The Answer Is Always “More Government”



In response to a question about the violence in Baltimore posed during a joint White House press conference alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama delivered a perfectly anodyne and unremarkable 15 minute lecture about the lamentable state of affairs in America’s cities. There wasn’t much to object to in his response; it was a platitude-laden sermon about the school-to-prison pipeline, criminal justice reform, and excessive drug sentencing. Many leading Republicans would agree with the president’s assessment of the social ills that plague urban centers. Don’t believe me? Check The New York Times.

But the president conceded that he has no real plan to address the chronic hopelessness that bedevils cities like Baltimore when he claimed that what this moment truly called for is more infrastructure spending. And he would get it, too, if it weren’t for those darn Republicans.

If we are serious about solving this problem, then we’re going to not only have to help the police, we’re going to have to think about what can we do, the rest of us, to make sure that we’re providing early education to these kids. To make sure that we’re reforming our criminal justice system so it’s not just a pipeline from schools to prisons. So that we’re not rendering men in these communities unemployable because of a felony record for a nonviolent drug offense. That we’re making investments so they can get the training they need to find jobs.

That’s hard. That requires more than just the occasional news report or task force, and there’s a bunch of my agenda that would make a difference right now in that. I’m under no illusion that under this Congress we’re going to get massive investments in urban communities. And so we’ll try to find areas where we can make a difference around school reform, and around job training, and around some investments in infrastructure in these communities trying to attract new businesses in.

That might have made the president’s dispirited liberal base voters, many of whom reside in these hopeless urban environments, feel better, but this is about as naked an admission of powerlessness as you could get. And the president is correct to concede his impotence. The federal government has squandered much of its credibility among urban minorities.

“Inevitability, there are now calls for President Obama to intervene and calm nerves in Baltimore,” The Atlantic’s David Graham observed on Tuesday. “But what would it mean for the federal government to get involved? Does it mean Obama coming to town and delivering a speech, as he has after so many national tragedies? Such a step might offer a quick salve, but it wouldn’t do much to address the underlying causes of anger.”

There is a fatally flawed assumption at the heart of modern liberalism. That assumption is that you can solve any problem with more government. No matter what the problem is, the answer is always “more government.” Unfortunately, this is often not only the wrong answer, but it is frequently the worst answer.

Remember Obama’s “You didn’t build that” line? Well, government didn’t build it either. The only major US city that was build by government is Washington D.C. The rest were built by private enterprise. You can make the argument that government is what is destroying many of our cities, like Detroit and Baltimore. Government certainly isn’t helping.

Founded in 1729, Baltimore is the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic United States and is situated closer to Midwestern markets than any other major seaport on the East Coast.[17] Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and a major manufacturing center.[18] After a decline in major manufacturing, industrialization and rail transportation, Baltimore shifted to a service-oriented economy, with the Johns Hopkins Hospital (founded 1889), and Johns Hopkins University (founded 1876), now serving as the city’s top two employers.

The population of Baltimore has been declining since 1950. Not surprising when you consider the high cost of living, the high crime rate, the high rate of unemployment, and the low wages. If you were trying to build a major industrial plant in Baltimore you would have to deal with high costs, lots of regulations and strong local unions. Or you could build your plant in a more user-friendly place like Texas.

So what would more government do for Baltimore? It would subsidize poor people to stay in Baltimore, where there would still be no jobs. That would require massive infusions of tax dollars. It could try subsiding businesses to move to Baltimore with all kinds of tax breaks, which sounds nice in theory but usually ends up like Solyndra in reality.

Imagine trying to build a new house without tearing down the old house first. That is what liberal blue-model urban policies have been doing for the past 50 years. We keep paying poor people to stay where they are and keep being poor instead of incentivizing them to go somewhere else and get jobs and quit being poor. Imagine if Mexico started giving their poor people welfare benefits equal to what they could earn here working in the fields. How many Mexican immigrants would still keep coming here?

Liberals even oppose “gentrification” of urban areas because it forces out poor people, thus guaranteeing the problems will never go away.

The liberal blue model of governance violates the first rule of holes. If you don’t believe me, just look at Detroit.



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44 Responses to The Answer Is Always “More Government”

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    John Nolte:

    Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.

    In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools, and, yes, the police force. Since 1969, there have only been only been two Republican governors of the State of Maryland.

    Elijah Cummings has represented Baltimore in the U.S. Congress for more than thirty years. As I write this, despite his objectively disastrous reign, the Democrat-infested mainstream media is treating the Democrat like a local folk hero, not the obvious and glaring failure he really is.

    Every single member of the Baltimore city council is a Democrat.

    Liberalism and all the toxic government dependence and cronyism and union corruption and failed schools that comes along with it, has run amok in Baltimore for a half-century, and that is Baltimore’s problem. It is the free people of Baltimore who elect and then re-elect those who institute policies that have so spectacularly failed that once-great city. It is the free people of Baltimore who elected Mayor Room-To-Destroy.

    You can call the arson and looting and violence we are seeing on our television screens, rioting. That’s one way to describe the chaos. Another way to describe it is Democrat infighting. This is blue-on-blue violence. The thugs using the suspicious death of Freddie Gray (at the hands of a Democrat-led police department) to justify the looting that updates their home entertainment systems, are Democrats protesting Democrat leaders and Democrat policies in a Democrat-run city.

    Poverty has nothing to do with it. This madness and chaos and anarchy is a Democrat-driven culture that starts at the top with a racially-divisive White House heartbreakingly effective at ginning up hate and violence.

  2. leslie says:

    “This madness and chaos and anarchy is a Democrat-driven culture that starts at the top with a racially-divisive White House heartbreakingly effective at ginning up hate and violence.”

    Says it all.
    And I’d never have believed this in 2007.

  3. Myiq2xu says:

    • Constance says:

      To me the question should be will this ad sell product to women. It wouldn’t sell to me. Same with Victoria’s Secret…why do they attempt to sell women’s underwear to men? I change the channel every time a VS ad comes on, meaning I also miss all the ads that are bunched with VS. I would like to see a women’s magazine that features only informational ads not “preying on your insecurities” ads. It has been shown that women and girls feel worse after reading “women’s magazines” (which are really magazines for men who want to advertise to women) but men do not feel worse after reading men’s magazines. So there is no question that advertising aimed at women is destructive. It’s not that big of deal in women’s mags because I just stopped reading them. But when this style of ads bleeds over into bill boards and bus ads it is unavoidably in your face. Women and girls should be able to go about their business in public without having to be assaulted by predatory ads.

      • 1539days says:

        Men buy lingerie and they usually don’t feel like returning it. They’re the perfect customers, even if they can’t get their partner to wear it.

        • Constance says:

          What percentage of women’s underwear is sold to men? I’m guessing less than 5%. What percent of Victoria’s Secret ads are aimed at straight women? I don’t think I’ve seen one ad aimed at me, and of course I don’t shop there.

  4. HELENK3 says:

    here is another government fail. It is hurting many people and in time will hurt the whole country

  5. Myiq2xu says:

    Katie Pavlich:

    Last night during an interview with Fox News and while buildings in Baltimore were being burned to the ground and looted by rioters, City Councilman Nick Mosby admitted that decades of bad policies are to blame for the violence.

    “What it is, is young boys, the young folks in the community showing decades old anger, frustration, for a system that has failed them. This is bigger than Freddie Gray, this is about the social economics of poor, urban America and these young guys are frustrated and upset. Unfortunately they’re displaying it in a very destruction manner. When folks are undereducated, unfortunately they don’t have the same intellectual voice to express it the way other people are doing and that’s why we see the violence today,” Mosby said. “There’s a symptom of something going on here and what I’m trying to articulate to you is when we look at communities like this in urban America, lack of education, lack of commercial development, lack of opportunities, it’s the socioeconomics.”

    “This is a culminations of a lot of things, decades old of failed policies, decades of lack of development,” he said.

  6. Kathy says:

    Obama always takes a jab at Republicans–and sounds bitter, thin skinned and immature.

    • Constance says:

      It is so inappropriate for Obama to take jabs at the opposing political party. He needs to actually lead.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Seriously, Hot Air was my gateway drug to conservative blogs back in ’08, as was Redstate’s Erickson until he made his TOS pro-life or you’re not welcomed here. Ace is another good common sense blog too. Then the rogue Keith Koffler from the WHPC caught my fancy. He’s pretty much an outlier now, but still gets a press seat and a WH invite now and then. His blog pretty much gives us an insiders view of the mean girls covering the prezzy. Not much better than how hot dogs are made 😀 You don’t want to know…..

    • elliesmom says:

      Hot Air was my gateway drug, too. I was reading Ed Morrissey’s blog, and I followed him to Hot Air. After that, whenever I found a blog I enjoyed reading, I looked for another one on the other side as a counterpoint.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Hot Air’s Allahpundit is the counterpoint to populist conservatives like Sarah, so I kinda backed off HA because he annoyed me. Circa ’08. Since then, I do like ChicksOTR and Victory Girls. Also Free Beacon and IJR on FB. Have been in the Ace FB *private* group for a few years, it’s where I go to be ME without pissing off my real FB relatives and friends. You know, LoFo politics ? Or is that LIV politics?

  8. Myiq2xu says:

  9. 1539days says:

    I don’t know if they are exactly the best poster child, but at least they are not backing down or shutting up against the constantly offended.

  10. DandyTIger says:

    I’m seeing a serious uptick in my lib friends pushing for big government solutions. Must be the talking points. And all sorts of article postings of why the blue model works. Someone hit a nerve.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Sidebar: Ok, remember the TSA’s Gropergate at Denver International a few weeks ago? Gropers admitted to about a dozen free feels. Since *son* started investigating, and hit the newsies, about 250 gropees have come forward. Funny, none of them flew into DIA, ever. The investigation continues…even the gropers are suprised. Thanks taxpayers for paying for my son’s double/triple overtime chasing idiots, and like faux “rape” accusations, the frisky TSA agents may go free. :facepalm:

  12. angienc says:

    Don’t worry — I read Sharpton is meeting with the “Space to Destroy” Mayor now. All is well!

    this guy sums it up:

  13. Jeffhas says:

    Baltimore looks like Chicago two years from now.

    • leslie says:

      Jeff – I don’t think it’ll take that long…This morning on the radio, I heard one of the ministers predict that this summer will be a violent one in Chicago. Just a few minutes ago, I heard a news report that demonstrators were “taking over the streets” on Cottage Grove (a major south side street). this was “in solidarity” with the protests in Baltimore. The police were trying to get the marchers off the street and back onto the sidewalk but the demonstrators wouldn’t comply. So the new interpretation of the non-compliance with police orders is ‘At least they are non-violent”.

      So, when we were protesting in Chicago in 2003, We were arrested for not following the CPD directions. Thousands of us were arrested, and booked, and held and some who needed insulin or other medications were not allowed to call family and were not given a chance to take the medications they needed. I have a friend who was hours late to work the next morning and showed up wearing the same clothes as the day before, because the jail where he was held was not even in Chicago – it was in a far south side suburb. There was no comment about our being non-violent. . . ever.

      • leslie says:

        And Bronco Bama was no where around – despite his statements to the contrary. He didn’t march with protestors. He didn’t march with teh Gays. He didn’t march with the Christians and he didn’t march with the Jews.

          • Lulu says:

            Obama doesn’t do anything. But agitate. ” So the new interpretation of the non-compliance with police orders is ‘At least they are non-violent”. What exactly are they “protesting”? They have the political leaders they elected? The policies that those leaders promised sort of? Their leaders have run Chicago and Baltimore, New York and other cities for decades, the state legislatures, the Congress, and now the White House for six years and now they don’t like it and want to vent rage. Excuse me while I think they are stupid and their enablers idiots. They got want they wanted and now they don’t want it anymore?

            Everything Obama does is shit stirring. No solutions. No progress. No betterment of peoples lives. Just never ending trash talking of his chosen targets and stirring shit because his power is chaos and terror. Arab spring, health insurance markets, regulatory extortion of the economy, threats to the Supreme Court. And on and on. Now he is whipping up mayhem like was done in St Louis last year. He turns people against the police who are under the control of his flunkies in the hierarchy of cities that he came from and he now controls. Get everyone at each others throats and he can “lead” while they rage and everyone cowers. Anger is extreme fear and the protesters need to be afraid of Obama because his policies are making life worse for them because he is cashing in while he can. He is an abject failure and a summer of rage and fear is all he has left. Monster.

          • Underwhelmed says:

            He’s waiting for the Muslims to lace up their shoes.

          • lyn says:

            Lulu makes good points too!

    • Lulu says:

      Duh! Don’t be surprised if eventually it is traced to funding from the taxpayers, Soros or union dues. That is how it is done. Grants, scholarships, studies, or “Challenges”. These bums get their expenses paid by someone. I’d like to see them RICO’ed. Criminal prosecutions for terrorism.

      • Lulu says:

        Somebody is financing domestic terrorism.

        • leslie says:

          My guess is that the somebodies who are funding domestic terrorism aren’t foreign. They may have been foreign born, but they’re right here waiting to jump in and take over in the midst of crises because we know that the best time to make decisions for others or take control, is when someone is in crisis and hoping for a savior.

  14. mothy67 says:

    Didn’t Baltimore embrace illegals?

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