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The Sad Philadelphia Story
National Review magazine ^ | June 30, '08 | Kevin Williamson

Posted on 06/22/2008 7:58:17 AM PDT by T.L.Sink

Philadelphia has one of the most backward and incompetent city governments in America. It suffers from a combination of failed civic institutions, a deeply embedded racial paranoia that undermines law enforcement, and a local culture that has come to shrug at the urban chaos this produces. In 2006, the one-or-two-a-day-and a-dozen-on-weekends murder spree that earned "Killadelphia" its rap as an urban abattoir resulted in 406 people dead. It's clearly not all about poverty. Miami, America's poorest major city, saw 79 homicides in all of 2006. In March 2006, more Americans died violently on the streests of Philadelphia than in Iraq - and March wasn't the city's worst month that year. Philadelphia has some of the worst public schools in the country, so incompetently run that the state had to take them over in 2001. And this mess was in the hands of America's least competent mayor, John Street. The worst of the murder rampage corresponds roughly with the Street years, and it's not difficult to see why. Street's administration was a crime wave of corruption and malfeasance in its own right.

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The article continues, "Politics hobbles the ability of the police to address crime. One illustrative episode involves the shooting of a 16-year-old outside his high school. The head of the school district went to the mayor pleading for more police patrols during the immediate after-school hours which are the most dangerous time of day for students. But the proposal was scotched by Sandra Dungee Glenn, an African-American school board member and former chief of staff to Rep. Chaka Fattah. Glenn argued that deploying extra police would send the "wrong message" to students and make them feel "that we need to be armed against them." Mayor Street chimed in that he wouldn't trust "a cop with a Glock" in the schools. So black leaders, along with Philadelphia's black mayor, and its black police chief, directed its heavily black police force to leave black students vulnerable to black criminals. Sandra Dungee Glenn subsequently was named chair of the School Reform Commission. That's Philly. In 2002 the Daily News ran a front page carrying the mug shots of 14 fugitive murderers wanted in Philadelphia and ran pictures of 27 more inside. Two of the fugitives were soon apprehended. But the Daily News quickly found itself the subject of boycotts and protests because all of the fugitives whose pictures were published were black or Hispanic. But the Daily News did NOT racially filter the photos: There simply were no white murder fugitives wanted in Philadelphia at that time. In the end, the newspaper knuckled under and apologized for publishing the truth. Since then, the city's newspapers, district attorneys, the mayors, and most of official Philadelphia have found it much safer to blame the bloodshed on distant bogeymen in Congress and rednecks at the NRA. Philadelphia has a bull market in murder, and it's far from clear that political reform can change the culture of a city that has simply come to accept Third World levels of disorder and corruption."
1 posted on 06/22/2008 7:58:17 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: T.L.Sink

IIRC, NYC had close to 2000 murders per year back in the ‘70’s, at least for a few years running.


2 posted on 06/22/2008 8:04:05 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: T.L.Sink

Yeah, but look at the bright side. The Philly government is wasting no time running those homophobic Boy Scouts out of the city.


3 posted on 06/22/2008 8:05:59 AM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: T.L.Sink

Personally, I would stay far away from that place.


4 posted on 06/22/2008 8:11:13 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

You might stay away, but that’s not the answer to the problem. Even the city is saying they wouldn’t trust a cop with a gun around the students? Who would they trust? This is the way a lot of our big cities are heading. Look at South Africa and you’ll see the same thing.


5 posted on 06/22/2008 8:22:04 AM PDT by RC2
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To: T.L.Sink
This is what happened to the historic aspect of Philadelphia when they moved the Liberty Bell as part of a multimillion tax dollar nod racial inclusion and “diversity”. READ THE LAST SENTENCE.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20031010/ai_n11429056

6 posted on 06/22/2008 8:22:27 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: T.L.Sink

Reap: Sow.


7 posted on 06/22/2008 8:23:53 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: T.L.Sink

It will all end when BO gets in office, change you know.


8 posted on 06/22/2008 8:24:11 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Demorats tax returns consists of "welfare in" and " child support out.")
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To: T.L.Sink
But the Daily News quickly found itself the subject of boycotts and protests because all of the fugitives whose pictures were published were black or Hispanic. But the Daily News did NOT racially filter the photos: There simply were no white murder fugitives wanted in Philadelphia at that time. In the end, the newspaper knuckled under and apologized for publishing the truth.

And the MSM wonders why people are no longer subscribing to their papers. This politically correct BS has got to stop.

I have well-educated, yet stupid, colleagues who are so quick to point out that blacks account for only 13% of the population yet are 40% of the prison population. They try to use that statistic as evidence of racism. I've tried to point out that the statistics could simply reflect the fact that either 1) blacks engage in illegal activity at a rate that is three times more than non-blacks, or 2) they commit crimes in such a way that makes them easier to catch. My alternative hypotheses are equally as likely as theirs, but they want no part of it because it doesn't square with their predisposed belief system. My conclusion: Liberals hate facts.

9 posted on 06/22/2008 8:25:16 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: ishabibble

Unbelievable.


10 posted on 06/22/2008 8:29:07 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: T.L.Sink

Why do you think they call this corrupt dump “Filthadelphia”?


11 posted on 06/22/2008 8:29:52 AM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: RC2
You might stay away, but that’s not the answer to the problem.

There is no "answer to the problem" that does any good for normal people who stay outside of the Democrat parasite nests ("cities"). The biggest battle between the political parties is the one to determine the flow of tax dollars - - when Democrats are in charge, tax dollars get raised and then head into the cities and down the toilet.

12 posted on 06/22/2008 8:31:23 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: T.L.Sink

I work in the city of “Brotherly Love” but apparently the brothers didn’t buy in to that sound bite.

The newly elected mayor, Nutter, announced that the brothers were in charge, if that gives you the flavor of the emphasis on racial identity. His new Cheif of Police is Ramsey, who you will recall from failed appointments in Chicago and Washington DC.

Most of the murders are in identifiable bounded areas, although people are free to move about.

One stays out of those neighborhoods and carries when one has to go in them.

Currently under consideration are the use of “checkpoints” like they use in Bagdad and Washington DC.

Ramsey is also promoting “stop and frisk”.

They haven’t gone so far as to have Hugo Boss design new uniforms.


13 posted on 06/22/2008 8:35:42 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Truthism Watch)
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To: T.L.Sink
I did a little quick research on Mr. Street. It turns out he has quite a collection of corruption charges levied against him, not the least of which is his financial connections with his older brother, Milton Street:

One company paid Milton Street, who is a hot dog vendor, $30,000 a month consulting fee. Mayor Street continues to defend his brother's right to pursue city contracts...

The real question is: How does someone like this continue to get reelected? Oh...wait...it's probably the same way that Nagin continues to get reelected in New Orleans. Still, it continues to amaze me. The corrupt politicians continue to get richer, but the people they promised to help continue to get poorer. You'd think they'd learn after a while. But, that assumes they are informed about what's going on in their city...probably not the case.

14 posted on 06/22/2008 8:36:19 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: RC2

So, what is the answer?


15 posted on 06/22/2008 8:38:46 AM PDT by Doohickey (SSN: One ship, one crew, one screw.)
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To: ishabibble

The new exhibits were all black-centric displays.

It is the usual leftist rewrite of history.


16 posted on 06/22/2008 8:38:49 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Truthism Watch)
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To: School of Rational Thought

All that money, and two hundred people showed up to watch.
Yeah, Philly really deserves to be the keeper of our founding history.


17 posted on 06/22/2008 8:41:08 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: T.L.Sink

Chocolate Cityitis.


18 posted on 06/22/2008 8:41:38 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (The correct word isn't "immigrant" when what they are doing is "invading".)
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To: T.L.Sink

Sadly, you can’t name one big city run by a liberal African American that ISN’T CORRUPT and CRIME RIDDEN. It is so damn sad.


19 posted on 06/22/2008 8:45:24 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: T.L.Sink

The Third World is apparently coming to all of America January 20, 2009.


20 posted on 06/22/2008 8:47:54 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Steely Tom

.....Politics hobbles the ability of the police to address crime.....

Which is why white teamster thugs can beat up and maim FReepers protesting the presence of a disgusting excuse for an American President.

Want some pictures of white criminals? Go get the criminal teamster thugs and their accomplices in the local government.

Americans should Avoid Tiajuna and Philadephia. Either place, you can get killed.


21 posted on 06/22/2008 8:48:21 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The Bitcons will elect a Democrat by default)
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To: DogBarkTree

RECIPE FOR DISASTER:
1- Democrat city council and mayor
2- Victim mentality
3- Welfare money
4- Banned legal guns
5- Tax businesses out
6- Corrupt police

Voila! A chocolate city or...a cesspool.


22 posted on 06/22/2008 8:59:04 AM PDT by UltraKonservativen (( YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!!!))
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To: Steely Tom
Not unlike any major city today. The press and the politicians skew the crime statistic to cover it up, but the results are the same. Until these people stop making excuses for the crime statistics, and actually address it, leaving race out of it completely, nothing will change. If politicians gave as much attention to these types of criminals, as they do to legal activity they want to demonize, the country would be a whole lot nicer place.
23 posted on 06/22/2008 8:59:07 AM PDT by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: Steely Tom

I’ve been to Philadelphia a couple of times. I can’t really differentiate it from New Jersey.

Isn’t it true that its poorest suburbs like Camden and Chester have even more extreme poverty & crime than Philly has?


24 posted on 06/22/2008 9:08:16 AM PDT by buck jarret
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To: UltraKonservativen; gidget7; All
"RECIPE FOR DISASTER: 1- Democrat city council and mayor 2- Victim mentality 3- Welfare money 4- Banned legal guns 5- Tax businesses out 6- Corrupt police Voila! A chocolate city or...a cesspool."

Describes Detroit to a T. However, Detroit is EVEN worse.

1. High School dropout rates @ 75%

2. 400Million deficit in public schools.

3. Unemployment rate approaching 25% and even higher among Black Youth who have dropped out of High School.

4. Mayor pulling a 'Marion Barry' and will probably be reelected in a landslide.

5. Costs of city services exploding at a time when tax revenues are contracting rapidly.

Detroit really makes every other 'Chocolate City' look tame by comparison (IMHO of course)

Going to be a hot Summer or very soon thereafter.

25 posted on 06/22/2008 9:17:44 AM PDT by TCats
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To: T.L.Sink

The Big Blue Cities need to be allowed to collapse.


26 posted on 06/22/2008 10:16:31 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: T.L.Sink

What was it that Mayor Street said about who was running the city?


27 posted on 06/22/2008 10:26:56 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Tom Manion '08-My only reason for voting this year)
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To: ishabibble

I read it, and thankas for the post. It truly makes one sad that this city is where the Founding Fathers composed the Declaration of Independece and what’s become of it. It even, for a short time, was the capitol of the United States. I think this tells the whole tragic story.


28 posted on 06/22/2008 10:47:16 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: econjack

I totally agree with you and the fact that our society is now a captive of racially PC politics, moral equivalence, and moral relativism is what’s destroying us as a nation and culture. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.” - Santayana


29 posted on 06/22/2008 10:59:47 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: Steely Tom

“one of the most backward and incompetent city governments in America.”

Ray “schoolbus” Nagin and New Orleans must be in first place.


30 posted on 06/22/2008 11:18:23 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Steely Tom

Killadelphia is its nickname


31 posted on 06/22/2008 11:28:10 AM PDT by dennisw (We have an idiocracy not a democracy)
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To: T.L.Sink

The same could be said about almost EVERY liberal city...full of filth, crime, poverty, sloths who blame everyone and everybody else but themselves.


32 posted on 06/22/2008 11:32:03 AM PDT by sasafras (Govt. mandated racism = Affirmative Action; Private Business Mandated Racism = Diversity Programs)
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To: School of Rational Thought; All

Thanks for the observations. I can relate to them. I was born in Philly and raised a few miles from Center City in a NJ suburb. As kids we all went to Wanamaker’s to hear the great organ recitals and did our shopping at Strawbridge & Clothier, etc. Later, I went to grad school at Penn and lived in a house on the 42nd block of Spruce Street. I’m now told by fellow alumni that this is no longer part of civilized society but the Third World. I admit I was prompted to post this article partly because of personal anger about what’s happening to our city’s and culture and also because I directly observed it taking place and was forced to be part of it. It’s been a long and horrendous experience and I hope Americans wake up to what’s happening to all of us.


33 posted on 06/22/2008 11:34:28 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: T.L.Sink
I spent my first 7 years in South Philadelphia, and then my family moved to South Jersey. I went to school at Drexel, and I've been on the West Coast since 1971.

I've been back a few times, and anything outside of Center City seems like an abandoned area out of one of Heinlein's books.

34 posted on 06/22/2008 11:43:56 AM PDT by Publius (Another Republican for Obama -- NOT!!)
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To: T.L.Sink

Did the late Mayor Frank Rizzo have everything under control?/Just Asking - seoul62.......


35 posted on 06/22/2008 11:49:53 AM PDT by seoul62
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To: T.L.Sink; Publius
Philadelphia: The City of Brothers Killing Eachother.

Philly defenders will not change my opinion: anything outside Center City, Chestnut Hill, and the 20-something hotel that is Manayunk might as well be Detroit.

Even the white areas in the northeastern part of the city are filled with meth heads and welfare dependents. THAT is something you never see in New York in the 21st century.

Philly, like Detroit, is one of the few cities that can benefit from a large influx of immigrants. Even the Vietnamese who go to South Philly usually move out as soon as they scrap some dough together.

36 posted on 06/22/2008 11:50:20 AM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: Steely Tom

I tell people if they want the “thrill” of experiencing was New York was like during the Lindsey/Beame era, all they have to do is move 90 miles south to Philadelphia.


37 posted on 06/22/2008 11:51:16 AM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: buck jarret
Camden has the highest crime rate of any city in the United States. I took my girlfriend around Camden a few weeks ago, and the only folks walking on the main street (half the stores were vacant) seemed to be junkies and tweakers. You can go for blocks in Camden seeing red brick rowhouses that would cost a fortune in Brooklyn, but in Camden are abandoned except for the lower levels that are used as crack dens.

Newark resident: "We have our problems, but at least we aren't Trenton."

Trenton resident: "We have our problems, but at least we aren't Camden."

Camden resident: "Don't get it too close to the spoon, you'll burn the sh-t."

38 posted on 06/22/2008 11:55:19 AM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: econjack

Exactly right, in my opinion. I think that total corruption leads to total corruption as an acceptable social, economic, and political standard of motivation and behaviour, “All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” - Lord Acton


39 posted on 06/22/2008 12:00:06 PM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: econjack

“1) blacks engage in illegal activity at a rate that is three times more than non-blacks, or 2) they commit crimes in such a way that makes them easier to catch.”

It all goes back to the family.
The family is the building block of society.

Those that suffer the most from the dissolution of the family unit are those in the black community.
You will see a similar rate of crime increase among whites from broken families.

Also - the highest rate of abortion is among blacks.

And what kind of policies have encouraged the dissolution of the family? democrat policies.

What kind of politicians make abortion sound like an easy alternative to parenthood? democrats.

Who do the black consistently vote for year in/year out?

The same folks who helped them get into this bleak situation.


40 posted on 06/22/2008 12:03:43 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Fresh Wind

“What was it that Mayor Street said about who was running the city?”

Well I don’t know what Mayor Street said but I do know what Rendell said and I can tell you that no Mayor runs this city. The second anyone steps away from the idea that a mayor or police commissioner in Philly, along with any kind of corruption coming from either office, are anything but side notes is the second that person will be closer to the truth with regard to what’s going on and who actually runs this city.


41 posted on 06/22/2008 12:12:22 PM PDT by Teri0811
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To: Scotswife
Who do the black consistently vote for year in/year out?

The same folks who helped them get into this bleak situation.

It's interesting that Democrats cater to the poor by giving them handouts and the like, but they never give them what they need to get out of poverty. Democrats only give what makes the poor beholden to them. After 80 years of the same-old-same-old promises to end their poverty, you'd think they'd catch on...guess not.

42 posted on 06/22/2008 12:14:22 PM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Teri0811
Philly went to hell after the Republican machine lost power in the early 1950s. Mayor Rizzo talked a good game, but blew untold millions of dollars on sweetheart deals to the municipal employees unions and building trades that all but bankrupted the city.

Don't get me started on how Philly is one of the few cities that still is almost exclusively "no-bid" ie a dictatorship by the building trade unions.

43 posted on 06/22/2008 12:15:00 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: econjack

“After 80 years of the same-old-same-old promises to end their poverty, you’d think they’d catch on...guess not.”

Receiving welfare and blaming everyone else for your problems - apparently - is more appealing to them than going to school - working hard at a marriage - and promoting the idea of self reliance.

It is difficult - the men have been taught for years that they are off the hook. That they don’t belong in the home with a wife and children.
They sire children and leave.

It’s very difficult to raise children by yourself, and that’s where the demcrats jump in and say “you don’t need him - you’ve got us!”


44 posted on 06/22/2008 12:21:30 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Ann Archy

Sad, indeed. I think most blacks bring their inculcated notions of absurd conspiracy thories and racial oppression wuth them to the table, which ultimately means there can’t be any rational dialogue. It’s really alarming,for example, that some of these ideas, which are utterly absurd - and ALL know they are - are actually being discussed by “serious” people. This is why, in my opinion, such dialogues are meaningless and don’t begin to face the real and serious qusstions about race. It’s time to stop the PR bullshit and be serious. But the PR class won’t cooerate.


45 posted on 06/22/2008 12:48:06 PM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: Clemenza

I think you may be right about that. What Philly needs now are immigrants who have the innate sense that hard work will make them part of our free society and NOT be part of an entiitled class. Unfortunately, we now have a subcultural class which is dominating our political, economic, and cultural life.


46 posted on 06/22/2008 1:16:41 PM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: T.L.Sink
The influx of entrepreneurial immigrants from Asia/Latin America/Eastern Europe is what saved the outer boroughs of NYC from becoming mini-Detroits. It also saved NYC the fate of having the two-race dichotomy that has turned Philly into a municipal racial cold war. Any politician who campaigns in NYC must appeal to several different constituencies, the most important being the affluent folks in Manhattan (and now parts of Brooklyn) that can always take their money elsewhere.
47 posted on 06/22/2008 1:21:11 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: Clemenza

It’s a little hard to tell over a computer whether you’re agreeing with me or disagreeing but it doesn’t matter, I agree with you, you just made my point...the mayor does not run this city.


48 posted on 06/22/2008 1:21:17 PM PDT by Teri0811
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To: Scotswife
They sire children and leave.

Cosby's been pointing out this type of behavior for years. However, the way the welfare system is set up, it makes economic sense for the father not to be present in the home. The end result is that we now have a fifth generation of welfare recipients who know no other way to function.

The solution is workfare, where you must show up at 6:30AM every day and perform those tasks that, as some would have us believe, Americans are loathe to do. After working 40 hours each week cleaning toilets in public buildings or even sweeping the streets, in order to draw your welfare check, perhaps then they might seek a better job, invest in themselves, or at least encourage their kids to do better in school. Perhaps then the $200 sneakers and $400 X-box would take a back seat to some educational products (e.g., books, magazines, etc.) around the house. But, Jesse and Al want to play the victim theme and have us throw more tax dollars at it. Well, after four decades of throwing billions down that sink hole and seeing no improvement, I think another approach (workfare) is warranted.

49 posted on 06/22/2008 3:10:13 PM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: T.L.Sink

“The Sad Philadelphia Story”

The other day I heard of a youth church group going on a mission trip
to one of our sunbelt states.
They were flying out of their home city, Philadelphia.

My first thought is “If there’s a tough urban scene that should be
a ‘mission field’...Philly would be somewhere near the top of the list!”


50 posted on 06/22/2008 3:24:19 PM PDT by VOA
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