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Posted on 04/16/2014 5:42:22 AM PDT by SJackson
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NY Times Columnist: Republicans Right on Liberal Inner City Failures
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 15, 2014 @ 1:29 pm In The Point | No Comments
Nicholas Kristof’s article is really a bait and switch, admitting that Republicans were right about three major liberal social policy failures in the inner city… but offering only more of the same liberal social policies.
“Conservatives have been proved right about three big ideas of social policy. Liberals may grimace, but hear me out on these points,” he writes.
“STRONG FAMILIES Conservatives highlight the primacy of family and argue that family breakdown exacerbates poverty, and theyre right. Children raised by single parents are three times as likely to live in poverty as kids in two-parent homes.”
“One historic mistake by liberals in social policy was the condemnation of Daniel Patrick Moynihans warning in 1965 of the breakdown of the African-American family. He wasnt racist; he was prescient, for the same breakdown has since occurred in white-working-class families as well.”
But Kristof goes on to argue that Republican solutions of promoting marriage don’t work, but abortion clinics do. Nothing holds the family together… like abortion.
Kristof isn’t completely wrong about the fact that some Republican family initiatives haven’t produced great results because the breakup of the family is part economic and part cultural and the solutions are completely inadequate to the problem.
That’s a point that Kristof avoids because he doesn’t talk about the reasons for the collapse of the family.
“JOB CREATION President Reagan was right when he said that the best social program is a job. Good jobs also strengthen families. Evidence has grown that jobs are important not only to our economic well-being but also to self-esteem. Indeed, long-term unemployment seems to lead to shortened life expectancy.”
His preferred solutions, more job training and prison reform, again don’t deal with the source of the problem. You don’t create jobs that way. Some vocational programs work, but the big picture is that some type of jobs have gone away and you can’t just slot everyone into the so-called knowledge economy.
SCHOOL REFORM Republicans were right to blow the whistle on broken school systems, for education in inner-city schools is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Democrats, in cahoots with teachers unions and protective of a dysfunctional system, were long part of the problem.
Bravo to Republicans for protesting that teachers unions were sometimes protecting disastrous teachers (including, in New York City, one who passed out drunk in her classroom, with even the principal unable to rouse her). Likewise, some of the most successful schools in the inner cities have been charters in the Knowledge Is Power Program, showing what is possible even in troubled cities.
And then having conceded that the problem is teachers’ unions, he goes on to argue that the Republicans are wrong for believing that.
Republicans sometimes suggest that our biggest educational problem is teachers unions themselves. Thats absurd. States with strong teachers unions in the North like Massachusetts have better schools than states in the South with weak unions.
So the solution, Universal Pre-K. Because nothing solves a broken educational system like shoving more kids into it at an earlier age.
Kristof’s article is a bait and switch, flattering Republicans by accepting their core policy critiques and then urging them to support the same broken liberal policy solutions.
“You’re right. Now let’s do the wrong thing we say you should do.”
Yup, “Those who cannot learn from the lessons of History are doomed to repeat them.”
The schools in the North East do better because they have fewer minorities.
When you compare the test scores of whites or asians only, the ranking of the states in regards to education completely changes.
Even a half admission from a liberal is progress I guess. They know they’ve decimated the inner cities of this country but as long as the elites of the Democratic Party can keep real “Uncle Tom” sellout blacks like Shelia Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel, and other liberal blacks in elected office then nothing will ever change.
Same with crime statistics.
I see blacks were praising Rick Snyder in Michigan yesterday for signing a bill into law that eases in family adoption.
I asked a friend in Detroit about it and she said its a really great thing. Too many crack addicted parents lose their kids to the sate and many of them end up as wards of the state for the rest of their lives. Many of these kids are already living with their grandparents and the law will keep them in the grandparent’s home rather than in foster care or on the streets. My friend says she hopes it will help start rebuilding black families.
The nature of liberal elite racism is they choose to not see differences between black culture and white culture - when it works against their beliefs. When it works for them - their outrage over more black teens being suspended from school - then the reverse happens - - they all become mathematicians.
Bottom feeder liberals like Al Sharpton know they're lying when they lie... I feel safe with that because I know the boundaries of their lies. But with New York Times writers - when they lie they're totally unaware of lying.
And that scares me.
It brings to mind 'good Germans' who were proud of their well kept flower gardens, saw themselves as superior for their organizational skills but murdered millions in a total lack of moral awareness. That's how I feel about Nicholas Kristof - he lies without any awareness of the lie. His type could easily load me and my kids on to a cattle cars... all the while seeing themselves as 'humanitarians'... Yes, Kristof - the institutions run by liberal elites are targeting conservative traditional Americans ...
> Yup, Those who cannot learn from the lessons of History are doomed to repeat them.
An alien concept to the progressive lefty mindset.
“Yup, Those who cannot learn from the lessons of History are doomed to repeat them.”
Depends on perspective. Our ruling class has learned lessons they will be delighted to repeat: (1) Keep giving free stuff to the poor—they will always give you power and other people’s money; (2) Continue giving more and more power to public employee unions and promise them any pensions they want. They will vote to give you power and money; (3) Continue making businesses dependent on government power. They will keep giving you money and power in return for regulations, taxes, etc. (4) Continue the destruction of families and churches. They provide a power base that can reduce your power and money. Replace parents with unionized government teachers, social workers etc. They are unionized and will provide you power and money.
Not to say this is all about power and money. But our leftist brothers seem to have learned effective lessons from history.
> Kristofs article is a bait and switch, flattering Republicans by accepting their core policy critiques and then urging them to support the same broken liberal policy solutions.
” - - - Our ruling class has learned lessons they will be delighted to repeat: (1) Keep giving free stuff to the poorthey will always give you power and other peoples money; (2) - - - “
Yup. Point taken.
However, didn’t the Romans do the same thing on a comparable grand scale?
It was fun while it lasted, but here is the rest of the story:
WHEN YOUR OUTGO EXCEEDS YOUR INCOME, YOUR UPKEEP WILL BE YOUR DOWNFALL.
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