Baltimore saw riots as gangs ran amok and everyone is pointing fingers and the solutions are always the same: more money for these places and less police activity. These places, far from being oppressed by cops tend to be the least patrolled and run by drug gangs who do not want police anywhere nearby for obvious reasons. Sandtown was ground zero for the recent riots and looting. The profound difference between black community leaders and white community leaders has to be addressed because this gives a clue as to why black neighborhoods are bad places to live or work.
The liberals have the usual solution: more taxpayer money to be spent on these places. The New Progressive Agenda: A Return to Citizenship | Toni Morrison at the Huffington Post shows clearly how wide the gulf is between blacks who want more government money and whites who are the bulk of the taxpaying public:
The difference between understanding oneself as a citizen and understanding oneself as a taxpayer is not merely wide; it is antagonistic. A citizen thinks primarily about his or her community and is preoccupied with the safety of the neighborhood, the health of the elderly and disabled, the well-being of the young. A taxpayer thinks mostly about himself or herself, about who or what is taxing — that is to say “taking” — his hard-earned money to give to some undeserving body or some other distant, wasteful thing.
The Progressive Agenda seeks to return us to citizenship, the happily adult responsibility of being citizens to each other. It’s concerned with how to ensure a livable wage for all of us; how to improve schools in all our neighborhoods; how to protect working-class jobs and pensions from predators who rely on exploitation and selfish behavior; how to welcome the immigrant, the “huddled masses” we all (except for Native Americans and slaves) once were.
Hillary and Bill Clinton earn more than $25m for giving 100 speeches | US news | The Guardian: these two tax the middle class to dump some of the loot into black neighborhoods to make things worse, Sandtown shows this clearly. Under the Clintons, $130 million was poured into Sandtown and this did create some middle class corners such as the one I found via Google maps. Note that Bill and Hill both collected $25 million ‘giving speeches’ which you can bet were dull as dishwater, and are now very rich. The ultimate ‘welfare’ plan, one that Obama hopes to gain access to when he retires.
Morrison thinks that citizens voting to protect their incomes are the antisocial ones, not black communities that have latched onto the government teats with teeth clenched. Of course, she and her neighbors want more money to pour in while these same neighbors leisurely destroy everything in their vicinity. She also claims that illegal aliens and other ‘immigrants’ are more welcome to her than citizens who pay taxes.
The taxpaying public will eventually revolt when the bill, from overspending wildly by our government and our immense trade deficit red ink hits the fan. This revolt will attack both the very rich who benefited greatly from ‘free trade’ and the very poor who are sucking down money and producing criminals tho plague the middle class.
From the right wing which is riding high both in Europe and the US: TANF and Federal Welfare | Downsizing the Federal Government
The proliferation of new urban programs, job training, health care, and other welfare activities during the 1960s coincided with further expansions in AFDC. By 1965 the number of people receiving AFDC had risen to 4.3 million.6 By 1972 the number had more than doubled to nearly 10 million. The welfare rolls were rapidly expanding even though this was a period of general economic prosperity and low unemployment.7
After Johnson left office, there was a bipartisan consensus in Washington to preserve and even expand his legacy. Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter all added new anti-poverty programs. Between 1965 and 1975, measured in constant dollars, spending for AFDC tripled.8 A series of court decisions that established “rights” for welfare recipients helped fuel the spending growth.9 After 1975, the growth rate of welfare slowed but still continued upward.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan came into office with strong views about shrinking the welfare state. Unfortunately, welfare-related spending actually grew during Reagan’s two terms. Reagan did shift the funding emphasis among welfare-related programs. For example, funding for AFDC declined by 1 percent during his tenure, but spending for the Earned Income Tax Credit doubled.
By the time President Bill Clinton took office in 1993, a broad national consensus had developed that traditional open-ended welfare had failed. This led to a period of state-government experimentation with welfare within the constraints that the federal government allowed them. Many state experiments—particularly work requirements and recipient time limits—would become part of federal welfare reform in 1996.
Clinton was bribed into expanding free trade and the Bushes pushed hard for this, too. The end result was, the welfare reforms totally failed and the innercity poor simply didn’t bother to improve their lot nor could they much since many of the lower working class manufacturing jobs vanished in a flash leaving some of the biggest cities in the US destitute and destroyed.
Welfare in Northeastern cities continued to let in mass numbers of poor while the Republican run states cut welfare and basically forced out the poor who moved to places like Baltimore, seeking to keep the welfare lifestyle complete with drug dealing, of course, by the boys, running smoothly. Since the manufacturing base is now gone thanks to the Clintons and Bushes the tax base to support this influx of welfare families is causing one city after another to go bankrupt such as Detroit.
Both in Europe and the US, welfare systems built up during industrialization eras is now collapsing under the weight of immigration and out of wedlock births. The work ethic is being systematically destroyed as jobs that really pay vanish for much of the lower working class leaving only poorly paid ‘servant’ work in the service industry. Rioters in the innercity attack these remaining job producing businesses and thus, destroy the last vestige of labor venues.
Doni Glover, 49, a prominent activist and writer who’s one of the last homeowners on his block of Sandtown, grew up as the son of an undertaker who was known for cutting deals for families who couldn’t afford funerals.
None of that immunized him to the drug culture that surrounded him – Glover spent years hooked on crack and heroin before finally getting clean and embarking on the reinvention he describes in a new memoir, “Unapologetically Black.” As with his own redemption, Glover said, change in Sandtown must come from within, with homegrown leaders who are invested in the community and responsible and transparent in how funds are allocated…
There’s ample reason for pessimism. The Baltimore Sun recently reported that from 1989 to 1999, at least $130 million in public and private money was spent to build or refurbish houses in Sandtown-Winchester. Millions more, the report said, went toward a specialized school curriculum, jobs training and prenatal health services…
Glover knows how hard it is to change even one little patch. About 10 years ago, he and three other men – strategically recruited from houses on each of their block’s four corners – banded together to push the dealers away from their doorsteps. The friends managed to clear just one small block of one narrow road, but they did it without involving police or angering the sellers, who only had to move “around the corner.”
The reporter talks about a woman who is a social services director who lives in the suburbs of Baltimore. The lady claims she gave the cops information about a notorious drug dealer and he went to prison but her wonderful clients considered her a ‘snitch’ and so the lesson she learned was, ‘…people whispered that Hicks was either a snitch or on parole. The experience frayed her nerves and was unsettling for her family and neighbors.
“You wonder why people don’t help the police? I’ll never do it again,” Hicks said. While she still serves on the police council, she said, if she’s ever questioned about another crime, “I’m going to become senile, instantly.”’
She is on the police council and has that attitude? This is exactly why nothing works in black neighborhoods. Note how the former drug addict (and very likely, drug dealer) Grover didn’t clean up his neighborhood, he simply moved the crimes one block away! When I cleaned up 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, I went to war against the drug dealers and they hated my guts and threatened my life and…they lost and I won because I moved heaven and earth to clear them out totally.
This required getting the police to patrol the place! And this was like pulling teeth. Neither the mayor nor the cops and above all, the liberals fought me tooth and nail and I used the media to force them all to begin either working for me or shutting the hell up. Even so, many white liberals accused me of being a Nazi for driving out drug dealers, many of whom were illegal aliens. Illegal aliens spread crime!
“The (Baltimore) neighborhood was also designated a “homeownership zone” by the feds, who spent $30 million to saddle people with arguably the last thing they needed, a mortgage that tied them down to a community without jobs and decent schools… | Not Too Big To Fail
Even in the stagnant neighborhood that Sandtown-Winchester is universally agreed to be, residential housing turnover is 16% a year; the median resident has been in place fewer than four years. Nearly 15% are arrivals from out of state or out of country, and many more (though uncounted) are undoubtedly arrivals from elsewhere in Baltimore and Maryland…
As many riot-aftermath reports in the past week have noted, Sandtown-Winchester was the subject of enlightened urban renewal in the 1990s when Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Jimmy Carter’s Habitat for Humanity, and developer James Rouse poured $130 million into a community of 11,000 residents to fix homes and schools.
Habitat for Humanity did the same. Many people came in to fix the messes and the end result was the gangs that were never cleared out first, burned a big hunk of Sandtown down. You cannot fix a neighborhood infested with criminals unless you first do something about the criminal gang culture. This culture is very highly developed in black innercity neighborhoods just like the biker gang mentality is wrecking poor white neighborhoods.
Trained stupidity leads to thug behavior. The Sandtown gangs are now egging liberals into attacking the mayor of Baltimore and Obama for calling these nasty thugs, ‘thugs’. They want very much to be viewed as helpless babies who are being brutalized by mean cops when the reality is, these violent thugs love fighting, love hurting people and don’t give a rat’s ass about black lives mattering at all.
Florida high school basketball player shot dead at vigil for high school football player who was fatally shot at after-prom party, and as per usual, this is a black on black murder mainly for no sane reason. Not even drug dealing is involved. Horrifying cell phone footage shows boy, 15, robbed of his shoes AND pants during vicious attack by teenage thugs at New York subway station: all the children doing this crime are black. They laugh as the gang of obvious thugs abuse this child. The beating this black boy got at the hands of his fellow students is worse than any cop brutality crime because no one has been either arrested nor stopped and no one cares whatsoever.
He won’t see marchers demanding black youths stop butchering each other, no civil rights leaders or preachers will come to Queens to demand black thugs stop attacking everyone in their vicinity. Dead silence for this poor guy. Interestingly, Harvard accused of racism against smart Asian students: Claims school has quota on high-scoring Asian-Americans which I hope works for I have a half Chinese son who will be heavily discriminated against for being smart and hard working like his dad.
‘We are seeking equal treatment regardless of race,’ said Chunyan Li, a professor and civil rights activist, who said they’d rather universities use income rather than race in affirmative action policies.
Many of the black-only scholarship awards go to aliens these days. Two members of the Civil Rights Commission support these Asian students. In California, Asians must score over 300 points higher than blacks to go to the same schools.
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