What's Really Burning In Baltimore - 50 Years Of Liberal Welfare State Policies

The cries of racism and white oppression ring hollow. It’s a tired storyline. Facts are always inconvenient to race baiters with an agenda to extract more money from whites with a guilty conscience and the inability or unwillingness to speak the truth.

I’ve seen the liberal lying MSM pondering how WE could allow the riots, looting, burning and lawlessness to happen, as if it is our collective fault. Obama stands before his teleprompter and pontificates about the need for us to end the poverty that supposedly led to Purge Night in Charm City. That term cracks me up. The city has so much charm, its football team once snuck out of town overnight and headed to Indianapolis. It has so much charm its baseball team was forced to play a game with no fans in the stands.

I think most people can agree that Freddie Gray, a petty drug dealer, was killed in police custody for the crime of looking suspicious. The policemen who killed him deserve to go to jail for murder. As usual, the powers that be circled the wagons and intended to exonerate the hero first responders. The people of Baltimore had a right to be pissed. They had a right to protest. They didn’t have a right to burn businesses and cars. They didn’t have the right to riot, loot, and injure others.

It is the police department created and controlled for decades by Democratic progressive politicians that has committed the atrocities against the people who have been electing these progressives year after year. Baltimore has a corrupt, reckless, out of control police department enabled by a crooked and incompetent Baltimore politicians. The rap sheet for Baltimore’s finest is long:

  • Police commissioner Ed Norris was sent to prison on corruption charges (2004)
  • Two detectives were sentenced to 454 years in prison for dealing drugs (2005)
  • An officer was dismissed after being videotaped verbally abusing a 14-year-old and then failing to file a report on his use of force against the same teenager (2011)
  • An officer was been fired for sexually abusing a minor (2014)
  • The city paid a quarter-million-dollar settlement to a man police illegally arrested for the non-crime of recording them at work with his mobile phone.

The cries of racism and white oppression ring hollow. It’s a tired storyline. Facts are always inconvenient to race baiters with an agenda to extract more money from whites with a guilty conscience and the inability or unwillingness to speak the truth. Let’s examine some facts about good old Charm City, USA.

 

  • The fine citizens of this metropolis have not elected a Republican as mayor since 1963, before the War on Poverty began. That mayor’s 4 year term is the only interruption in Democrat rule since 1947. They have had Democrat control for 64 of the last 68 years, and sole control for the last 48 years straight.
  • Their mayor is black. Their previous mayor, Sheila Dixon, was black. She was convicted of embezzlement in 2010 and couldn’t finish her term. They had a white mayor (current Democratic Presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley) for eight years. The mayor before him was black.
  • Their City Council consists of 15 members. All fifteen are Democrats. The Council President is black. Democrats have had control of legislation in Baltimore for the last 50 years. Every program, policy, initiative, or school curriculum that exists in Baltimore was enacted by liberal Democrats.
  • The Police Commissioner is black. Approximately 50% of the police force is black.
  • The School Superintendent is black, along with the School Board. The district has an annual budget of $1.32 billion to teach 84,000 kids. The Baltimore school system ranks second among the nation’s 100 largest school districts in how much it spent per pupil at $15,700 per student. Only NYC spends more. Only two thirds of students graduate high school, despite this high level of spending.
  • The average SAT scores of Baltimore City public school students are: 379 in Reading; 376 in Math; 381 in Writing. These are the scores of the best of the best in Baltimore schools who actually think they should get into college. The average scores in the country, which still suck, are around 500. Students with these scores have about a 15% chance of graduating college. This is the ROI you get after spending $188,000 per student over their 12 year academic career.
  • The population of Baltimore is 623,000 and 63% are black. Median household income is $41,000, with 24% living below the poverty line. The home ownership rate is 48%. The percentage of college graduates is 27%.
  • The population was 950,000 in 1950, so it has fallen by 35% in the last 65 years. The population was 24% black in 1950. Decades of liberal Democrat policies drove most of the white population out of the city.
  • Baltimore’s violent crime rate is 370% higher than the U.S. rate. They have over 200 murders, 300 rapes, 3,600 robberies, 4,600 assaults, 7,800 burglaries, and 22,000 thefts per year. These are all 2 to 4 times the U.S. averages per 100,000 people.
  • Over 35% of all Baltimore residents get food stamps. Over 85% of the kids get free breakfasts and lunches at school. More than 60% of Baltimore residents are receiving some form of government assistance.
  • Baltimore’s welfare paradise is paid for by outrageously high taxes. It’s income tax rate of 3.2% is on top of the state rate of 4.75%. It’s property tax rate is more than double the other counties in Maryland. The sales tax rate is 6%. Corporations pay an income tax rate of 8.25%.
  • The percentage of out of wedlock births to black women in Baltimore exceeds 72%. Baltimore and Detroit are the two cities with populations over 600,000 with the highest percentage of single parent households – 59% to 61%.
  • The reported unemployment rate for Baltimore is 8.2%, one of the highest in the country. In reality, 42% of the working age population is not working. Young black men between the ages of 20 and 24 have a reported unemployment rate of 37%. But in reality, it is north of 60%. The number of employees in 1990 totaled 475,000. Today they total 365,000, down 23%.

It doesn’t take a village to raze, burn, and loot a village. It just takes 50 years of liberal economic and social policies. Of course the liberal media, liberal politicians, and liberal voters don’t think anyone should be blamed for the disaster that Baltimore and every other Democrat controlled urban shithole (Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cleveland) have become over the last 50 years. Community organizer Adam Jackson, living up to the standards of Organizer in Chief Obama, declared that in Baltimore “the Democrats and the Republicans have both failed.” At least progressive community organizers have a sense of humor. How can Republicans have failed if the mayors and City Council have been 100% Democrat since the mid 1960s? I wonder how many Republicans were among the youths burning, looting, and destroying the city this week.

No Republican, and definitely no conservative, is responsible for the poverty, crime, educational failure, and disintegration of this lesson in Democratic rule. Baltimore’s police department is the product of the progressive wing of the Democratic party, enabled by black identity politics. This is entirely a left-wing Democratic creation. They get all the credit for what Baltimore has become. The mayor of Baltimore is an incompetent bumbling fool. These corrupt, arrogant left wing boobs are incapable of running a school system, police department, or economy.

They know how to play race politics to get elected. They know how to increase taxes on the few remaining producers in order to redistribute it to their black voters. They know how to destroy businesses and jobs. They know how to create a welfare mindset among black people, enslaving them in poverty, dependency, and ignorance. Blacks have suffered the most from Democratic black rule. These riots will result in less businesses, less jobs and less taxes for the city. Blacks will be hurt the most, but they will continue to vote for Democrats. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Believing liberal welfare policies will fix the problems created by liberal welfare policies is insane. Liberalism is a disease of the brain and has infected a vast swath of America, especially in urban enclaves across the land.

Baltimore and every other Democrat controlled urban enclave in America are destined for decline, destruction, and civic decay. Baltimore cannot be fixed by spending more money on welfare programs. The country has spent $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs since LBJ declared his war on poverty. They haven’t moved the dial on poverty one iota. They have created generations of dependent black people, trapped in urban ghettos like Baltimore. If you can’t educate children for $15,700 per year, then you won’t educate them any better for $18,000 per year. Liberals will never admit their policies, programs, and corrupt practices created this national disaster.

Liberal welfare policies have encouraged and rewarded out of wedlock births. The 72% black out of wedlock birth rate is the single biggest cause of Baltimore’s long-term decline. Children without fathers are destined to be uneducated, unemployed, and underachieving. Children raised by married working parents who provide good role models are not on the streets. They are studying. They are not looting, killing, robbing or having kids when they are teenagers. There are no guarantees in life, but being stupid, lazy and ignorant guarantees a life of poverty. Liberal welfare policies pay these people to have more kids out of wedlock in order to maximize their welfare payments. There have now been three generations of black people entrapped by these demented welfare programs.

There is no will among the recipients or distributors of race based welfare payments to change their policies or programs. Therefore, every time a white cop kills a black person or a white store owner kills a black thief in Baltimore or any urban ghetto, the potential for riots, looting, and burning of businesses will rear its ugly head. The only guarantee is the liberals running the urban ghetto will not accept blame for what they have wrought. Farewell to the America of personal responsibility, work ethic, marriage, family, and valuing education.

The esteemed mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (of course a liberal black woman must hyphenate her name) summed up the disease of liberalism after her peeps had destroyed their neighborhoods the night before:

“It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”

You reap what you sow America.

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commented 2015-05-02 12:11:37 -0400 · Flag
Tom commented

Ben,

Liberals need to Lord Over & Rule the peasant populace (which includes me)
we can thank that brilliant Idiot Savant Woodrow Wilson for ushering in the Age of Professional Apparchiks to oversea the unwashed masses,
that said, supposedly the Democratic leaders of Baltimore brought in a New Police Regime some time ago, a new commissioner and his band of stooges from Oakland, Ca. If this is indeed the case then they Own the Situation, and it typifies Yet another bright shining example of Failed Liberal ideology and Failed Leadership.

In a mere 6 years Obama has turned this country into a dysfunctional ghetto from sea to shining sea, with the exception of the gated enclaves where our Elite Rulers & Money Changers live, and what is this country’s answer to Right itself ? Why yet another Clinton or another Bush.
commented 2015-05-02 11:47:35 -0400 · Flag
Victor M. commented

Be interesting to see if new attorney general orders investigation of black-led – majority minority police department as they did in ferguson? What the odds?
commented 2015-05-02 11:47:00 -0400 · Flag
Ben S. commented

Liberals want the power to keep themselves in power and impose what they think is right on everyone. Woe be to anyone who would threaten them. Last Saturday, many in the Sandtown area of Baltimore were falsely arrested and jailed without charge, held without food, without being able to notify anyone of their incarceration, 20 to a room designed for only 10, and then let out two days later without charge.

The police problem is one of leadership. The rank and file are just following their leaders even though they will be the ones paying the price in the case of the man killed.
commented 2015-05-01 20:35:37 -0400 · Flag
Kelvin commented

Yet the Lefties are all out there about how Baltimore’s problems are all Whitey-Judeo-Christian-Western Civilization’s fault, blah blah blah.

When it is exactly the LACK of those values that creates places like Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, Compton, St. Louis, metro Oakland, Camden, East St. Louis, Memphis, Liberty City FL, and of course, Philidelphia and the 30 Blocks made famous by the TBP.

There is a terrible storm coming, my friends.

When the economic SHTF, just what do you think is going to happen to all of these places?

It’s gonna make Katrina – Detroit – Mogadishu look like Rodeo Drive.

I repeat my rant about Ferguson, just change the names and places. It’s the same new shit, just like the old shit, just a pile of shit, really.

Frankly, my dears, I just don’t give a damn.
commented 2015-05-01 20:34:11 -0400 · Flag
Jim commented

An Open Letter to Baltimore Rioters

So when I hear the story of Freddie Gray, the riots that ensue afterwards make a great deal of sense in some ways. People are rightly furious. I’m not going to give you the cliche “violence is not the answer” line, because that’s a lie. There is a predatory gang of criminals at large who rob, assault, kidnap, and murder with impunity. The police, and the institution they stand for are your enemy, and they will not stop victimizing you until doing so becomes so dangerous that they find more productive ways of sustaining themselves.

Not only is violence the answer, it is the only answer, and the answer is so obvious that I am perpetually baffled by the fact that people don’t see it and act on it every day. The dumbed down docile nature of the public at large is so frighteningly destructive that it makes the looting look civilized by comparison. Of course you should resort to violence, what other option do you have against an enemy so belligerent that he would say “Fuck your breath” to Eric Harris after shooting him in the back over a constitutionally protected firearm sale? What other response could there be to a gang so cold as to shoot Walter Scott 8 times in the back over a broken tail light? Why wouldn’t you kill the people who strangled Eric Garner to death in broad daylight over a cigarette? What besides violence could ever hope to stop a crime syndicate that pays its assassins for time off after they fatally injure a man’s spinal cord, just because he had a knife?

So by all means Baltimore, burn buildings to the ground. Go ahead, kill your oppressors. Throw rocks, bottles, firebombs, and whatever weaponry you can muster at your enemy.

But perhaps you might want to figure out who your enemy is before you begin.

Your enemy is not “society” or “white people” or “racism” or “capitalism”. CVS is certainly not your enemy. So destroying private property and generally making your home city unlivable doesn’t seem productive at all. Quite the contrary, you are granting your enemy the legitimacy he thrives on. You are making him look like the savior of humanity, when he is anything but.

Your enemy is the same as mine. Your enemy is the enemy of all mankind. Your enemy is the State.

Racism? Your enemy is the enemy of your race alright. Mine too, and I’m white. He is the enemy of the human race. They prey on all of us, and this perpetual distraction of #BlackLivesMatter only signals to your white skinned fellow victims that this is not their problem. A falsehood that dooms your cause if it ever hoped to find a solution. As long as people are free to believe that police are primarily gunning down blacks, and that this is the real issue, then they will be free to assume that they are gunning down blacks because of their lifestyle, and that white society can sit comfortably while that happens. This is false, white people are being taxed and regulated into oblivion while they obediently do as they are told and avoid the direct physical confrontations that go on in your communities.

It is no better that the white man is threatened with violence by the State and obeys, avoiding direct physical confrontation, than it is that a black man disobeys and is killed. The crime is the same, it is aggression. If a white man pays $30,000/year in taxes to avoid police breaking into his home, killing all who resist, and taking the survivors off to prison, he is as much a victim as a black man who suffers that violence at the hands of the same revenuers. If a white man is told to turn in his guns, and obeys to avoid armed conflict, he is no less a victim than Freddie Gray was when the police came to disarm him, no less than was Tamir Rice when police came to disarm him, the crime is identical and race is a mere distraction. Go do some research into the incident in Waco, Texas with the Branch Davidians. Look into Ruby Ridge, Carl Drega, Kelly Thomas, the list could go on forever.

The State is evil because it is the initiator of force, saying that the problem is race only distracts from this very obvious problem.

The State is your enemy, kill him before he kills you. He is not difficult to identify. He is so brazen in his aggressions that he brags about them on television. He claims his authority to brutalize you, by winning a popularity contest that you call an election. He wears uniforms, displays his emblems proudly, threatens you with sirens and strobe lights. He is not hiding.

Your enemy is the State. But if you instead loot businesses owned by your fellow victims, if you set fire to buildings that are not the property of your enemy, if you harm the innocent, then you have become the enemy yourself.
commented 2015-05-01 20:31:07 -0400 · Flag
Sam commented

When I was a kid I went to a few Orioles games in Baltimore. They had a good team unlike my ‘hometeam’ the Washington Senators. The first thing you saw coming into Baltimore was big illuminated sign across the top floors of some tall building that said Pepto-Bismol. I thought it was funny but back then Baltimore was a blue collar city ( Bethlehem Steel had a big plant there) and if making an over the counter diarrhea remedy was amusing to a 12 year old that plant probably employed hundreds of local people and paid them, if not what the Bethlehem Steel workers made, what we would call a living wage today. Bethlehem Steel’s long gone and I’d bet so is the Pepto-Bismol plant.

Today Baltimore has become a low wage version of Washington. Those people not living on government transfer payments are more than likely employed either directly or indirectly providing government services. Local government, the school district, the criminal justice system, social workers, bus drivers, health care etc. The whole modern panoply of government funded services. Take away public spending and Baltimore would look like Haiti but so would a lot of other US underclass cities. The problem is we are nearing the point where this nation can no longer afford to support its ‘Baltimores’.

The US government spends over $400 billion per year on servicing its $18 trillion debt. That with the Fed pinning interest rates to the floor such that a 10 year Treasury bond pays 2%. Were Janet Yellen to raise rates to historical norms Congress would have to come up with another $400 or so billion PER YEAR in tax increases or spending cuts to service the existing debt. That’s about 10% of the Federal budget. With economic growth stuck at 2% despite all the trillions in accomodative monetary policy and fiscal stimulus that has been thrown at it since Obama took office and with the future fiscal outlook promising more trillion dollar deficits as the baby boom retires we have reached the limit of what we can afford to spend on our parasitic underclass population. That maybe what lies behind the ongoing black angst. They sense the end is near. That there will be no more Obama’s with $886 billion in stimulus funds and hundreds of billions of leftover TARP money to keep the Baltimore’s of America going even in their present decayed state. Worse still, the black middle class, largely composed of those employed providing all those government to services, are going to have to make room for America’s surging Hispanic population. This loss of government patronage and political influence is, in large part, what is driving this incipient black insurrection in my opinion. It is going to get a lot worse as blacks realize the government teat they have relied upon for almost 3 generations is drying up.
commented 2015-05-01 20:29:37 -0400 · Flag
Pavan commented

This is an excellent commentary and source of background information on Baltimore.
Recall that the Ferguson riots were supposed to be due, in large part, to lack of black representation on the police force and in city political positions. Baltimore destroyed that theory, since blacks pretty much run that city. I have another theory. Once the proportion of blacks reaches a critical threshold, then the city is finished. First, comes the blacks, then comes the lawlessness, Democrat leadership, and the opportunity to revel in anti-white racism. Show me a city, state, or country dominated by blacks and I’ll show you a deteriorating basket case. We have Detroit, Baltimore and numerous other cities as example. Zimbabwe and South Africa are countries that were very viable until the whites were kicked out. Nelson Mandela and MLK may have had good intentions, but they ended up paving a road to ruin. It’s no wonder the Progressives can’t handle the truth about this, because the truth isn’t pretty.
commented 2015-05-01 20:28:46 -0400 · Flag
Mike commented

The only good thing to come out of this:
The more purely black these urban hell-holes become, and the more Federal money that gets poured into them, the more OBVIOUS it becomes that it’s the culture, the system, and NOT RACISM (nor race, per se), that brings about this horror.
commented 2015-05-01 20:27:03 -0400 · Flag
Tom N. commented

was watching the Idiot Box last night, the roving riots made there way to Philadelphia,
and a Black Woman wearing a blond wig offered the following comment:

“ There is Black Genocide going on in this country against Black People, this MUST STOP

chalk up another winning position being posited by the ignoramuses thanks to the tripe that ‘little Barry’ continues feeding to the black community.

Could Not Believe what my Ears heard this woman utter, Do You Even Know what Genocide Is ? you miserable, misery merchant !

Like I said in an earlier post, it took ‘a 1/2 black man’ to usher in the most racially divisive
hatred, by Blacks, that I have ever witnessed in my young life, what a crowning achievement

OBAMA is a Complete Failure !
commented 2015-05-01 20:25:54 -0400 · Flag
Beauforde commented

Black Racism and its virulent cousin, Black Slavery to the Democrat/Leftist Plantation, are the real culprits in Black Culture’s catastrophic failure. Fact: More white (per 1000) are killed by police officers than are blacks. The article exposes all of the bogus mythology perpetrated by the media about Baltimore (and you can insert Ferguson and New York and Detroit and on and on to this narrative). American blacks have been given (yes, given) TRILLIONS in “reparations” in the last 50 years…and have dug themselves deeper into dependency and cultural decay than ever before…White America has had it…and dangerous Race Wars are on the horizon.
commented 2015-05-01 20:24:28 -0400 · Flag
Spartacus commented

the old guard democraric status quo in ‘charm city’ are all black apparatchiks. The black community has self-destructed… Not a racist issue… It’s a REVERSE racist issue:
commented 2015-05-01 20:23:26 -0400 · Flag
Ben S. commented

I have seen a lot worse, back when Southern Democrats were perfectly willing to kill and/or maim blacks for getting out of line. Of course, then the blacks weren’t able to fight back. Obama is certainly helping to let the genie out of the box, but Baltimore’s problems aren’t much different than those of Detroit except that in Baltimore solid attempts were made to save the city by selling downtown residences for $2 to anyone agreeing to live and invest in the home, and by redeveloping the seaport. Baltimore has been under Democrat control for almost 50 years resulting in the corruption of the government and probably the police force. So blacks, always the ones to suffer most from corruption, have seen how good some Baltimoreans have it from development and can’t be faulted for wanting a piece of the pie for themselves as well as protection from corrupt cops. The protests were peaceful until some professionals arrived on scene (Soros funded?) and the Mayor made a huge mistake stopping police from policing.

Obama is just taking advantage of the situation to make matters worse as he always does in pursuit of his goal to make us into a third world nation incapable of imperialistic goals.
commented 2015-05-01 20:22:29 -0400 · Flag
Tom N. commented

I have Not been alive as some on this planet, But I can honestly tell
you that I Never remember race relations being as hostile as they are
under the magical negro, it is like having Jeremiah Wright as president of the
United States, Truly, Utterly stunning, and the media ? Nothing but net, not a word.

This imbecile, Obama, has fundamentally changed this country in a mere 6 years,

I have the openly expressed contempt Facebook, Twitter, photo flicka or instagram This sewage pit ethos is Only Possible because 80% + of the imbecilic populace refuses to take there snout away from there impertinent, irrelevant electronic toy.

just stunning.