August 9, 2019
Baltimore is no longer the headline du jour in the national media…
But as we mentioned in our letter on Monday, the city has plenty of problems – and it has had them for a while. Peter C. wrote us this note from the Lobster Coast in Maine:
Glad to have your letter back in circulation. We need to stay abreast of the various situations that are bringing us to the edge of the cliff with those pre-engineered economic moves designed to crash us into the back woods with no room for gardening…
I remember being in Baltimore back in the 1950s when my Coast Guard cutter was in the shipyard for repairs to replace some bent hull plates. Baltimore looked like its original colonial self in the original streets. It is a shame that the city has been neglected and dumped into the trash can with all those rats.
So has the recent attention kick-started any efforts to fix those problems that have accumulated over decades?
This week, a group of conservative volunteers who support President Donald Trump went to West Baltimore for a clean-up operation. As the DailyWire reports:
While the residents were thankful for the overhaul – well over 100 volunteers came together to remove 12 tons of trash, according to [activist Scott] Presler – the liberal media were, uh, irritated. The media attacked the activist as an “extremist,” questioned his motives, and scolded him.
Our local paper – the Baltimore Sun – ran a skeptical op-ed the next day questioning the activists’ motives, writing:
Whatever he says his motives were, Mr. Presler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well. The bureaucratic, all-talk Democrats strike again. If a crowd of volunteers could clean up 12 tons of trash in 12 hours, how incompetent and helpless must Baltimoreans be if they can’t manage it in decades, right?
Well… yes, indeed that is the question.
And yet the Sun decided that the answer was more federal money flowing to the city. More government anti-poverty programs. More criminal-justice reform. More federal housing.
This ignores the fact that Baltimore is a prime example of the failure that “government help” brings. As American Consequences feature contributor Bill Bonner writes:
The formula for destroying West Baltimore was fairly simple: Undermine the family by giving money to unmarried mothers, undermine fathers by taking away the responsibility to support their children, undermine work by giving money to people who don’t work, undermine authentic community self-help organizations with money for fake government services, and undermine private industry with regulations, minimum wages, taxes, and rules that small, low-cost, marginal businesses can’t afford.
And remember… if the Democratic candidates for president in 2020 have their way, all these same policies – free money, free health care, free college, free everything – are on their way to a city near you.
We explain more in our American Consequence 2020 documentary. Please share its link – Join.AmericanConsequences2020.com – with anyone who plans to vote in 2020.
If you don’t, a few years from now we may all be living in West Baltimore.
Now here are some of the stories we’re reading…
Baltimore passed more than 200 homicides just last weekend and has been gaining national attention specifically from President Donald Trump – who tweeted a series of criticisms about the City and its representative Elijah Cummings.
Government spending, and this includes federal spending, is often relentless spending on what’s already revealed itself as unwise. Basically it’s waste of the West Virginia variety over and over again.
In many ways, Soros is emblematic of the very financial influence and access that liberals seek to eliminate.
Inflated bond ratings were one cause of the financial crisis. A decade later, there is evidence they persist. In the hottest parts of the booming bond market, S&P and its competitors are giving increasingly optimistic ratings as they fight for market share.
And let us know what you’re reading at [email protected].
Publisher, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
August 9, 2019