THE POVERTY/LIBERALISM CONNECTION
The garrulous Dennis Prager once said, “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.” This is more than a conservative axiom, it is a concrete truth found in the rubble of American cities where big-government Liberalism has held sway for decades. Statist Liberalism has its genesis in good intentions; the wish that no one should want for the basic necessities of a home, food, medical care, and education. But it ends in more need, more pain, and more ignorance. The good intentions of Liberal politicians lead to the dependence of its beneficiaries on a dispassionate bureaucracy. Dependence leads to idleness, which leads to indifference, which leads to helplessness, which leads to a ruined sense of self-efficacy. There is more than a mere correlation between big-government policies, and poverty of spirit. Welfare-state Liberalism serves to deepen and extend the misery it is supposed to interdict.
What’s awry in America’s 10 most impoverished cities? These pictures are worth 10-thousand words.
Detroit, Michigan is the nation’s number one most impoverished city with a third of its population living at or below the poverty line. With its shuttered businesses and wasted neighborhoods, Detroit is a shameful reminder of what may happen when individuals lose the ability to provide for their own needs. Detroit has been controlled by Democrat politicians for decades and has not elected a Republican mayor since 1961.
Buffalo, New York comes in at number two on the poverty scale with 30% of its residents living in poverty and joblessness. Buffalo has not had a Republican mayor since 1954.
Cincinnati, Ohio was once a beautiful and culturally upscale city. It is number three on the poverty ladder with 27.8% of its residents living in poverty. Cincinnati has been run by Democrats since 1984.
Cleveland, Ohio is fourth among American cities on the poverty scale. It is in hot competition with Cincinnati with a 27% poverty rate. Cleveland has not had a Republican mayor since 1989.
Miami, Florida often regarded as sunny, prosperous and a magnet for the rich and beautiful comes in at number five. Miami’s 26.9% poverty rate belies its facade of wealth and comfort. Miami has never had a Republican mayor.
St. Louis, a city in Missouri, is a town of misery. It is the 6th most impoverished city in the United States with 26.8% of its residents living at or below the poverty line. St. Louis has not had a Republican mayor since 1949.
El Paso, Texas is number 7 in impoverishment and backwards policies which encourage lawless immigration with 26.4% of its residents living in poverty. El Paso, not unlike Miami, has never had a Republican mayor.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin comes in 8th place in the race to the bottom with 26.2% of its population living on government-issue cheese. Milwaukee, a deep blue city in a deep blue state has not had a Republican mayor since 1908.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania proudly holds only 8th place among poorest cities in America. Philadelphia languishes with more than one-in-four of its residents living in poverty. Philadelphia is a Democrat stronghold and has not had a Republican mayor since 1952.
Newark, New Jersey holds tenth place in the esteemed contest for most poverty-stricken city in America. Newark has a relatively small 24.2% of its residents suffering in paucity. Newark has been in Democrat control since 1907.