Since Freddie Gray\’s death has been the jumping-off point for street protests – both peaceful and violent (usually starting as the former and ending as the latter), and since the reason is the belief that Gray was essentially murdered while in police custody, I thought I would make note of the other murders in Baltimore – the ones that no one took to the street for.
According to the Baltimore Sun, in 2013 (the latest year I can find data for), Baltimore had 235 murders. That comes to 37.4 murders per 100,000 – the fifth highest murder rate among U.S. cities with populations over 100,000.
The only cities with higher murder rates were Detroit, New Orleans, Newark and Saint Louis. And all of these cities share high rates of other crimes as well.
What do these cities have in common?
Every one of those cities has had virtually nothing-but-Democrat government for decades – Democrats whose idea of governance – particularly for poor, Black citizens – is implementing more and more social programs which result in less and less incentive for people to be personally productive.
-The last Republican Mayor of Detroit was Louis C. Miriani. His last year in office was 1962
-The last Republican Mayor of New Orleans was Benjamin Flanders. His last year in office was 1872
-The last Republican Mayor of Newark was James Madison Seymore. His last year in office was 1907
-The last Republican Mayor of Saint Louis was Aloys C. Kaufmann. His last year in office was 1949
And if you look at the lineup of city council members, you would be hard pressed to find any Republicans at all for most of the Democrat-mayor years as well.
But wait, you might say. A mayor and a city council can do only so much. What about the federal government? Why can\’t Washington DC do its part to fund these cities?
Well, the answer is that the federal government has done so – and then some. In the 51 year since then-President Lyndon Johnson declared his “war on poverty”, over $22 trillion dollars has been spent on anti-poverty programs.
Here are the most recent data, from Michael D. Tanner\’s article at foxnews.com:
In 2012, the federal government spent $668 billion to fund 126 separate anti-poverty programs. State and local governments kicked in another $284 billion, bringing total anti-poverty spending to nearly $1 trillion. That amounts to $20,610 for every poor person in America, or $61,830 per poor family of three.
Knowing that, how can anyone seriously say that not enough money has been spent to combat poverty?
The hard, harsh truth is that this money has been misspent. Because poverty has not been eradicated, it has not even been lessened.
The moral of this story is that while anti-poverty programs may be well intentioned (or, some might say, a cynical ploy to make poor Black inner city residents more and more dependent, thus more and more reliant on the party which “gives us things”), the more you give to people the more they expect…and the less they are incented to provide for themselves, since their alternative is getting it without having to do a thing other than exist.
President Obama made a point of blaming Republicans in congress for the problems in Baltimore and other major cities – they are withholding the necessary funds to bring these cities back, he tells us.
Anyone who knows the facts detailed above, knows that is a blatant lie.