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Al Sharpton and I We need national action, but we need to do it right.


 

By Dr. Ben Carson — April 15, 2015

 

Gingrich: “Every major city which is a poverty center is run by Democrats.”


http://www.humanevents.com/2013/12/16/gingrich-every-major-city-which-is-a-poverty-center-is-run-by-democrats/

Gingrich: "Every major city which is a poverty center is run by Democrats."By: John Hayward

Courtesy of NewsBusters, here’s one of those heated exchanges that partisans of both Left and Right are bound to view as a slam-dunk in-your-face win for their side, as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Clinton-era Labor Secretary Robert Reich spar over poverty and policy on ABC’s “This Week.”

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In the exchange, Reich argues that the War on Poverty was going great until tight-fisted Republicans started interfering with Democrat plans to redistribute even more wealth, and claims “income inequality” has gotten worse under Obama because of Republican resistance to his agenda.  This is, quite possibly, the dumbest thing anyone has ever said.  Just for starters, it projects staggering ignorance about the War on Poverty.  To agree with Reich, you have to be just about completely ignorant of actual history, not only from decades past but from the explosion of wealth redistribution and social welfare spending under the past few Presidents, particularly Obama.

But of course, it’s tedious leftist cant to insist that the only reason their policies fail is that they weren’t given another couple trillion dollars to pursue them more vigorously.  Every failure of State control is caused by insufficient State control.  The Daily Caller offers a look at how the War on Poverty was going when Reich was on the front lines under Clinton, and his history of deliberately misrepresenting that history:

One thing Reich isn’t taking responsibility for is his own contribution to inequality during his widely regretted  stint in the White House. Working as the Clinton Administration’s Labor Secretary from 1993 to 1997, Reich oversaw a substantial hike in the federal minimum wage and implementation of the Family Leave Act. Despite these apparent War-On-Poverty victories, according to inequality.org‘s chart of after-tax income by income group, U.S. inequality during his tenure grew at the fastest rate ever seen up until that time.

Reich left office prior to the late-Clinton-era boom that lifted all wage groups and saw the last balanced budgets in American history. He later slammed his former colleagues in the memoir “Locked In the Cabinet,” which was universally criticized and had to be substantially re-edited in later editions due to Reich’s multiple distortions and outright falsehoods.

Reich is a hardcore socialist, and socialists lie.  It’s what they do.  It’s baked into the very essence of their being, because their philosophy assumes the absolute primacy of a wise Ruling Class elite that knows how best to arrange society in a “fair” and “just” manner.  This involves the use of compulsive force to seize assets and income from their rightful owners, plus a good deal of forcing average citizens to live as the Ruling Class desires.

Unfortunately, the Western socialist lives with the unpleasant reality of popular elections, where the people have a distressing ability to reject the vision of the Ruling Class and insist on their liberties.  Therefore, it is inescapably necessary for the great and wise to lie to voters, because they can’t handle the truth.  It’s for their own good, so it’s all totally justified.  By definition, the common man lacks the vision of the elite, so he cannot be allowed to thwart that vision by voting against it.  You will never be granted complete candor by people who believe that you must be forced to do certain things for the greater benefit of society, as they envision it, because such candor would inevitably lead to greater resistance.  The path to utopia will require many sacrifices, so the ignorant people must be led down it blindfolded.

Gingrich hits back hard against Reich’s assertion that Republican stonewalling of the Obama agenda is the only reason we haven’t drawn closer to utopia over the past five years, calling it “baloney.”  Gingrich shot back: “Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats.  Every major city.  Their policies have failed, they’re not willing to admit it, and the fact is, it’s the poor who suffer from bad government.”

Reich stammered something about how outgoing New York mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn’t a Democrat, but aside from Bloomberg’s decidedly government-centered philosophy, the rest of New York’s political machinery has been safely in Democrat hands forever.  No one is going to “solve” the poverty debate in an exchange of sound bites, but Gingrich’s point about how badly-run government causes the greatest suffering among the poor is far more solid than anything Reich says, and it’s worth exploring further.

Perhaps the point begins as something of a tautology, because the poor are, by definition, “suffering” worst from a policy standpoint under any system of government.  But what Gingrich means is that bad government policies are particularly destructive to the opportunities for employment and stability essential to the climb out of poverty.  Reich is an utter fool to believe that these opportunities can be replaced by titanic government spending programs; the Obama years are definitive proof that doesn’t work.  As a left-wing propagandist, he might deserve a little applause for having the chutzpah to make his “just give us more money to spend and we’ll get it right” argument in favor of managerial liberalism at the exact moment ObamaCare is crashing down in flames, the most devastating failure of Reich’s ideals since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Over a trillion dollars in “stimulus” spending gave us permanent double-digit real unemployment.  Even the heavily cooked unemployment rate popularized by the news media has been stuck over 7 percent for years, and it’s a lot worse in the demographics Gingrich and Reich are discussing.  When Obama imposed his stimulus spending agenda, all the “smart people” in his elite team assured us their plans would bring unemployment under 5 percent by the end of the President’s first term.  Instead, the job market tracked consistently and significantly worse than the worst-case scare-tactic conditions they warned would occur without their redistribution scheme.

The social pathologies incubated by the Great Society turned cities into blighted war zones, not only because of the corrosive effect cradle-to-grave welfare has on the people it’s ostensibly trying to “help,” but because the cities ruled by Democrats have become the hardest places in America to launch a business venture or hire someone.  Their stale political cultures have been very lucrative for the ruling party’s cronies, but smokestacks of despair for everyone else.  Knowing that things will never change makes small entrepreneurs – the people who don’t get front-page headline coverage for throwing political fundraisers – depart the dying cities to seek opportunity elsewhere.  We’re not talking about a few people bailing out and skedaddling for the burbs just because a couple of elections don’t go their way.  We’re discussing cities with generational histories of one-party rule and machine politics.  To this day, their ruling political machines have absolutely no idea how to reverse the decline, because everything that might work is completely antithetical to their statist ideology, not to mention their hunger for government revenue.

The day Margaret Thatcher warned about has arrived – the Left has run out of other peoples’ money to spend.  Even the vast ocean of federal spending and debt is not bottomless.  We’ve arguably passed the point where the geese of industry can be squeezed by the State for more golden eggs, without choking them to death.  A great deal of Obama malaise is caused by government overtaxing and over-regulating the private sector far beyond the point where the net result is counter-productive.  This economy is begging for pro-growth tax reforms and the privatization of moribund government programs, beginning with ObamaCare, which managed the neat trick of being born moribund.  The situation is even more pronounced in the cities Newt Gingrich mentioned, which offer a glimpse into our national future for anyone with the intellectual honesty to look clearly.  The private sector needs to get bigger, and fast.  It is no longer strong enough to carry the flabby Ruling Class riding on its back.

It’s “Oh, So Clear”, Yet We Are Too Blind as a Nation to See It


The following email goes around about once a year and always need to be read and passed along. I believe it’s one of God’s ways to remind us before it’s too late. Please take the time to read the following;

“In 1887 Alexander Tyler , a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh ,had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, so that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”
The Obituary follows:  Born 1776, Died 2012

It doesn’t hurt to read this several times.  Professor Joseph Olson of Hamlin University School of Law in St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts about the last Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was  mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low-income  tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the  “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler ‘s definition of democracy,  with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached  the “governmental dependency” phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal  invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the  USA in fewer than five years.

If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.  If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom..

This is truly scary! Of course we are not a democracy, we are a Constitutional Republic .. Someone should point this out to President Obama. Of course we know he and too many others pay little attention to The Constitution. There couldn’t be more at stake than on Nov 2012.”” (Email ended)

As I have said since President Reagan left office that the Political Left has worked overtime to create a “DEPENDENT UNDERCLASS”. President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” was the beginning. They have succeeded in creating a 40%+ part of our Society as members of that  “DEPENDENT UNDERCLASS” That is an extremely large voter base who will NEVER vote to elect anyone that will take that away from them or make them earn it, or take drug test proofing they aren’t using those benefits to support a drug habit.
Changing this will not be easy, or solved with one election. We have to raise up men and women who will risk everything politically damaging to make those changes. Such changes won’t come at a small price, but a price I’m not sure we have enough PATRIOTS to fight the good fight, and sustain that FIGHT through to victory. Are you such a PATRIOT?

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