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NEW ORLEANS: THE WAGES OF SOCIALISM
Sierra Times ^ | 9/27/2005 | Andrew Walden

Posted on 09/27/2005 6:18:50 AM PDT by ElCapusto

What is it that bends and twists the soul of man in New Orleans such that he shoots at his rescuers, steals televisions while others drown, and then blames all and sundry for not helping enough? Biloxi and the rural areas of costal Louisiana and Mississippi have similar ethnic makeup and are equally hard-hit; yet they were not witness to the self-imposed parts of New Orleans’ devastation.

The answer lies in the peculiar political economy of dependency in New Orleans, home to some of America’s last remaining old-style housing "projects," home to legions of life-long welfare recipients and home to the bureaucratic and corrupt political structure which sustains itself by maintaining its "clients" -- in poverty. While the American economy has boomed for two decades, New Orleans remains a city where over 100,000 people cannot afford their own car.

A sedentary life of welfare check cashing combined with the feelings of futility and depression which naturally result from the lack of a guiding purpose in life leads to poor nutrition, alcoholism, drug abuse and then chronic health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, emphysema, and heart disease. New Orleans’ public hospitals service these new clients but do not (or cannot) cure the chronically ill, creating yet another layer of dependency and the corresponding income stream for bureaucrats.

The chronically ill are too weak to work, creating another reason to stay on welfare or disability. Their children are raised by a parent who is herself completely at the mercy of "the system." To the child, the government’s power and responsibility looms larger than mom’s and the father is usually nowhere in sight.

Thus the culture of dependency continues into the next generation as does the culture of "being owed." Since society "owes" them, there is no moral argument against property crimes. Once that slippery slope is reached, violent crimes follow along. The police sometime catch the criminals and they enter the criminal justice "system" becoming, in yet another way, wards of the state. These wards of the state might have benefited most from the jobs created in America’s booming economy -- but they rarely take the initiative to even apply for work. When they do, they usually don’t have an understanding of what it takes to get and keep employment. Without realizing it, their cycle of dependency gives them one excuse after another to feel trapped, "owed," and oppressed -- while living on the dole.

In this world someone who works 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and supports a family is called a "fool." Those who sell drugs, rape, rob, and kill are seen as "getting over." That is "getting over" -- on "the man" who is "holding us all down." This mentality is the product of the welfare state. New Orleans is one of a few cities where welfare has been taken to its full logic.

In New Orleans this culture of entitlement extends far beyond this "underclass." New Orleans police are the lowest paid in America, as part of their job they are expected to contract out to private parties for security services. This naturally leads to all type of corruption which in turn contributes to the public not trusting or respecting the police. When Katrina hit, about 1,000 of New Orleans 1,500 police officers deserted their posts. This single fact, more than any other, has led to the breakdown in law and order, which slowed rescue and relief efforts for two critical days on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

The culture of entitlement and dependency also extends to the political establishment of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. This leads to the mayor pointing his finger at lack of support by state and federal government while his own police dissolve underneath him. Millions of dollars have been sent to New Orleans for decades, but they were siphoned off to various corrupt activities rather than being used to reinforce levies or build up emergency services. This is a state that has never left behind the depression-era populism of Huey Long. Corruption is legion. Most office holders just haven’t been caught yet -- others have been caught but got re-elected anyway.

As New Orleans is physically rebuilt, this political economy of poverty must be demolished. As an example, New Orleans can look to the entrepreneurial cities such as Dallas and Houston, which are taking in tens of thousands of displaced storm victims. Departing their former home to move west, many are saying they will restart their lives in these cities. After the looting and crime, they don’t want anything to do with New Orleans again. The transfer of people away from poverty and corruption and toward entrepreneurship-created-opportunity is one of the few good things to come out of this disaster.

For those who do stay to rebuild, welfare reform and school choice must move to the top of Louisiana’s political agenda. A platoon of federal investigators should reinforce efforts to indict, arrest, and convict politicians and appointed officials for corruption. The city police department must be reformed from top to bottom starting with the termination of those who deserted and following with pay scales commensurate with that of other police departments. The "projects" must be demolished, as they have been in Chicago, Baltimore and many other American cities. Regulations and taxes that strangle small business development must be repealed. The private sector should lead the way in physical reconstruction.

Nothing warps human nature like the belief in "being owed" combined by the feeling, left by paltry welfare payments, that the debt "owed" is never paid. Thousands of welfare recipients are used to having everything given to them -- albeit in insufficient quantity to be satisfying. Thousands have no concept of working for wages, much less building a business. These same thousands rightfully look at the police and politicians as corrupt. In this twisted existence, the idea of initiative and work does not exist. From their distorted view of the world, looting in the midst of disaster and shooting at rescue helicopters makes perfect sense. The Bible tells us that "the wages of sin is death." In New Orleans we are witnessing the wages of socialism.


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...children are raised by a parent who is herself completely at the mercy of "the system." To the child, the government’s power and responsibility looms larger than mom’s and the father is usually nowhere in sight.

The father's place at the table has been taken over by the federal government.

1 posted on 09/27/2005 6:18:55 AM PDT by ElCapusto
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To: ElCapusto
What is it that bends and twists the soul of man in New Orleans such that he shoots at his rescuers, steals televisions while others drown, and then blames all and sundry for not helping enough?

Poor genetics.

2 posted on 09/27/2005 6:25:05 AM PDT by squirt-gun
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To: ElCapusto
Nothing warps human nature like the belief in "being owed"

Well said.

3 posted on 09/27/2005 6:25:34 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: ElCapusto
Study up on the Cloward-Piven Strategy. That's an eye-opener.


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4 posted on 09/27/2005 6:25:41 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: squirt-gun
Poor genetics.

What does the welfare mentality have to do with genetics?

5 posted on 09/27/2005 6:27:09 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: squirt-gun
Poor genetics.

Genetics, you say? Pick up your hood. You dropped it.


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6 posted on 09/27/2005 6:27:35 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: ElCapusto

Great article and exactly right....there should be limits to how long one can get welfare...going hungry is a great motivator...


7 posted on 09/27/2005 6:27:39 AM PDT by Youngman442002
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To: ElCapusto

because American women have sold their souls to NOW, and their socialistic agenda.


8 posted on 09/27/2005 6:28:38 AM PDT by television is just wrong (http://hehttp://print.google.com/print/doc?articleidisblogs.blogspot.com/ (visit blogs, visit ads).)
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To: Graybeard58

The Socialist's in America, "The New Slave Owners".

So that makes the "New Slave Masters" the leaders of the Democrat Party.


9 posted on 09/27/2005 6:28:49 AM PDT by stockpirate (John Kerry & FBI files ==> http://www.freerepublic.com/~stockpirate/)
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To: ElCapusto

Why isn't the NAACP, Rainbow-Push, the ACLU and other organizations outraged at all the white people running around shooting-looting in New Orleans after Katrina passed by? Oh wait...

Well at least they kept the status quo of crying for the Federal Govt to come in and bail out their sorry butts, and that includes the LA Govt from the Senators, Governors on down to the dog catcher.

Ahhhh.....reaping the fine benefits of federal handouts to people who don't need it, affirmative action, yadayadayada...yes indeed....it is truly a pleasure to watch...

Just keep on going, Democrats. You'll turn out society into a cesspool yet.


10 posted on 09/27/2005 6:30:49 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: ElCapusto

bttt


11 posted on 09/27/2005 6:31:15 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Youngman442002

I thought there was a five-year limit on welfare...? With exceptions of some kind?


12 posted on 09/27/2005 6:34:42 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: ElCapusto
New Orleans remains a city where over 100,000 people cannot afford their own car

But this same group can afford $100. sneakers, cell phones for the whole family, large screen TV's where they watch cable and play games. Plus they send their kids to school with wads of money in their pockets so they can buy soft drinks and chips for lunch instead of eating the "slop" the schools serve them for free!

The black principal of the inner city school in New Orleans where my sister teaches once told her she should never feel sorry for the kids at that school because they have more discretionary spending money than the teachers have.

13 posted on 09/27/2005 6:37:16 AM PDT by Ima Lurker
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To: ElCapusto

Excellent article. Thank you


14 posted on 09/27/2005 6:37:34 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Don't get stuck on stupid now, reporters)
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To: ElCapusto

Democrats invented welfare to ensure Blacks remained oppressed after Civil Rights legislation passed. I am not suprised to see it has worked. New Orleans seems to be lagging most of the rest of the nation in shaking this oppression.

I agree with the author, the "being owed" mentality destroys all hope and opportunity.


15 posted on 09/27/2005 6:38:20 AM PDT by IamConservative (Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time will pick himself up and carry on)
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To: ElCapusto
Visit an Indian reservation and you will see the same situation..total dependency on government handouts have created a culture of drug addiction, alcoholism, gang warfare and despair.
16 posted on 09/27/2005 6:39:15 AM PDT by The Great RJ (q)
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To: stockpirate
"The Socialist's in America, 'The New Slave Owners'."

This is truly the mentality of those pushing Socialism. The Democrats, slave owners of the 1800s; housing, feeding, and caring for slaves that in their minds eyes cannot care for themselves, have evolved, through force of civil war, to become master of another sort. Today they feed, house, and care for those whom "they" feel cannot fend for themselves.

I fear that once again, Republicans, like President Lincoln, must step in and do whatever it takes to break the back of the master mentality (which is alway decried as harming the slave).

Being set free is always a difficult path but one that is always necessary.

17 posted on 09/27/2005 6:39:34 AM PDT by AMHN
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To: IamConservative
Democrats invented welfare to ensure Blacks remained oppressed after Civil Rights legislation passed. I am not suprised to see it has worked.

Study The Cloward-Piven Strategy.


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18 posted on 09/27/2005 6:41:23 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: ElCapusto
Similar behavior can be seen in the Islamicized Parisian suburbs and the Gaza strip- both locales where substantial portions of the population live on the dole.
19 posted on 09/27/2005 6:44:22 AM PDT by JAWs
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To: rdb3
Study The Cloward-Piven Strategy.

I have read about it. Would you agree it suggests the same? The end result suggested certainly looks a lot like what we saw in NO. I am of strong belief that welfare creates the poverty and oppression it seeks to cure.

20 posted on 09/27/2005 6:45:42 AM PDT by IamConservative (Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time will pick himself up and carry on)
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To: IamConservative
I have read about it. Would you agree it suggests the same?

Suggests? If you want to call a purposeful plan to bring about this desired result "suggest[ing]" anything, then yeah. That's why I asked for us to study up on it.

I've said again and again that the inner-city is a Marxist Laboratory. Now I have a smoking gun.


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21 posted on 09/27/2005 6:48:56 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: The Great RJ
"Visit an Indian reservation and you will see the same situation..total dependency on government handouts have created a culture of drug addiction, alcoholism, gang warfare and despair."

You're right...welfare is an equal opportunity destroyer!

22 posted on 09/27/2005 6:49:57 AM PDT by patriot_wes (papal infallibility - a proud tradition since 1869)
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To: ElCapusto
Good post.

Many people have commented on the predominant ethnic character of the flood victims they saw on television. What I noticed was how overweight so many of them were. We must have the most overweight lower class in the world.

When my dog gets too heavy, I change his diet. I consider that humane. These Nawlins politicians see their grubstakes get fat and they just want to make them fatter. That should tell you a lot.

23 posted on 09/27/2005 6:50:23 AM PDT by massadvj
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To: squirt-gun

That's just stupid. And ignorant.

The author said that other nearby areas have near-identical racial makeups, but that they didn't descend to the depths of depraved behavior that a segment of New Orleanians did. His point was: They were created, by the socialistic, but inept, government in NO.


24 posted on 09/27/2005 6:51:13 AM PDT by John Robertson (Safe Travel)
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To: John Robertson
Don't waste your breath on a Klansman.


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25 posted on 09/27/2005 6:52:18 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: rdb3

I know.

But sometimes you have to go on record.


26 posted on 09/27/2005 6:53:44 AM PDT by John Robertson (Safe Travel)
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To: John Robertson
But sometimes you have to go on record.

I hear you. And I went on record by telling that sad excuse for a human to pick up his hood.


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27 posted on 09/27/2005 6:54:59 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: rdb3

Poor genetics.
Genetics, you say? Pick up your hood. You dropped it.


Pick up your hood you say.

You got your doo rag on back words.


28 posted on 09/27/2005 6:55:57 AM PDT by MudSlide
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To: ElCapusto
I see N.O. truly is the most European city in the USA.

This is coming to a city near you if the RATS take over again.
29 posted on 09/27/2005 6:56:07 AM PDT by varyouga (Reformed Kerry voter (I know, I'm a frickin' idiot))
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To: John Robertson
But sometimes you have to go on record.

You are right to do so. Racism must be denounced when it rears its ugly head.

30 posted on 09/27/2005 6:56:58 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: massadvj

America has the fattest "poor people" on the planet, yet the poverty pimps complain about the "invisible poor". Hell, you can't miss 'em - they're the size of most cars and could rent their butts out as advertising space.


31 posted on 09/27/2005 6:57:31 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Is it racism when the facts prove it out...its facts...why can't a liberal learn from it


32 posted on 09/27/2005 6:59:46 AM PDT by Youngman442002
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To: MudSlide
You got your doo rag on back words.

"Back words." Back words? Oh! Backwards!

Stop it! I can't take anymore!


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33 posted on 09/27/2005 7:00:30 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: squirt-gun
"Poor genetics"

That's exactly what the hippies around here say when they argue for eternal welfare. "They don't have good genes like us so we have to give them our stuff". "Black people are innately stupid and need help from the state to do everything".

That's REAL racism and DU will make you feel right at home if you believe it.

34 posted on 09/27/2005 7:02:05 AM PDT by varyouga (Reformed Kerry voter (I know, I'm a frickin' idiot))
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To: ElCapusto
These pathetic, downtrodden people are acting just like those eight aquarium dolphins did-- they are so used to being taken care of by handlers (the government) they lost their natural instinct to care for themselves. Many of those dolphins lost 100 pounds because they couldn't catch fish in the ocean-- and one group was found because they were jumping out of the water, apparently doing tricks for nearby fishermen, in the hopes of getting some food from them.

How sad, yet predictable.

35 posted on 09/27/2005 7:04:34 AM PDT by zipper (Freedom Isn't Free)
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To: rdb3

"Cloward-Piven's early promoters cited radical organizer Saul Alinsky as their inspiration. "Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules," Alinsky wrote in his 1989 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every jot and tittle of every law and statute; every Judaeo-Christian moral tenet; and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system's failure to "live up" to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist "rule book" with a socialist one."

http://www.discoverthenetwork.com/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6967


This tactic was used by Mordred against King Arthur when he confronted him concerning Guenivere's alledged dalliance with Launcelot....by pushing him to ultimately live up to his own laws which he ultimately could do...this led to a break up of Camelot.

This same tactic is being used against Christians in this country, "Where is the promise of HIS coming"? go the taunts and sneers!


The Bible promises that when the taunters have begun demanding that question of the believers...God will surely answer them....just not in the way they could have ever expected!


36 posted on 09/27/2005 7:05:27 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Even when a dog discovers he is barking up a wrong tree, he can still take a leak on it!)
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To: Youngman442002

I don't even think "race" when I see someone the size of a cow. Hell, now I'll have the animal rights whackos screamin'.


37 posted on 09/27/2005 7:06:47 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: mdmathis6; rdb3

"pushing him to ultimately live up to his own laws which he ultimately could do...this led "

Sorry should have said "could not do"


38 posted on 09/27/2005 7:09:07 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Even when a dog discovers he is barking up a wrong tree, he can still take a leak on it!)
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To: mdmathis6
Sorry should have said "could not do"

I read between the lines on that. No biggie. At least you didn't take a single word, divide in two, and still jack it up.


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39 posted on 09/27/2005 7:12:13 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: ElCapusto

Eugenics is a pseudo-science
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

The problem is `socialist democracy'. The sooner it's swept into the dustbin, the better.


40 posted on 09/27/2005 7:18:26 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: tumblindice; squirt-gun
Eugenics is a pseudo-science
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

You disagree, squirt-klavern?


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41 posted on 09/27/2005 7:21:10 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: rdb3

You got your doo rag on back words.
"Back words." Back words? Oh! Backwards!



You got something against ebonics


42 posted on 09/27/2005 7:25:12 AM PDT by MudSlide
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To: squirt-gun
In this world someone who works 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and supports a family is called a "fool." Those who sell drugs, rape, rob, and kill are seen as "getting over." That is "getting over" -- on "the man" who is "holding us all down." This mentality is the product of the welfare state. New Orleans is one of a few cities where welfare has been taken to its full logic.

I've always been puzzled by African-Americans calling Bill Clinton the first black president. He wasn't especially nice to them, that I recall. In fact, he was openly aggressive and abusive to blacks when he thought he needed political push from whites.

I concluded that it was because during his presidency he violated what we consider civilized norms of society, he defamed the Office of the President. He committed crimes and basically told those who frowned on his actions to "shove it," and he got away with it. In short, he displayed his contempt for traditional American societal behavior.

I believe that there is an underlying feeling of contempt for traditional values that permeates the black community in the United States. It's this contempt for traditional values that bonds blacks with Bill Clinton. They wish they could show their contempt (as the looters and shooters did) and get away with it like Clinton.

It will be there as long as the demorats thirst for power justifies what they are doing to these people. They need to be able to depend on those votes.

I look for the politicians in Louisiana to call for some type of absentee ballot arrangement for the 250,000 demorat votes that left New Orleans. Without them, they can't win.

43 posted on 09/27/2005 7:38:49 AM PDT by Texas Jack
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To: John Robertson
All people are created physically, emotionally, and intellectually equal and the related qualities of parents do not matter....Only the environment of growing up matters......Ohhhhhh yes.
44 posted on 09/27/2005 7:49:15 AM PDT by squirt-gun
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To: ElCapusto

"As New Orleans is physically rebuilt, this political economy of poverty must be demolished"

But it won't be. Not when the rebuilding itself is just another gvt handout.

Those who would fall all over themselves to throw $ an NO should realize the part they play in enabling this cycle to continue.


45 posted on 09/27/2005 7:53:28 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Texas Jack
I've always been puzzled by African-Americans calling Bill Clinton the first black president. He wasn't especially nice to them, that I recall. In fact, he was openly aggressive and abusive to blacks when he thought he needed political push from whites.

So very true.

My take on the reason for this is that Black folks always give 90 plus % of their votes to the democrats..... no matter what the time fram......no matter what the candidates qualities....no matter what the issues.....And thats a certified fact.

46 posted on 09/27/2005 7:54:10 AM PDT by squirt-gun
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To: rdb3
Eugenics is a pseudo-science

We all know that all people are created physically, emotionally, and intellectually equal and the related qualities of parents do not matter and in no way are passed on ....Only the environment of growing up matters......Ohhhhhh yes!!!!

47 posted on 09/27/2005 8:04:01 AM PDT by squirt-gun
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To: squirt-gun
My take on the reason for this is that Black folks always give 90 plus % of their votes to the democrats..... no matter what the time fram......no matter what the candidates qualities....no matter what the issues.....And thats a certified fact.

And it's a "certified fact" that we black people have poor genetics, right? Ain't that right?

You certified asshole.


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48 posted on 09/27/2005 8:07:28 AM PDT by rdb3 (NON-conservative, American exceptionalist here.)
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To: rdb3
I said "suggests" because the origin of welfare I think was racial and intended to offset the effects of civil rights legislation. The Cloward-Piven Strategy struck me more as socioeconomics. The end result is the same.
49 posted on 09/27/2005 8:24:09 AM PDT by IamConservative (Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time will pick himself up and carry on)
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To: rdb3; squirt-gun

'All people are . . . equal . . . Only the environment of growing up matters . . .'

If I understand what squirt-gun is trying to say, many black people are doomed to scraping along, `gaming the system', satisfying only lower level needs due to their poor genes, but to distract attention from (on its face) racist position, he uses the liberals' tired strawman position: "It is society's fault: due to his bad environment that the poor child a.) shot-gunned his entire class." b.) looted c.) raped Neville's daughter as a 'red herring'.
His rejoinder is beside the point. "Corruption of blood" is specifically mentioned in the Constitution as a belief and practice we left behind in Europe. And "eugenics" has been discarded by thnking people since late April, 1945.


50 posted on 09/27/2005 8:37:02 AM PDT by tumblindice (non carborundum et tu los bastardes)
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