September 19, 2005

General Blather

A commenter on this story at made this observation:

The Left's "Great Society" managed to do to African-Americans what 200 years of slavery and 100 years of discrimination couldn't do -- destroy their pride and resourcefulness.

The awful truth is the left NEEDS to keep the base impoverished and reliant on hand-outs in order to maintain their power.

N.O. is a black city, governed by blacks. LA is a corrupt state, governed by an incompetent who knew the right people. At least one of the State Senators got in office the first time thanks to some questionable votes from N.O. She paid them back by threatening to punch out the president because he wouldn't break the Posse Comitatus Act (so the Dems could impeach him).

What percentage of blacks were impoverished at the beginning of the "Great Society"? What percentage is impoverished now? CLINTON was in office for EIGHT years. What improvement did the black dependent class have during those eight years? HOw many of them got out of poverty and moved into the lower class?

If we had a free and unbiased press, they'd be looking at these stats.

In his 1935 State of the Union Address, FDR spoke to a nation mired in the Depression, but still marinated in conservative values:

"Continued dependence" upon welfare, said FDR, "induces a spiritual disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole our relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."

Behind FDR's statement was the conviction that, while the government must step in in an emergency, in normal times, men provide the food, clothing and shelter for their families.

Then in 1963, Lyndon Johnson had the chance to test the Liberal idea of making the Federal government the prime provider to the poor.

In the 43 years since, the "Great Society" group of aid programs have engendered a permanent poverty class with up to 3 generations still totally dependant on government to provide for their basic needs. Had the purpose of the programs been sucessful,under their own terms set out in the beginning, we would have no poor at all. Yet all we hear from the Left is how we are not spending enough to help the poor. We have spent billions of dollars every year on welfare/assistance related programs every year since 1964, yet the "poverty" rates are rising.

The commenter was right, we need to redesign these programs to become a true hand up rather than a hand out. Untill self pride and responsibity is stressed and inculcated, all the money we throw at the poor is nothing more than an ever growing dependancy cycle, and we can't afford it, either in terms of money, or in terms of citizens detracting,rather than contributing to the general good of the Republic.

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