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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Billions Spent on Baltimore and it's Never Enough!

The answer is ending Democrat rule, not more spending!

Below you may read the post describing how one party Democrat rule for the past 50 years has destroyed Baltimore leaving it's poor and minority residents trapped. Obama and the Democrats insist that what is needed is more spending.  But what happened to the billions of taxpayer dollars already spent on Baltimore?

From the Washington Free Beacon we learn that Baltimore received $1.8 billion from the 2008 Stimulus bill. The Beacon reports:
According to, one of Baltimore’s central ZIP codes, 21201, received the most stimulus funding in the city, a total of $837,955,866. The amount included funding for 276 awards, and the website reports that the spending had created 290 jobs in the fourth quarter in 2013.

Of this amount, $467.1 million went to education; $206.1 million to the environment; $24 million to “family”; $16.1 million to infrastructure; $15.2 million to transportation; $11.9 million to housing; and $3.1 million to job training.

ZIP code 21202 received $425,170,937, including a $136 million grant to “improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet State academic achievement standards.”

Twenty-nine other ZIP codes listed in Baltimore city received a total of $568,641,684.
290 jobs created for $837,955,866. That's about $3 million per job. It's a safe bet the jobs went not to the neediest of Baltimore's inner city residents but to reward Democrats and grease the political machine that has held Baltimore hostage for 50 years. This doesn't even take into account billions in other federal programs.

Blacks in inner city Baltimore continue to endure an unemployment rate greater than 20%. That figure is much higher for the youths who recently rioted. When will an intrepid reporter ask inner city residents what Obama's Stimulus bill did for them?

And let's not forget that Baltimore is in the top tier of spending per pupil nationwide for education but students complain that their textbooks are 20 years old. Where is the money going? Ask the Teacher's Union.

Furthermore, Baltimore is in the top ten for highest income and property taxes. And yet city government, run entirely for generations by Democrats, is unable to deliver on the promises of liberal big government for it's neediest residents.

The results of liberal rule in Baltimore are sad. Charles Hurt sums it up:
These self-proclaimed Robin Hoods and do-gooders have issued open and unashamed invitations to the most vulnerable in society to become completely dependent upon government for everything from food to cellphones to home heating oil. Left in the wake is the utter annihilation of families and the destruction of cohesive neighborhoods.

Complete dependency comes at such a high and bitter cost. All in return for what really amounts to a sad pittance of welfare payments. It is a twisted mockery of the American dream.

All the while, urban hucksters skim off their take and politicians — drunk off their own florid false promises — clap one another on the back and congratulate one another for their "compassion" for the poor.
More money isn't the answer for Baltimore. Ending the corruption of Democrat big tax, big spending, big union rule is the only way forward!

P.S. 20 year former Baltimore Prosecutor calls rush to prosecute police "incompetent."
Appearing on CNN Wednesday morning, former Baltimore Deputy State’s Attorney Page Croyder blasted current State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby‘s charges against the six officers allegedly involved in Freddie Gray‘s mid-April death.

“Any prosecutor interested in the truth and in justice would have used all the tools at her disposal to find them. Ms. Mosby ignored them,” Croyder wrote in a Tuesday op-ed for the Baltimore Sun. “She has one of the most experienced homicide prosecutors in the state of Maryland as chief of her homicide unit, but did not ask him to investigate. She had the police report all of one day before filing charges, her mind already made up. And she failed to make use of the grand jury to gather, probe and test the evidence before a group of average citizens.”

Croyder continued:
She did no consultation with the police investigators. There had to have been many questions. Her own charging documents raise many questions…. [W]hat you were doing was investigating how this person died because to this day we don’t know how he died. If there was evidence immediately available that showed that a police officer had broken [Gray's] neck, there would have been an immediate arrest. This is not that situation. This is a situation which called for an investigation and she did not use all of the tools available to her to do a completely thorough investigation.

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