GET A JOB

Why can't we end poverty in a country as rich as the United States? Progressives tell you that we are NOT SPENDING ENOUGH to end poverty. Those bad old Republicans are keeping the poor down. We just need more government programs, like Head Start, PUSH, Americorps, WPA, CCC and we can whip poverty. (With a little help from our friends . . . ummmmm).

Government programs have failed. Welfare is a disincentive. We no longer can afford to pay for these programs, and most importantly, we should not expect our Senior Citizens to sacrifice their health or shorten their lifespan to pay for these useless programs.

Get a job.
ENABLERS' HALL OF FAME
FIXING THE PROBLEM
(May 11. 2011)

The primary theme of my entire website involves finding SOLUTIONS to our problems. On constant on these pages is my attempt to separate myself from the gaggle of so-called Conservative Candidates seeking the Presidency in 2012. Simply put, they tell you what the problems are - I give you the solutions.

DISHONESTY

When I searched for pictures appropriate for the theme of this page, I entered "welfare" into the Bing search engine. What popped up? Drawings, cartoons, pictures, of . . . . white people. White babies; white people standing in lines; white people drinking beer and looking goofy.

Nary a black face to be found. That's interesting, thought I. When I start channel surfing on cable tv during commercial breaks or when Dwyane Wade begins his annoying habit of turning the ball over (and complaining to the referee that he was fouled), I see one sitcom or logo or design or cooking program or Comedy Central or MTV (my very favorite network) I see black people everywhere. But when I research'welfare,' I see no black people.

Then I entered "crime" into ole Bing, and I got pages of - well - white people, once again. Oh. there was a picture of a Minnesota Timberwolf, and a Minnesota Viking - both black. I have no idea what that was about (other than to say that the Denver Nuggets should have been arrested for Grand Theft Forward, when they stole Al Jefferson from the Wolves, but I doubt that was the story here - and after all, the 'Wolves got Michael Beasely for nothing from the Miami Heat . . . who did a little stealing of their own . . . . oh never mind, theft is rampant in the NBA).

Wait a m.i.n.u.t.e. I need to turn my search filter to OFF - to get the bad stuff (or is it the good stuff?. Click off, re-enter "crime." Ah, here we go. Ughhhhhhh. These are gruesome. Hey ! Lawrence Fishburne is on CSI, Owosso. I'll have to catch that - I like Lawrence Fishburne (especially in "The Red Violin" . . . or was that . . . ?). Hmmm those two Minnesota athletes are stil there. But no more Blacks.

But now what a relief, I'm feeling better.  The African-American community 's problems are solved; now I need only concentrate on all the rest of us until my goal to end poverty in America is finished . . . whew. 

Then I visit the U.S. government's Census Bureau website and I get these (rough) statistics, for U.S. Children living below the poverty line.

     ALL RACES      WHITE         BLACK

198011,114      6,81761%    3,90635%
200813,507      8,44162%    3,78128%

Then I extrapolate this: While Blacks comprise 12% of the population of the U.S. , their poverty rates equal about 50% of the rates of White People. My math tells me that there are 4 times as many .

Then I re-read my copy of Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice, by Charles Silberman, who tells us that Black Crime constitutes about 50% of all violent crime in America. Hmmm.12% of the population vs. 50% of the crimes. 

So, in conclusion, Blacks commit  violent crimes at 5 times the rate of White People; Blacks are 4 times more likely to be poor than White People. Ouch. I thought things were okay here. After all Microsoft's Bing told me so. Of course in fairness, when I Binged "crime" pictures of Casey Anthony, Bernie Madoff, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, John Wilkes Boothe, Anthony Weiner, and the Denver Nugget's GM, didn't pop up either. What's going on here?

Then I Bing 'enablers' and (very) surprisingly, I see a lot of images of Barack Obama. I see one image of 'Skittles' with the caption: Hillary supporters are enablers to her reckless behavior. Honestly, I don't even want to know. With little success, I make my own list of enablers and I then paste them to this page.

The issue, as I see it, is this. We have serious problems in this country that need fixing. But how do we solve these issues if we fail to admit what is wrong in the first place, a point I make on my Home Page? If political correctness supersedes common sense, the obvious becomes obscure. So we spend trillions on false programs and solutions, that don't make things better - in this case better for African-Americans.

ENABLERS

Of course some benefit from this self-deception. Politicians, especially Progressives pander to certain groups, and in return, those groups are expected to keep those friendly politicians in office. 

But take a look at the statistics I quoted above. Simply put, for the last 30 years, we have poored trillions of taxpayer dollars into government handouts and things have gotten no better for African-Americans or anyone else, for that matter, who rely on handouts. Charity demoralizes the spirit; deminished work incentives; and turns many recipients into second-class human beings.

Who is to blame? Those whose pictures I have posted to this page, and hundreds like them who have traded taxpayer dollars for votes?  Who have thrown the word 'racist' around for the sole purpose of silincing their critics. And in the long run, who benefits? They do of course, but is it right? These people are enablers for the welfare society, just as a bartender or sympathetic relative are to the drunk on the barstool or at the kitchen table. 

Years ago I corresponded occasionally  with Leonard Pitts, who wrote a syndicated music column carried by the Miami Herald. Being a musician (of no repute) myself, and (then) partial to piano jazz, I wrote about how much I appreciated his insights and enjoyed his recommendations (Stu Goldberg, Earl Hines) and his column.

On September 13, 2001, Mr. Pitts wrote the best column of all  about the wanton attack on the World Trade Center by a bunch of people who had no idea who Americans were or what we were about; concluding with " But you are about to find out." 

By the time I campaigned for office in 2007 - 2008, Mr. Pitts had long since shifted the emphasis of his writings over to the dark (and more profitable)  side of social commentary and politics - liberal politics. Every thing wrong with Black Society was caused by Whitey, you see. To which I corresponded, via e-mail, that his writings were wrong and wrong-headed, and while providing a feelgood moment for malcontents aching to blame others for their failures, he was enabling their behavior, and making things worse for African-Americans.

When he inevitably wrote more such articles, I called him on it. He never once replied. He blocked my e-mails.

RACIST

Of course, while separating the myths from the demagogory, literally invites the epithet of "Racist" to come my way. BUt is it wise to continue throwing good money after bad for programs, predicated on the wrong set of facts ? 

(Update: New York Times, Aug. 4, 2011) NY Mayor Bloomberg and Billionaire philanthropist, George Soros, are pooling their efforts and $60 Million of their own fortune to improve the lives of Black and Hispanic young men (15 - 24) in New York City. Citing statistics that show NY minorities commit 84% of the crimes in New York City, and after serving time cannot get a job. One assumes that statistic is either racist, or just overlooks Bernie Madoff, Goldman-Sachs, the Levy brothers, and other like-minded liberals from the Hamptons, but I'll give those two the benefit of the doubt.

HONEST BROKERS

Leonard Pitts, Jesse Jackson, Lyndon Johnson, et al. are in it for themselves. Progressive failures are now a matter of public record. They are failures. The people who really pay the price are those recipients of the handouts. Al Sharpton used to hand out fliers in shopping center parking lots - now he rides around in a limousine. Is this the future we want to preserve at the expense of our Senior Citizens?

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I'm Republican Because We Can't All Be On Welfare
   'FAIRNESS’ ISN’T GIVING MY MONEY TO LAZY PEOPLE
The New Colossus 


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
 With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
 Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
 A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
 Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
 Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
 Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
 The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
 "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
 With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
 Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
 The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
 Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
 I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


NOWHERE DOES IT MENTION WELFARE, FOODSTAMPS, FREE HOUSING, ADC