Wednesday, March 30, 2011

......and now more than ever, knee-jerk liberalism is the enemy of the poor.

From the keyboard of Walter Russell Mead comes this beauty:

"Americans ultimately have to accept the reality that you
can’t eliminate poverty by hiring professionals with post-
graduate degrees and six figure incomes to sit in downtown
offices and engineer policy solutions to urban ills. Poverty in
a society like ours is a human problem and it is solved one
human being at a time, usually through person to person
contact: above all the parent but also the teacher, the
preacher, the mentor, the entrepreneur who helps the lost
and the overcome find solid ground on which to stand and
build a life."


Full essay here.  Interesting excerpts here:
 
"The Census reported that waves of blue state blacks fled the
stagnant job opportunities, high taxes and rotten social
conditions of the mostly blue northern states to seek better
lives for themselves in the south."
 
"The failure of blue social policy to create an environment
which works for Blacks is the most devastating possible
indictment of the 20th century liberal enterprise in the
United States. Helping Blacks achieve the kind of equality
 and opportunity long denied them was more than one of
many justifications for blue social policy: it was the defining
moral task that has challenged and shaped American
liberalism for the last fifty years.

"The Census tells us that in the eyes of those who know best,
these well intentioned efforts failed. Instead of heaven, we
have hell across America’s inner cities. Blue economic policy
has cut the creation of new private sector jobs to a trickle in
our great cities, while the high costs of public union urban
services (and policies that favor government employees over
the citizenry at large) impose crippling taxes and contribute
to the ruinously high costs that blight opportunity. All the
social welfare bureaucracies, diversity counselors and
minority set-asides can’t make up for the colossal failure of
blue social policy to create sustainable lower middle class
prosperity in our cities.

"Most Blacks of course still vote blue at the ballot box, but
more and more of them are voting red with their feet. They
are betting in massive numbers that southern Republicans
will do a better job of helping their kids get good
educations, police their communities more fairly.....offer
more affordable housing and create a better business
climate."

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