Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What Came First: The Poverty or The Democrat?

City, State AND % of People below the Poverty Level
1. Detroit, MI 32.5%

2. Buffalo, NY 29.9%

3. Cincinnati, OH 27.8%

4. Cleveland, OH 27.0%

5. Miami, FL 26.9%

5. St. Louis, MO 26.8%

7. El Paso, TX 26.4%

8. Milwaukee, WI 26.2%

9. Philadelphia, PA 25.1%

10. Newark, NJ 24.2% (U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007)

What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961;
Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn't elected one since 1954;
Cincinnati, OH (3rd)...since 1984;
Cleveland, OH (4th)...since 1989;
Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor;
St. Louis, MO (6th)...since 1949;
El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor;
Milwaukee, WI (8th)...since 1908;
Philadelphia, PA (9th)...since 1952;
Newark, NJ (10th)...since 1907. (source)

There should be a campaign to bring political science back into the classroom (because it's obviously NOT there now). It's bad enough that we only have two parties...but when there is only one that retains power for too long...it can only mean rampant corruption and a lose-lose situation for the people. It's a shame so many in this country have no idea how our political system works and vote down union racial lines.

We live in a country where Marion Barry and John Street can be reelected. *sigh*

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