats built that.

Baltimore is the poster child for the left’s failed war on poverty. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson launched the Great Society. He promised, “Our American answer to poverty is not to make the poor more secure in their poverty but to reach down and to help them lift themselves out of the ruts of poverty and move with the large majority along the high road of hope and prosperity.”

Do you see a Great Society in Sandtown? I sure don’t.

Today, the national poverty rate is 14.5 percent, which is virtually unchanged from 1966, when most of Johnson’s Great Society programs first took effect. In Baltimore, the poverty rate is even worse, with 24 percent of all residents and 35 percent of children living below the poverty line. The unemployment rate for black men in Baltimore between the ages of 20-24 is 37 percent. To put that in perspective, the unemployment rate during the Great Depression was just 22.9 percent. You know you have failed when reaching the employment levels of the Great Depression would be progress.

The New York Times reported Monday morning on a new study which found that “among the nation’s 100 largest counties, the one where children face the worst odds of escaping poverty is the city of Baltimore.” Low-income boys who grow up in Baltimore earn 25 percent less as adults than low-income boys who moved away as small children.

In the Baltimore community of Sandtown-Winchester, where the riots took place, The Post reported on Saturday that city officials “injected $130 million into the community in a failed effort to transform it. Instead there are block after block of boarded-up houses and too many people with little hope.” Nearly half of all Sandtown-Winchester high school students missed at least 20 days of school in 2011 and just 6 percent graduated from college — less than a quarter of the rate for the rest of the city. The community’s murder rate is double the average for Baltimore (which, in turn, had the fifth-highest murder rate last year among major U.S. cities). The state spends $17 million a year just to incarcerate Sandtown-Winchester residents.

The problem, as former Baltimore Housing commissioner Daniel Henson III told The Post, was that the city knew how to build houses, but “what we did not know as well was how to improve human capital.” Clearly, the Democratic approach of throwing money at the problem has not worked. In 2014, Baltimore public schools ranked third in the country in per-pupil spending, behind only New York and Boston. Yet, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 55 percent of Baltimore fourth graders scored “below basic” in reading while just 14 percent scored at the proficient or advanced level. Meanwhile 54 percent of eighth graders scored “below basic” in math, while just 13 percent were proficient or advanced.

O’Malley says recent events in Baltimore should serve as “a wake-up call for the entire country.” He’s right about that. After five decades of virtually uninterrupted Democratic rule, Baltimore is an utter disaster. The left’s approach to poverty has failed.

Reflecting on Baltimore’s dismal record, a former aide to former Mayor Kurt Schmoke told The Post “We meant well.” I’m sure they did. But meaning well is no excuse for almost 50 years of failure.

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broboxer
by Platinum Member on May. 5, 2015 at 6:12 AM
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Let's not forget the $1.8 BILLION Baltimore received in stimulus money. Then they misused it.


http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/05/23/federal-audit-finds-baltimore-city-schools-missused-federal-stimulus-title-i-funds/



But yes, let's keep electing the same democrats
jcrew6
by Platinum Member on May. 5, 2015 at 6:18 AM
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Yes, when looking for an example of government throwing money at societal problems as their main solution? Baltimore just might be a good example.
broboxer
by Platinum Member on May. 5, 2015 at 6:19 AM
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Sometimes money is just not the answer. Sometimes you actually do need to teach people to fish rather than throwing the fish to them.

Quoting jcrew6: Yes, when looking for an example of government throwing money at societal problems as their main solution? Baltimore just might be a good example.
Carpy
by Emerald Member on May. 5, 2015 at 6:20 AM
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Blame the Democrats for Baltimore

“I think we, as a country, have to do some soul searching” about the rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

Bunk. “We, as a country” are not to blame.

First and foremost, blame resides with the thugs who looted stores, burned buildings and automobiles, and assaulted police officers and shopkeepers.

Next in order of culpability are the politicians whose belated and timid response allowed the thugs to run amok. The conduct of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been especially appalling.

When violence broke out April 25, city officials protected those who protested peacefully the death in police custody of drug dealer Freddie Gray, the mayor said, “and we also gave those who wish to destroy space to do that as well.”

I doubt that was what she meant to say, but when rioting broke out again Monday night, Ms. Rawlings-Blake ordered the police to stand down, a “senior law enforcement source” told Fox News.

Shopkeepers recounted how call after call to the police for help went unanswered.

How Mr. Gray suffered a severe spinal injury shortly after his arrest is not yet clear.

If police are responsible — six officers have been charged — it isn’t likely racism was a motive. Baltimore’s police chief is black. So are 48 percent of Baltimore police officers.

Ms. Rawlings-Blake didn’t ask Gov. Larry Hogan for help from the National Guard until 6 p.m. Monday — three hours after he’d urged her to ask for it. She announced a curfew that afternoon, but (bizarrely) delayed imposing it until Tuesday night.

Dozens of businesses were looted, 19 buildings — including a senior center and a drug store — were burned down, and 24 police officers and others were injured before the curfew was imposed. Much of that could have been prevented if Ms. Rawlings-Blake hadn’t been so grossly negligent.

Those who make excuses for the rioters — and for the public officials who failed in their duty to protect their victims — also deserve a substantial share of blame. By apologizing for calling the thugs “thugs,” Ms. Rawlings-Blake demonstrated anew her unfitness for office.

“The system” failed the poor blacks of west Baltimore, said many of the talking (and mostly empty) heads on cable TV. There’s some truth to that. Crime and unemployment are sky high. Schools are awful. Social service agency chieftains do more to promote their own welfare than that of the community.

Ms. Rawlings-Blake is a Democrat. So are all 15 members of the city council. Baltimore hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Theodore McKeldin left office in 1967. Maryland has had just two Republican governors since 1969. Democrats have controlled both houses of the legislature since 1992. “The system” that has failed poor blacks in Baltimore was designed and administered by Democrats.

Ms. Rawlings-Blake is black. So is the president of the city council, a majority of its members and the state attorney. Blacks in Baltimore aren’t oppressed by The Man. In Baltimore, politically connected left-wing Democratic blacks are The Man.

Those — especially those in journalism — who claim (white) racism is the root cause of the rioting in Baltimore, or make excuses for the rioters, have much to answer for.

Democrats fan racism among blacks to keep their stranglehold on the black vote, argued radio talk show host Larry Elder, who is black. Tell people they are victims, and they’ll act like victims, he said.

Former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla, who is black, said “a culture of dependency as promulgated by the race baiters and new plantation overseers of the inner city” is chiefly to blame.

Failed liberal policies have “mired black people in generational poverty, kept their kids in failing schools, chronically unemployed, they can’t find meaningful work, having to live in crime-infested neighborhoods,” said Milwaukee County (Wisconsin) Sheriff David Clarke, a Democrat who is black.

To change things, all three pointed out, blacks must stop voting for the politicians and policies which have failed them. 

Jack Kelly is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio.

Billiejeens
by The Librarian on May. 5, 2015 at 7:47 AM
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Reflecting on Baltimore’s dismal record, a former aide to former Mayor Kurt Schmoke told The Post “We meant well.” I’m sure they did. But meaning well is no excuse for almost 50 years of failure.

That should be the Official Democrat Slogan -

Democrats never need to actually have success - they simply have to (appear) to mean well.

Mrs.KAZ
by Silver Member on May. 5, 2015 at 8:49 AM
The money can be helpful if used in a constructive way. Use the money for job training, and trade skills training. Classes for parenting and nutrition, resume building, job searching help etc.

People need help getting jobs, so they don't need PA.
Billiejeens
by The Librarian on May. 5, 2015 at 9:09 AM
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20.7% of Jobs in Baltimore Are Government Jobs

By Terence P. Jeffrey | May 4, 2015 | 4:04 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.7 percent of the nonfarm jobs in the City of Baltimore in March were government jobs.

Nationally, 15.5 percent of all jobs are government jobs.

Within the borders of Baltimore City in March, according to BLS, there were 364,200 total “employees.” These employees included both people who lived in the city as well as people who lived outside the city but worked within its limits. Singular individuals who were employed in two different jobs at the same time are counted as two employees in the BLS survey.

Of the 364,200 total jobs in Baltimore City in March, 75,500—or 20.7 percent—were jobs working for the government. That included 39,400 state government jobs, 26,000 local government jobs, and 10,100 federal government jobs.

By contrast, there were only 11,600 manufacturing jobs in Baltimore City, according to BLS. That means government had 6.5 times as many employees in Baltimore City as all of the manufacturers located in the city.

Nationwide in March, according to the BLS, total employment was 141,183,000. Employment by government was 21,898,000. Thus, 15.5 percent of the jobs nationwide were government jobs.

The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey has published estimated employment numbers for people living within Baltimore City for the five-year period from 2009-2013.

In that period, according to the Census Bureau, there were 503,510 people living in Baltimore City 16 years old or older. 312,530—or 62.1 percent—of those Baltimore City residents were in the civilian labor force, meaning they were not on active duty in the military or confined to an institution and either had a job or actively sought one. 190,524 were not in the labor force. (Another 456 Baltimore City residents were in the armed forces.)

269,059 Baltimore City resident civilians were employed, according to the Census Bureau. Of those 56,662 were employed by government. Thus, by the Census Bureau’s estimate for the period 2009-2013, about 21.1 percent of Baltimore City’s civilian residents were employed by government.

 

Not sustainable

idunno1234
by Platinum Member on May. 5, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Some solutions require funding but throwing money at a problem in and of itself is never the answer.

I haven't been to Baltimore for a really long time, know very little about Baltimore politics but I'm guessing a lot of money is unaccounted for.

Poverty is a complicated issue, yet another issue where people tend to take sides without wanting to consider that all sides have points that need to be considered for there to be any sort of effective solutions.  Add race on top of that and things get even more complicated.

It is BOTH an internal problem and an external problem.  Until everyone can openly and freely admit that nothing will change.

jcrew6
by Platinum Member on May. 5, 2015 at 9:32 AM
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 IMO~ Quite a few Democratic politicians in areas like Baltimore have turned poverty into a profitable industry for themselves. As long as people want for something, a democrat will lobby for their vote.

High individual expectations yield high individual accomplishments.  Democratic politicians tend to preach the you have nothing without the help of the government.  They tend to foster low individual expectaions~ which brings people looking for someone to 'save' them.  Enter Super Democrat.  If Democratic "saving" worked?  Our poverty rates would show a different historical analysis. 

Billiejeens
by The Librarian on May. 5, 2015 at 10:07 AM
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 But,

They said that they meant well.

Maybe you didn't see that.

Quoting jcrew6:

 IMO~ Quite a few Democratic politicians in areas like Baltimore have turned poverty into a profitable industry for themselves. As long as people want for something, a democrat will lobby for their vote.

High individual expectations yield high individual accomplishments.  Democratic politicians tend to preach the you have nothing without the help of the government.  They tend to foster low individual expectaions~ which brings people looking for someone to 'save' them.  Enter Super Democrat.  If Democratic "saving" worked?  Our poverty rates would show a different historical analysis. 

 

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