“Wehave got a tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, ofmen not working and just generations of men not even thinking aboutworking or learning the value and the culture of work”: Paul Ryan

Is Paul Ryan a racist?

Many leftward blogs, and many leftward politicians, are using the above statement as “proof” that he is. 

But is he?  Or is Ryan doing nothing other than simply, clearly stating a fact?

Star Parker, in her latest column, has a strong opinion about this.  I urge you to read every word of it.  But, in the meantime, here are a few excerpts:

Thebig buzz that Congressional Black Caucus member (Barbara) Leegenerated was her accusation that Ryan\’s remarks were a “thinlyveiled racial attack.”

Butthe part of her remarks I found most interesting was “…Mr. Ryanshould step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tacklepoverty and racial discrimination in America.”

Theracial aspect comes into play in that black political leaders, likeCongresswoman Lee, overwhelmingly embrace liberalism, progressivism,welfare statism – whatever you want to call it – that has failedand caused untold damage in the very communities they claim to wantto help. And they refuse to ever learn. Their answer to everyproblem, despite prior experience, is more government, moretaxpayer\’s dollars.

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

Ina column I wrote a couple years ago, I pointed out that the 41 memberCongressional Black Caucus were uniformly Democrats, had a 100%reelection rates, and the average poverty rate in these CongressionalBlack Caucus districts was 20.3% and the average child poverty rate28.8% – both well above national averages.

EconomistWalter Williams has pointed out that, in America\’s top 10 poorestcities with populations more than 250,000, “…for decades, all ofthem have been run by Democratic and presumably liberaladministrations. Some of them – such as Detroit (now the largestmunicipal bankruptcy in the nation\’s history), Buffalo, Newark, andPhiladelphia, haven\’t elected a Republican mayor for more than halfa century. What\’s more is that, in some cases for decades, themayors of six of these high-poverty cities have been blackAmericans.”

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

Let me start with my main objection to Star Parker\’s piece, which also is a pet peeve of mine:  the equating of “liberal” and “left wing”.  While it is true that these two often go hand in hand, they do not have to.  As a social liberal, but certainly not a left winger, I speak from personal experience. 

That one issue aside, however, Ms. Parker makes a number of key points here, possibly the most important being that – to paraphrase Albert Einstein – doing the same thing over and over again is not going to provide different results. 

How many more years of the same politicians with the same mindsets, throwing more money at the same problems without appreciable improvement must there be, to convince people who want solutions (as opposed to those who are comfortable with the current status quo) that something different has to be tried?

And how does does it help anything by calling someone who accurately describes the result of these decades-long failures a “racist”?

Y\’know, it almost seems as though some politicians talk a good game about making things better for minorities but, in reality, are just fine keeping as many of them as possible down towards the bottom of the barrel….because the more dependent they are, the more they\’ll vote for politicians who promise to “give” them things.

That does not describe Paul Ryan.  But I bet you can name some politicians whom it does describe.

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