The Left’s Burning Cities

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I suppose it’s time to say something about Baltimore, not that I have anything overly pertinent to add. I have noticed though (as has David French, in the linked article) that what is going on is really nothing more than two of the Democratic Party’s prized identity political groups: public employee unions, and welfare recipients, having a disagreement.

In Baltimore, as the National Guard steps in, curfews are imposed, and business owners pick up the pieces from their burned-out, looted stores, let’s not forget why one more American city has been torn apart by racial violence. Blue America has failed at social justice. It has failed at equality. It has failed at accountability. Its competing constituencies are engaged in street battles, and any exploration of “root causes” must necessarily include decades of failed policies — all imposed by steadfastly Democratic mayors and city leaders.

Are the riots caused by the Baltimore Police Department’s “documented history” of abuse? Which party has run Baltimore and allowed its police officers to allegedly run amok? Going deeper, which American political movement lionizes public-employee unions, fiercely protecting them from even the most basic reform? Public-employee unions render employee discipline difficult and often impossible. Jobs are functionally guaranteed for life, and rogue officers can count on the best representation money can buy — courtesy of Blue America.

Continue reading The Left’s Burning Cities | National Review Online.

As always seems to be the case, people despair when they don’t have the self-respect that a job, almost any job, engenders. We innately know, deep within in us, the difference between earning something and simply being given it. And frankly, it’s hard to imagine a much more hostile place, in America, than the city of Baltimore to start a business that would provide jobs. Michael Tanner noticed this as well:

The unemployment rate in Baltimore in February was 8.4 percent, compared with just 5.5 percent nationally. In the Sandtown–Winchester/Harlem Park area, which is near the center of the unrest, more than half of the people did not have jobs, according to a February 2015 report from the Justice Policy Institute and the Prison Policy Initiative.

One reason for this is the city’s — and the state’s — unremitting hostility to business. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that only seven states and the District of Columbia have a worse business climate than Maryland. The state’s tax burden is huge and growing. According to the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index, Maryland ranks a dismal 40th in terms of business taxes, and an even worse 45th in terms of personal-income taxes. According to this report, Maryland is one of just a few states where the personal-income tax creates “an unnecessary drag on economic activity.” The state’s small businesses face the nation’s seventh-highest marginal tax rates.

As if that were not bad enough, the city of Baltimore adds one of the highest property taxes among comparable cities. Despite a recent modest reduction in property-tax rates, Baltimore still has a tax rate more than twice the rate of most of the rest of the state. A recent study by the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy ranked Baltimore twelfth out of 53 major cities in terms of high property taxes. When the city taxes are combined with state taxes, Baltimore ends up with the ninth worst tax burden out of 50 major American cities.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417619/poverty-despair-and-big-government-michael-tanner

Not where I would start a business, would you? And so, the cycle will continue, until it doesn’t of course, because at some point the politicians will run out of other people’s money.

And at that point, real poverty will ensue. When people find out that they have nowhere to spend their welfare benefits, not even MacDonald’s, what will happen? I don’t know, and doubt anyone else does either,.

I suspect, if we are lucky, Detroit does

 

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11 Responses to The Left’s Burning Cities

  1. There appears to be a whole generation in America, and this is both black and white, and foremost males, though too also young women, who are lost intellectually, educationally and just the desire to learn and know! Their skills are almost nil! I see it even as a hospital chaplain, with so many? Again, this is the essence of modernity & postmodernity, lost are reading, writing and arithmetic! I have noted too that personal handwriting is almost gone with many young people. Sad, very sad! If one cannot write, then usually one cannot read much, either. Btw, gone too is the Biblical literacy, and thus much of the moral aspect today, (in the West).

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    • NEO says:

      Not sure it’s not, in large part, a couple generations, unless their parents took a hand.

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      • Yes, this is the real “handwriting on the wall” that the Western world is approaching a real personal vacuum!

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  2. the unit says:

    I read an article a short while back that even “generational” has new meaning today. A generation may start at 12 years from the one before, before the before could even could take care of itself.
    And yeah, I think that’s where the left has led.

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    • NEO says:

      I think I’ll stick to the old one-somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-30 years. if anything, it should be getting longer since we live longer.

      yep, sure is.

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      • the unit says:

        But they got a long way to go and a short time to get there. Better keep hands down and on the steering wheel. You know the movie. 🙂

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    • I think never before have we had so many different social types of generations, as the boomers to the X, and the Millennials. Not to forget the “Silent” or “Lucky Few” generation who lived and fought in the Korean War and Vietnam! I knew my share in this genre. Sadly, this is also part of the problems in the West, just too many “generational” changes and people therein. Note how many in the X and Millennial just – almost if not hate the boomers!

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      • Indeed when the “Silent” and us “Boomers” are gone, where will the moral conscience and judgment reside? And whether we last two like it or not, we got some of our conscience and metal from the WW II generation!

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah over the last few years when I commented about the present situation. Some of those succeeding generations asked “where were you in past years when this all this bad happened?” Just young like most ahead of me. Was not combat in Vietnam, but volunteered after la Drang Valley and did what I was told by those who told me what to do. Didn’t ask questions…was Silent Generation guy after all.
        I guess I should have asked questions. But who to?

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        • Nothing wrong with The Silent Generation, also known as the Lucky Few, were born from 1925 until 1942, or there about’s. And it includes some of those who fought in the Korean War and many during the Vietnam War. But too some were the son’s and daughters of the WW II generation also. A great generation for sure!

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