Puerto Rico’s Democratic entrenchment fuels its own death spiral

Democrats in Puerto Rico INTENTIONALLY Keeping Power Off to Hurt Trump

Democrats in Puerto Rico INTENTIONALLY Keeping Power Off to Hurt Trump

The plot thickens in Puerto Rico.

The Democrats there believe they can make a “Katrina” of Maria, the hurricane that recently devastated the island sh*thole paradise. So they intentionally thwart attempts by President Trump to restore things to normal.

Months after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, nearly half the island’s residents remain powerless. But FEMA sent hundreds of workers to the area to help restore the electrical grid, so why the delay? Materials.

Items critical to restoring the grid in Puerto Rico are missing. Over the weekend, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began raiding warehouses. To their amazement, they found that the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority has been “hoarding” these critical items.

The intercept reported that FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered a warehouse in Palo Seco  where they found hundreds of tension steel sleeves and nearly 3,000 items necessary for contractors helping Puerto Rico restore power.

Hard to imagine people putting politics before people. However, that’s modis operandi for Leftists.

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The Democrats believe you must crack a few eggs to make an omelet.

Not long ago the Associated Press reported on this very issue.

FEMA has been desperately importing electrical rescue crews, trying to get the island back to full power. But the crews themselves have faced a massive shortage of equipment and necessary parts — a shortage which puzzled the emergency management agency which has been importing the parts and materials since just days after Hurricane Maria hit.

The problem seems to be the PREPA, which received the materials but never distributed them. According to reports, PREPA failed to enter into “mutual aid agreements,” that would have allowed the electricity provider to seek help from private utilities in completing the island-wide restoration project.

At the same time, the Intercept reports, the Puerto Rican government is trying to reform PREPA, which seems to be causing more problems than it’s solving.

At least for now, it seems that FEMA and other agencies are getting involved, trying to make sure that crews they manage are fully stocked and supplied so that power can return to Puerto Rico.

The Mayor of San Juan hates President Trump. She’s willing to do anything to disrupt his administration’s efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico.

As CNN reported,

Yulín Cruz said in an interview with CNN’s Leyla Santiago that a briefing with Trump on Tuesday preceded a “productive” discussion with administration staff, but she lamented the tone of the President’s remarks in the wake of back-to-back hurricanes

Trump has accused Yulín Cruz of taking a political angle to criticize his administration’s relief efforts, and Yulín Cruz said she was able to speak with the President briefly when he shook her hand at Tuesday’s event.

“I told him, ‘Mr. President this is about saving lives. It’s not about politics,’” Yulín Cruz said. “That’s all the interaction that mayors had with him.”

But for Cruz, it is about politics.

Take a look at Houston, in comparison.

The Category 4 hurricane brought winds in excess of 130 mph, dumped trillions of gallons of rain, led to 82 deaths in the region and caused damage estimated at nearly $200 billion. The Astros, along with donating $4 million to hurricane relief efforts, seized onto the “Houston Strong” message, similar to what the Red Sox adopted in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing en route to winning the World Series in 2013.

Houston didn’t fret.

The city’s major league baseball team won a World Series, and now the job of recovery begins. No politics, just good old American Spirit at play. 

And PR wonders why they won’t get statehood.




Democrat Disaster Cities

Democrat rule destroys cities more thoroughly than enemy bombs.

Some time back, CNN quoted a politician and asked who said it:

“I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty but leading them or driving them out of it.”

Every politician talks about poverty because it’s become a serious issue – regardless of morality, our many entitlement programs are taking our society down.  There is also a human cost.  The US Census Bureau says that nearly a third of the residents of Detroit and Buffalo live in poverty as the government defines it.  This is such a waste of human potential that both liberals and conservatives agree that Something Should Be Done.

Nobody claims to be pro-poverty, but if you ask for solutions, ideas break down along party lines.  Liberals want to increase taxes to give more to the poor, conservatives want to create opportunities and nudge the poor into jobs by cutting welfare as Pres. Clinton did.

Liberals and conservatives have thundered rhetoric at each other for years, but we finally have some facts.  CNN gave the US Census rankings for cities with the most poverty and showed how long these cities have been run by Democrats:

City Democrat
1 Detroit, MI 1961
2 Buffalo, NY 1954
3 Cincinnati, OH 1984
4 Cleveland, OH 1989
5 Miami, FL forever
6 St. Louis, MO 1949
7 El Paso, TX forever
8 Milwaukee, WI 1908
9 Philadelphia, PA 1952
10 Newark, NJ 1907

Five of our poorest cities have been led by Democrats for more than 45 years.  The two other cities on the list, Miami, FL and El Paso, TX have never had Republican mayors.  Not ever.

Correlation is not Causation

The fact that all of our very poorest cities are run by Democrats doesn’t prove that Democratic policies lead to poverty, but it sure suggests it.  Fortunately, sociologists and economists have studied some of our older cities long enough to figure out what’s going on.  We now know why Democratic policies lead to poverty.

Two Harvard economists described the “Curley Effect,” named after Mayor James Curley of Boston who was elected to Boston’s Board of Aldermen in 1904 despite being in prison on a fraud conviction when the election was held.

Mayor Curley showed Democrats how to win elections by taxing productive people and channeling the proceeds to less well-off groups.  This bought Irish votes.  As taxes went higher, productive citizens who tended to vote Republican fled to the suburbs, which tipped the balance further and further in favor of Democratic candidates.

In cities like Baltimore and Detroit, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 8 to 1 or more.  Is it any wonder that they’ve become single-party cesspools with no hope for change?

The Democrat heartland.

Driving productive citizens away may be good politics but it isn’t good economics.  100 years ago when Henry Ford introduced the Model T, Detroit was the “place to be” for ambitious entrepreneurs.  Tens of thousands of blacks were drawn from the South to fill well-paying jobs in the industrial North.  After years of liberal misrule, Detroit has fallen so far that “black flight” has become common and major parts of the city are turning back into wilderness.

Baltimore hasn’t suffered quite as badly, but it, too, shows the damage done by Democratic policies.  In 1950, Baltimore’s median income was 7% above the national average; in 2011, after 48 years of Democrat misrule, it’s 22% below.

Boston, where the Curley effect originated, was in worse shape in 1980 than Baltimore is now, although it never got as bad as Detroit or Newark.  In 1980, Boston’s population had fallen 30% in the preceding 30 years and its crime rate was higher than Baltimore’s today.  Now, Boston is booming and crime has dropped.

What turned it around?  Did Republicans take over city hall?  Not exactly; state voters trimmed the excess taxes and productive people moved back in.

Massachusetts voters finally had enough and adopted a Proposition which forced Boston to cut taxes by 75%.  Just as California’s Proposition 13 cut taxes enough to revive San Francisco and Oakland, people returned to Boston.  Its population rose 10% since 1980 and its crime rate is now 25% lower than Baltimore’s.

Alas, tax reform seldom comes from within.  In Baltimore’s election last Sept. 13, the incumbent, who’d promised an inconsequential tax cut of 2% spread over 9 years, won re-election just as a classic big-city Democrat won the Mayor’s office in Washington, DC.

Turnarounds in Boston, San Francisco, and Oakland couldn’t come from within because the Democratic political machine had too much muscle after so many years of robbing the cities and driving away affluent voters.  It took statewide initiatives to slash tax rates so that the cities could survive.

Mayor Curley Lives On

These turnarounds happened in spite of the best efforts of the Democratic political machines.  The positive effects of slashing tax rates after years of boosting taxes “to benefit the poor” and the staunch Democrat opposition to such proven common sense demonstrates that the Curley effect is alive and well.

Taxing the productive to buy votes from government employees and the unproductive is good politics – it supported Democratic machines for decades on end – but it wrecks societies where Curley machines become entrenched.  Even though Democrats raise taxes in the name of helping minorities and the less well off, the latest census showed that minorities are leaving high tax states for places with lower taxes and fewer social programs but more jobs.

By the way, the quote about forcing the poor out of poverty which opened this article?  It was from that arch right-winger Benjamin Franklin.

The trouble, as Franklin clearly foresaw, is that most poor folks would rather take government handouts than lift themselves out of poverty.  The heavy lifting of growing up, taking responsibility, and doing it yourself is just too much work for anyone to do it if they don’t have to, as any parent knows.

Democratic policies are society-killers over time.  Let’s hope our voters understand that in 2012.

Will Offensicht is a staff writer for Scragged.com and an internationally published author by a different name.  Read other Scragged.com articles by Will Offensicht or other articles on Economics.







Democrats Are Failing America’s Cities, Voters Beginning to Take Notice

If states are laboratories of democracy, as Justice Louis Brandeis dubbed them, then our cities must be incubators of leadership. On a relatively small scale they allow for insight into how the governing ideas and principles of the political parties actually work in application. And, quite frankly, it gives a stunning insight into what happens when Democrats are allowed to run amok for decades without any meaningful conservative counterbalance.

Take, for instance, a recent article written by Jabari Parker, an NBA basketball player who fled the projects of Chicago to attend Duke University.

“You get used to the crime and, from a young age, you learn how to live with it,” Parker writes for The Players’ Tribune. “You learn what do do during a drive-by: You duck. And you run. I’m not saying all this to be tough, it’s just how things are.”

Quite frankly, things are bad in the Second City. More than 200,000 Chicagoans fled in the 2000s, pushing the city’s population down to a level not seen since 1910. During the recession, Chicago lost 7.1 percent of its jobs, the worst of any of the country’s ten largest metro areas. The city is a fiscal disaster, with $12 billion in underfunded pensions and a structural annual deficit of around $650 million each year. Things are so bad that Moody’s downgraded Chicago’s credit rating to “junk” with a negative outlooks. City officials tried to paper over the problem by raising tax rates. Is of 2011, Chicago residents paid the highest effective sales tax rate of any city studied by the Wall Street Journal. And the city’s famed corruption continues to run rampant. Since 1970, 340 officials in Cook County have been convicted.

These are not the signs of a successful city, yet somehow Chicago has been led exclusively by Democratic mayors since 1931. And we haven’t even gotten to the worst problem of all, the one that worries kids like Jabari Parker, who has seen his hometown grow more violent than even the scary days of his youth. He writes:

It’s only been a few years since I left, but Chicago isn’t the same city anymore. It’s worse. A lot worse.

Nearly 50 schools closed in Chicago in 2013, mostly in neighborhoods like mine, with primarily black students from low-income homes. Now, you might be thinking, Well those kids can just go to other schools. Is it really that big of a deal?

Yes, they can go to other schools, but the real danger is that these kids are now forced to go outside of their neighborhoods and maneuver around unfamiliar territory — some of which is controlled by gangs that are rivals to the ones near their homes. They’ve lost the safety and the insulation that we had from some of the violence because we went to school in our own backyards.

When I was a kid, there was crime and violence, but we could still run around and play. We could live around it. But July was the deadliest month in the city in 10 years.

Now, you’re hearing about kids being caught in crossfires at all hours of the day. Nearly 3,000 people were shot in Chicago last year alone. Already in 2016, there have been over 2,500 victims of gun violence.

Parker goes on to recite the tragic stories of Tamara Morgan, Kavan Collins and Jaylene Bermeo – innocent children who were shot while holding their parents’ hand or coloring on the sidewalk. Sadly, these are just public examples of a growing epidemic.

Which begs the question: Why? Why are cities like Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, and Chicago suffering through disastrous decade after disastrous decade at the hands of Democrat leaders? Why do we let this failed experiment in progressive political hegemony continue with no meaningful opposition? Why don’t the working poor rebel and demand better?

There are hints that Democrat dominance may not last forever. As Thomas Edsall writes for the New York Times:

Beginning with the administration of Lyndon Baines Johnson, African-American voters have provided Democrats with their margin of victory in elections at every level across the nation, year after year.

How have African-American voters been faring over all? Badly. The Democratic debt to black voters is immense, and the party has not paid up. …

These developments suggest that African-Americans living in poor neighborhoods cannot rely on Democratic leaders to take the decisive steps needed to ameliorate the problem as long as the Democratic Party can take the black vote for granted.

The question, then, is how long can Democratic Party leaders and candidates continue to rely on African-American voters before African-American voters take matters into their own hands — just as white working-class Republican voters have done this year.

Of course, for any of this to matter Republicans must be perceived to provide a worthwhile alternative to the problems that plague America’s cities. Republicans, led by Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty agenda, are taking steps toward providing a different, better path for America’s downtrodden. And sadly, it’s a low bar to clear.


December 19, 2017

Here’s the proof: Democrat policies fail

By Rich Logis

Democrat policies are guaranteed to fail, and they have long achieved – and continue to achieve – the statism desired by the vast majority of Democrat voters nationally.

Here are the top 20 cities with the highest murder rates in the U.S., per capita:

Of these, every city except the last one, Tulsa, has a Democrat majority in the mayoralty and City Council/Board of Aldermen.

Here’s the non-fatal shootings top 20.

Notice the overlap of several cities.  The cities on the non-fatal list absent on the murder list are also Democrat-run cities, except for the last one, Jacksonville.

Here are five longtime Democrat empires (all days are consecutive and uninterrupted):

  1. St. Louis: only Democrat mayors; 90% Democrat City Council; 15,000 days.
  2. Baltimore: only Democrat mayors and only Democrat City Council; 18,000 days.
  3. Philadelphia: only Democrat mayors; 90% Democrat City Council; 20,000 days.
  4. Detroit: only Democrat mayors; 90% Democrat City Council; 22,000 days.
  5. And the great Democrat beacon on the hill, Chicago: only Democrat mayors; 90% Democrat City Council; 30,000 days.

The Democrats have ruled Chicago for longer than Stalin ruled the USSR, the Castros in Cuba, and the Kims in North Korea, and for longer than slavery was legal in the U.S.

The great cover-up

These are America’s top 10 most violent cities, according to FBI data.  Violent crimes include homicides, gun violence, gangs, pedophilia, and robberies.

Every city is majority Democrat-controlled.  Several of the cities on the FBI’s list also appear on the murder and non-fatal shootings lists.  Because the FBI’s ranking is per capita, several cities such as Chicago and Newark (only Democrat mayors; 90% City Council; 23,000 days) are absent.

Why hasn’t any of this information been plastered 24/7 across the front pages and television screens of the DMIC – the Democrat Media Industrial Complex?  Why haven’t President Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton, and U.S. senator Bernard Sanders spent even one minute addressing this?

They haven’t because they aid and abet the cover-up by the Democratic Party and the DMIC.  Of all the Democrat and DMIC cover-ups, their indisputably failed policies is their most egregious.

Donald Trump was the only national GOP candidate who attacked this topic; undoubtedly, it helped him in his stunning presidential victory.  Even though he didn’t win cities such as Philadelphia, Detroit, and St. Louis, he did win their respective states.

The issue is never the issue

The Democrat politicians, well versed in the tactics of Rules for Radicals author, Saul Alinsky (from Chicago, naturally), know that easily duped Democrat voters will be convinced into believing that these failures are somehow the fault of everyone except Democrats.

The Democrat “issue” is that more government is necessary, and the police are covert white supremacists prowling the streets to prey upon black men.  I’ll bet you the $1 million Colin Kaepernick is getting for his book deal that he knows not a single piece of data cited in this post.

The actual issue, though, rooted in facts and reality – arch-enemies of Democrats – is that decades of one-party policies have contributed to family breakdowns, career criminals, problems with the police, failing schools, and inter-generational familial poverty.

Those most victimized by these policies, sadly, are our youth.  As they age into adults, too many continue the vicious circle, which goes on and on.

Using the 80-20 principle, and attributing 20% of these cities’ problems to factors outside their municipal lines, ask yourself: are tens of thousands of consecutive days enough time to know if something doesn’t work?  Why is it that the residents of these cities continue to elect the same kind of people over and over again?  So much for “diversity.”

Remove the data from Democrat empires, and our national crime rate is much lower.

Next steps for Americans

Had Clinton been elected in 2016, it would have ushered in the Democrat hegemony over the entire nation, thanks to judicial activists who would have fast-tracked for illegal aliens the right to vote.

The election of President Trump was a vital first step, and it established a blueprint to defeat the Democrats (and the complicit Et Tu, Brute Republicans).  The Democrats will not fight for our youth and our cities.  We must continue taking the fight to them.

Rich Logis is the CEO of Logis Productions, Inc. and author of the upcoming book 10 Warning Signs Your Child is Becoming a Democrat

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