THE NEW AMERICAN MAJORITY
The American underclass and the receivers of Government largess
MEET THE VOTERS FOR “CHANGE”
A Plea from the Church
"Pretty soon the lights won't have to go out for trouble to start. "
—Cherry Crist, Miami welfare mother of six
"If the cities erupt again, we will find no safe place on either side of the barricades."
—James W. Compton, Chicago , Urban League director
WE ASKED FOR IT AND HERE THEY ARE
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
The New Majority
The triumph of idiocy over commonsense
The barricades are seen only fleetingly by most middle-class Americans as they rush by in their cars or commuter trains—doors locked, windows closed, moving fast. But out there is a different world, a place of pock-marked streets, gutted tenements and broken hopes. Affluent people know little and care less about this dark and hopeless world. Except when it erupt explosively onto Page One or the 7 o'clock news! Behind its crumbling walls lives what is to become the ruling majority who are more intractable, more socially alien and more hostile than almost anyone has imagined. They are the un-reachables: the American underclass, the new majority.
The term itself is shocking to many striving, mobile Americans. Long used in class-ridden Europe, then applied to the U.S. by Swedish Economist Gunnar Myrdal and other intellectuals in the 1960s, it has become a rather common description of people who are seen to be stuck more or less permanently at the bottom, removed from the “American dream.” Though a few members come from all races and live in many places, the underclass is made up mostly of impoverished urban blacks who suffer from a lack of intelligence, laziness and a heritage of slavery and discrimination that they use as their excuse to remain inert and miserable.. The universe of the underclass is often a junk heap of rotting housing, broken furniture, crummy food, alcohol and drugs. The underclass has been doubly left behind: by the well-to-do majority and by the many blacks and Hispanics who have struggled up to the middle class, or who remain poor but can see a better day for themselves or their children. Its members are victims and victimizers in the culture of the street hustle, the vicious gangs, quick fixes, the rip-off and, not least, violent crime.
The bleak environment of the hood nurtures values that are at radical odds with those of the shrinking white majority whose ancestors built this remarkable country. The underclass minority produces no contribution to the betterment of civilization. They are responsible for the highly disproportionate number of the nation's juvenile delinquents, school dropouts, drug addicts, welfare mothers, most of the adult crime, family disruption, urban decay. Monsignor Geno Baroni, an assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development said: "The underclass presents our most dangerous crisis, more dangerous than the Depression of 1929, and far more complex."
As long as these people are permitted to participate in the election of our leaders they will vote for increasing benefits which none of them will ever pay for. Once they breed themselves into the dominant voting block and are organized, as Obama has shown, they will form a tyranny of the majority constituting the greatest threat ever to American democracy. With the emergence of Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez and Obama, all elected by disenfranchised majorities, the populist leftist trend is becoming dominant. By promising the mob “more” of the fruits of the labors of the productive citizens- the “populist” tyrant increases his power and appeal- never thinking or caring that he is alienating the source of his ability to pander and curry favor with the great un-washed. With America facing shrinking tax revenues the Feds are running the treasury presses overtime- only serving to dilute further the value of our money. Obama will build more presses and print even more- he has to, he will!
Rampaging members of the underclass carried out much of the orgy of looting and burning that swept New York's ghettos during the blackout. (In all, 55% of the arrested looters were unemployed and 64% had been previously arrested for other offenses.) They are responsible for most of the crime that has spread like an epidemic through the nation. Many members of this subculture are Gang members, looters, arsonists and violent criminals. The underclass is so totally disaffected from the system that even those who would not themselves steal or burn or mug, join in the melee, sometimes even cheering them on. Watts and the aftermath of Katrina are two well publicized examples. “The underclass, said Vernon Jordan, former executive director of the National Urban League, "in a crisis feels no compulsion to abide by the rules of the game because they find that the normal rules do not apply to them."
Their disaffection and alienation is doubly distressing because, up until a few months before recent election, the nation was in a period of slow but steady economic growth, an advance that had created millions of new jobs only to see them lost to the disastrous and anti-American acts of the liberals in our media and Government, helped, in no small way, by the “peoples choice,” obama, in coercing our financial institutions to make what they knew were disastrous loans which have proved to have even more disastrous consequences. For a more descriptive article on the financial debacle, read “Who Screwed You” at www.libs-sitnk.us
Five million toxic loans resulting in foreclosures wiped out at least half the value of all American’s homes and savings…..No fewer than 7 percent of all Americans are now out of work. The underclass remains a nucleus of psychological and material destitution despite years of vacuous civil rights “gains” and more years of wasteful and non- productive anti-poverty programs.
Tens of billions of dollars are spent every year by the Federal Government in many states and cities to eliminate drastic poverty and they have resulted in almost no measurable benefits. How many times is it necessary to point out that while one can lead the proverbial horse to the water one cannot force him to drink? The American underclass has thousands of years of history in doing as little as possible to survive and they, as a group, show little capability or interest to learn despite the many ridiculous so-called re-education programs.
Special hiring drives, private job-training programs, university scholarships and affirmative-action programs are aimed at aiding the un-motivated poor. Yet by most of society's measures, job prospects, housing, education, physical security, the underclass is hardly better off, and in some cases worse off, than before the absurd and costly ‘Wars on Poverty.”-another way of white ( and black) pols trying to ingratiate themselves with, and buy the votes of, the underclass while using the white taxpayer’s money to do so.
This “war,” of course, has been lost. Due to “manipulated” statistics, The proportion of the nation “officially” listed as living in poverty has dropped since 1959 from 22% to 12%. Actual figures indicate that the reverse is true and that the underclass of under achievers and those receiving local, state or federal aid has increased tremendously. Counting the 20 million or so Mexicans and other criminal Latinos the number is likely in the 30% range. No one really knows.
One of America's greatest failures has been the so-called the rise of many blacks to the middle class. That they did this using affirmative action government handouts and sustain their economic status on the backs of the white taxpayers is not to be discussed.
Today, it is guessed that 44% of black families earn less than $30,000 a year. Fifty percent of blacks fail to graduate from high school and less than 5% go on graduate college. Though some so-called “discrimination” persists, more and more non-whites are seen in at least the “junior management ranks of banks” and other businesses where they helped to precipitate our latest financial debacle. Of course, blacks are overly represented in the military and other government agencies, where, once in management positions, they tend to hire other minorities, thus gradually diminishing the capabilities of the agencies.
New opportunities have splintered the non-white population. The very few brightest and most ambitious have rapidly risen, leaving the underclass farther and farther behind—and more and more angry. They want what they see as their due, more entitlements, more of the white taxpayer’s money and many liberal self- serving politicians are willing to give it to them…..
According to the libs, the number of blacks earning more than $30,000 ( since they don’t submit taxes and have no reportable jobs, no one knows how these figures are obtained) is expanding and the number earning $50,000 to $100,000 is also growing. Almost a third of all black families are still below the poverty line, defined (by God knows who) as $30,000 for an urban family of four (only 5.9% of white families are below the line). Harvard Sociologist David Riesman said: "The awareness that many blacks have been successful means that the underclass is more resentful and more defiant because its alibi isn't there." Now with the black Messiah, they have no excuse at all………
Others echo those sentiments in gutsier language. Said Naomi Chambers, a black Detroit social worker- "Now that some black people have cars, dresses and shoes, there is jealousy. Jealousy can make me hate you and take what you have." Indeed, the thousands of blacks who looted during the New York blackout, Watts and Katrina were totally nondiscriminatory, emptying out stores owned by blacks and whites alike. There is a strong feeling among social experts and politicians, both black and white, that much the same rampage could have struck any U.S. city in similar circumstances—and that next time it will be worse. Imagine when Obama is assassinated, Luis Farrakhan’s “black messiah,” the streets will run red with white blood! Kind of boggles the mind doesn’t it? Since the Irish and Vegas odds makers are betting on Obama’s assassination- better keep your power dry!
Concerned officials from the White House to the humblest city hall are grappling with questions about the underclass. How big is it? Who is in it? What motivates its members? Most importantly, how can this minority within a minority be reduced? To be frank and accurate, everyone who voted for Obama along with the so called underclass, can be included in the gang who voted to destroy America- not realizing that the days of easy money are coming to end and likely faster than otherwise. Millions of white American’s are moving themselves and their money offshore just as did American industry, beginning several years ago, out of the reach and hands of the fuzzy minded libs who would only use it to further their socialist agenda. The country today is separated by hatreds and differences far greater than existed even during the American Civil war.
For a very few of the deprived, poverty is a transitory condition that can be overcome by education, ambition or the sheer refusal to stay down. A few of the unemployed are only temporarily out of jobs; more than 86% have been unemployed for less than 26 weeks. The underclass, by contrast, is made up of people who lack the schooling, skills and discipline to advance, and who have succumbed to helplessness, a feeling of being beaten. They are truly the unemployables- Les Miserables. Many members of the underclass come from the ranks of the millions who are listed as unemployable and "discouraged" because they have no skills and are unable to find even menial work- not that they are even looking or have looked in years……As long as the libs continue to trade basic sustenance for votes- nothing in this equation is likely to change…..
To that number can be added the entrenched black and Latino welfare mothers, dropping more squalling kids with gay abandon every year….. At least 10 million of these Obama voters have been identified. Then there are their many children, millions of ignorant kids, growing up without a heritage of working skills or of employed society's values. In addition, many of the chronically unemployed in the 18-to-25 age group have had—and will have—a desperate time landing and keeping regular jobs. Allowing for the overlaps in those groups, the underclass and the Obama voters must number at least 30 million to 40 million-perhaps even more. Socialism is definitely here and has been for some time…..
Though this subculture is predominantly black, many Hispanics and more than a few poor whites belong to the socialist underclass. Examples are the Chicanos of the Los Angeles slums, the Puerto Ricans of Spanish Harlem. 55% of the nation's blacks, v. 49% of the Spanish-speaking minorities still live in the mostly depressed areas of central cities.
The black concentration in the cities seems fated only to increase because the birth rate among blacks is 51% higher than among whites and that’s where the welfare offices are. There are other reasons for continuing concentration: lingering discrimination on the part of the soon to be white minority. The white taxpayers have nothing in common with the underclass. They can’t speak in “Ebonics and have no interests in common. Sitting on front steps in the hood, carjacking and flogging drugs are not areas of interest to white taxpayers. This stems from a lack of a cultural motivation, crippling absence of education, training and opportunity among the black and Latino minority who are actually more motivated to receive Government handouts than the idea of becoming educated and earning a living.
It is the non-existence of family structure, the presence of competing jungle and gang street values, and the lack of hope amidst the soon to vanish white affluence, that make the American underclass unique among the world's poor. TIME’s past Atlanta Bureau Chief Rudolph Rauch, a liberal socialist, who had been stationed in Latin America wrote; "Almost anyone who has lived in or near the crowded barrios of South America knows that looting on the scale that occurred in New York could almost never happen there- and not because the army would be standing by to shoot looters. Family structure has not yet broken down in South America, nor has the idea of a neighborhood. A child there usually feels that he lives in both.. By contrast, in a U.S. urban ghetto, he knows that he belongs to neither."
TIME Chicago Correspondent Robert Wurmstedt, once a liberal Peace Corps volunteer, reported: "The poverty in the black and Puerto Rican neighborhoods on the West Side of Chicago is worse than any poverty I saw in West Africa. The people in Africa, in the tribal communities, are guided by traditional values. They do not live in constant fear of violence, vermin and fire. You don't find the same sense of desperation and hopelessness you find in the American ghetto." The underclass is made up of people who lack the schooling, skills and discipline to advance, and who have succumbed to helplessness—a feeling of being beaten. Of course, this was before the “Hutises and Tutises” started chopping each other up!
Long-term unemployment is a factor. Many members of the underclass come from the ranks of the 20 + million who are listed as "discouraged" because they have given up even looking for jobs and most are unqualified for any of the increasingly technical work available. To that number can be added the entrenched welfare mothers. Then there are their many children, a few million kids growing up without working skills or social values. Many of the chronically unemployed in the 18-to-25 age group have had—and will have—a desperate time landing and keeping their first regular jobs- they are a portion of the 40 million who are receiving welfare. Allowing for the overlaps in those groups, the underclass must number at least 40 million to 48 million Americans- counting the 20 million illegal’s and other Latinos, even 50 million.
Hopelessness is at home in a fetid ghetto flat, where children make morbid sport of chasing cockroaches or dodging rats. There may never be hot water for bathing or a working bathtub to put it in—or any other functioning plumbing. Under these conditions, afflictions such as lead poisoning (from eating flaking paint) and severe influenza are common. Siblings often sleep together in the same bed, separated by a thin wall or a blanket from parents (though frequently there is no man around). Streets are unsafe to walk at night—and, often, so are the buildings. Nobody dies of starvation but many are malnourished on a diet of hot dogs, Twinkies, Fritos, soda pop and, in rare cases, whatever can be fished out of the garbage can. Alcoholism abounds; crack, meth and heroin are favorite routes of revenue and escape. Another road to fantasy is the TV set. On it dance the images of the good life in middle-class America, visions that inspire envy and frustration.
Strutting pimps, pushers and gang members are often the local heroes and the successful role models for the kids. Schooling is frequently a sick joke: teachers conduct holding operations in the classroom, while gang leaders instruct. Inordinate numbers of the black young drop out of school before graduation, landing on street corners unskilled, undisciplined and barely literate. Those who finish high school are not much better off. Says Richard McNish, director of a manpower training program in Los Angeles' Watts neighborhood: "Kids aren't required to produce to get a diploma. Nothing is required except to be cool and not try to kill the teacher. They don't know how to read and write."
Portraits from a gallery of despair: In Brooklyn's grimy Bedford-Stuyvesant ghetto, a welfare mother surveys her $195-a-month tenement apartment, an unheated, vermin-ridden urban swamp. The bathroom ceiling and sink drip water on the cracked linoleum floor. There are no lights, no locks on the doors. Disheveled and 35, the woman has been on welfare ever since her five-year-old son was born. She joined in the looting during July's traumatic blackout, and calls the episode "convenient. We saw our chance and we took it." Now she also worries: "We don't have any place to shop any more." ( Duh, really?)
In Boston, Ana C., a Hispanic and a mother of seven, speaks no English and has no marketable skills. She draws $294 monthly from welfare. To this she adds the profits from selling heroin at $30 a "spoon" (dose). Ana disapproves of the drug, realizes that it is a major cause of street crime. Yet she rationalizes: "I didn't know how to put food on my table, buy clothes for the children and still pay my $95 rent and the gas bills."
In Watts, a wine-sipping ex-con in his 30s keeps vigil on his doorstep, staring at a cluster of shabby apartments across the street. "I've been looking for a job since I got out of the penitentiary " he says in a monotone. "I tried to get a job in the CETA, a Federal Comprehensive Employment and Training program. They told me that if I don't have a telephone I can't get hired." He points at a chain-link fence around the neighboring apartments. "They put up those fences to show the people what they're getting ready for. They have two fences around the penitentiary."
In Harlem, Donald Williams, 29, an ex-junkie, scuffs the streets of New York City as a panhandler. A former student at North Carolina Central University, he says that he was thrown out because he took part in a student demonstration. Williams' lament: "My values are gone. You're looking at a weird dude, a dude on the borderline of insanity. Every day, it doesn't seem to get better—only worse."
In Chicago, hundreds of unemployed young blacks mill on the street where Albirtha Young, 39, lives with her completely welfare-supported family—twelve people in all. "I didn't want to pick cotton all my life," she says, explaining her move to the city's West Side from Mississippi nine years ago. She brought two children North, now has four more—along with two left to her care by an aunt, plus two younger brothers and a sister to tend. The extended family lives in a two-story frame house bracketed by vacant lots, gutted houses and apartment buildings.
Albirtha has not held a job since 1998. One reason: her wage would be less than her $420.60 monthly welfare payment plus the $298.80 she receives in Social Security survivors' benefits—and she would have to pay the cost of a baby sitter besides. Says she: "It's no easy job just sitting here from one year to the next doing nothing." She collects aid to dependant families, food stamps, subsisted housing, free medical clinics and receives funds fro several other sources. The kids sell drugs and the oldest has been arrested for car jacking white women, served time and today runs a string of teenage prostitutes. Albirtha is completely stung out on crack and the kids use meth- none of them can hold a coherent conversation and have highly shortened attention spans- none of them attend school. Where’s the truant officer, you ask? You’ve got to be kidding…..
From the ghetto comes a hesitant and mostly mute cry for jobs. The unemployment rate among blacks is 53.2%, v. 6.1% among whites. The rate for black teenagers is 65%, v. 14.3% for whites. A generation of young people is moving into its 20s—the family-forming years—without knowing how to work, and having none of the skills required for employment in the information age. Most have no really pressing need to work. As long as there’s money for food and drugs and Uncle Sam keeps ringing the dinner bell, why work?
To those who have had menial jobs, the current recession is a severe blow. Non-whites are laid off at nearly twice the rate of whites (the unemployment rate for urban uneducated blacks grew from 30.4% in 1974 to 55.7% in 1975). Since, blacks are called back to work more slowly, some who had begun to struggle out of the underclass were abruptly thrown back. The underclass has been hurt by the flight of manufacturing firms - many requiring only semiskilled or even unskilled labor. Since 1969 Chicago has lost 512,000 jobs, while its suburbs have gained 220,000; in the same period, New York City has lost 850,000 jobs. From 1970 to 1975, 248 manufacturing plants left Detroit, including branches of the 26 largest local companies. Urban centers continue to try to tax companies and productive people in order to, what’s the phrase, “share the wealth.” As the taxing authorities begin feeling the pinch their rapacious greed and desire to sacrifice the taxpayer’s money to promote their bloated bureaucracies and maintain themselves in power, more and more companies and individuals have voted with their feet and moved to escape the increasing burden.
"Poor blacks and other inhabitants of the “hood” generally don't have mobility," says Roger Fox, an executive of the Chicago Urban League. "They just can't pick up and move on to where there are jobs." Among the many reasons: high rents in the suburbs (even compared with the extortionate sums charged by many slumlords), lack of cars and mass transit, and the common sense resistance of many communities to low-income housing and having criminals and drug using scum moving into their neighborhoods. Margie Figueroa, 21, typifies the problem. She had to commute two hours each way, on three buses and a train, from Chicago's Humboldt Park barrio to her job as a maid at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near O'Hare International Airport. The effort was too much; she quit, and remains unemployed. On welfare, food stamps and extended benefits……….all paid for by the American taxpayer- a increasingly rare and soon to be extinct species of jackass……..
By default, the underclass economy is a 99% welfare supported economy. Nonwhites received 87% of the $30.4 billion in federal and state welfare payments last year. Blacks make up no less than 64.3% of enrollees in the $20.3 billion Aid to Families with Dependent Children program (AFDC)—21.5 million welfare mothers. Welfare dependency means that for many members of the underclass, the concepts of income and jobs are barely related, if at all. Says Michael Lemmons, 17, who is earning $2.50 an hour this summer as a janitor's assistant in a Watts federal manpower program: "If you keep giving people stuff, that's why they loot when the lights go out. Working is out of their minds. They think everything must be taken."
For many women in the underclass, welfare has turned illegitimate pregnancy into a virtual career. Says Barbara Wright, a welfare mother of ten in Brooklyn: Lotsa us in d’ ghetto believe dat d’ way to get sumptin, clos and smack,n’such, be by getten mo kids n gett’n mo welfare." One Harlem hustler makes the all-too-typical rationalization: "Everybody steals. Politicians steal. What's the use to bust my ass from 9 to 5 to get $100 a week?" Kind of proves the old adage that “s- - t runs down hill doesn’t it?
Of course, although millions do feel that way, in Harlem, a few youths besieged city manpower offices to sign on as cleaners-up (at $30 a day) plus benefits. After last month's looting episode, in Chicago, nearly 20 applicants, most of them black teenagers, lined up to apply for some 300 jobs at a new South Side supermarket.
More minimum wage jobs, of course, are not the solution for American welfare underclass. Not only economically, but also psychologically and culturally these people are not disposed or equipped either culturally, intellectually or academically to hold any kind of job outside of pushing a broom. In the world's most achievement-oriented society, work is more than a source of income. It is also a source of status and self-esteem, a point of identification with the system, and a second social environment, which aids in diffusing the accumulated tensions of day-to-day life.
Says Stanford University Historian Clay Carson, a half white black: "Permanency of jobs, stability in an economic situation, is important. Even if someone is only a janitor, his job still means stability." On the basis of studies, he adds: "Typically, those who can get established with a job in an urban environment can pass this stability on to their kids. Those who can't, the vast majority, are likely to pass on more than just poverty. They also transmit poor educational opportunities and a sense of hopelessness." This is the legacy of the last 50 years of liberalism- giving away the minimum means of substance to pander for votes and curry political favor has resulted in generations of useless millions who neither want to nor are capable of performing any kind of even menial work. Thank the Democratic Party for the destruction of America.
In attacking the basic problem of job creation, the first sound step is to recognize that the Government cannot and should not try to do it all. Given the public's dismay with inflation and high taxes, there is nothing close to the political consensus that would be needed to support the raucous liberal cries for massive job programs or a "Marshall Plan for the cities." Despite some minimal and successes, Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty is too well remembered as one in which benefits often trickled up to the so-called “poverticians”—the programmers, social workers and professional “Blacks”-people like Obama, ACORN and other suppliers to the needy. Any massive program to stimulate the whole economy, in an attempt to bring down unemployment rapidly, would only give a rocket boost to inflation. The primary victim would be the underclass. Watch the Obama plan to create 2.5 million new jobs among the underclass carefully and if you possibly can, take your money out of dollars and escape the country while you still can.
There is no all-embracing solution, at any price, for the complex malaise of the millions in the underclass and welfare recipients. It would be more realistic—and much less inflationary—to press for a mix of endeavors, in which the Government would reorder some social spending and new efforts would be made by private business and by members of the underclass themselves.
A most crying long-range but impossible need is to improve public education. As the poorest of the poor have massively inundated inner-city (day time prisons) schools, it has been easier for educators to concede the trappings of success—passing meaningless grades, graduating diplomas—than to teach the skills necessary for living and working. Ghetto school officials need to enforce their lax truancy rules, putting pressure on the parents ( if they could find them) to insist that their children attend, and need to concentrate rigorously on the reading, writing and math skills required to get ahead in an advanced industrial society. Of course, what they don’t talk about is that the kids stoned on meth and crack and having inherited minimal intellectual capability, can’t learn anything in any case. That’s why it’s impossible.
Stopping the Dropout Exodus
One effective program is New York City's Auxiliary Services for High Schools. Started in 1969 by Educator Seymour Weissman, it is aimed at hard-core dropouts, problem students and those suspended from the school system, who become disillusioned out on the streets and volunteer to return to school. These are only those too weak or dumb to join effective gangs or succeed in other methods of street crime.
Most are age 12 to 21. Says Weissman: "The traditional high school used to have gym, shop, sports teams, music, drivers ed and home economics . Today, none of these programs exist and haven’t for years. There’s no money for one thing and there’s no one who could or want to even try to teach these subjects to inner city ghetto kids. Geography and history are no longer taught. Home rooms don’t have world maps and, in most cases, the students don’t speak or read English and none of the texts are written in Ebonics or Spanish- not yet!
For these kids, it is more important to learn how to stay out of jail or prison and remain on the street where the money is than it is to waste their time learning the basics of language math and reading. In a very few urban schools the students are not promoted unless they are qualified. Discipline is strict, work is closely supervised, but at the same time an important goal is to instill self-reliant attitudes. Of course most of the kids who started out at these schools were thrown out for misbehavior, leaving only the small minority capable of and motivated to learn.
Says Julian Washington, a program's assistant coordinator at one of these schools: "A lot of the youngsters, especially blacks, have a deserved and negative self-image. We try to make some of them believe in self-esteem and in getting a new and positive image of themselves." Some 14,000 students participate in the program each year, and about 2,000 pass the New York State high school equivalency test; better than 20% of these former dropouts go on to college but few actually graduate. Though small in national terms, the program could possibly be successfully expanded and imitated elsewhere.
The underclass would also be better served by tougher law enforcement in the ghettos and swift and sure justice for offenders. Some of the reasons: 1) to suppress the near anarchic violence on many ghetto streets that terrorizes the underclass and leads some to believe that they too can be a law unto themselves; 2) to give the law-abiding poor a better chance in their increasingly hostile environment; 3) to motivate businessmen to return to the inner city.
Local governments also have to work harder to recruit minority members for their police forces so that the cops are not viewed as occupying armies but as servants of the vast majority of law-abiding citizens in the underclass. None of these worthy goals are remotely plausible or possible. No one in their right mind is going to set up a new business in any black ghetto and none of the cops live in them and few have any interest in even entering them. Force is often required in these areas and violence is the norm. After the good citizen with the video camera made Rodney King (or his lawyer) rich and the white cops wound up in prison for doing their jobs, you can imagine that no white cop wants anything to do with law enforcement in black areas.
The cost—for more police, judges and jails—will be unbelievably high and of course, like improving the schools, impossible. Few of the police who might be assigned to these areas have experience in dirty and dangerous ghettos and none would remain long enough to gain any understanding or be effective- except to bash and shoot the huge numbers of criminals and dangerous gang members who rule these areas. A serious attack on ghetto crime could drive a wedge between the very few of the poor who are struggling to get ahead and the vast majority who are preying upon them and society in general. To be fair- it would take all out martial law in most of these gang ruled areas to have any effect. The army would have to search every apartment, confiscating weapons and shooting or arresting all the gang members of which there are thousands. Permanent garrisons in every neighborhood would be needed and it would take years to show any meaningful effect. Let’s face it- this isn’t going to happen any time soon- Obama or not!
There is also a need to tear down, or at least lower, the many barriers to employment that confront the unskilled, the unlettered and the immobile. One obvious bar is the overly strict and exclusionary union apprenticeship rules. They should be relaxed-despite the howls certain to come from trade unionists. Of course, that is highly unrealistic since each year, with technological advances, the mostly white and productive segments of society distance itself from the unskilled and the likelihood of jobs for the ignorant and intellectually disadvantaged only further diminishes. Even garbage trucks today only need one driver and robots are increasingly performing many of the menial tasks that used to provide at least some work for the useless scum inhabiting American’s rotten inner cities. What we have here is pure Pogoisim- “ I have seen the enemy and he is me.”
A still more controversial barrier to employment is the minimum-wage law. Now something like $6.55 an hour, the minimum will probably be raised by Congress to $10.00 under Obama. Of course, the thin talents of most members of the underclass—particularly the unskilled young are not worth that much off the street. Employers have to hire someone who shows more evident promise of further promotion—or not hire at all.
The minimum wage, says Sociologist Riesman, is the product of "an alliance of the better situated labor unions with the liberals against the deprived and the elderly, whom people would otherwise employ for household or for city work that now doesn't get done." Adds Stanford University Labor Economist Thomas Sowell, a black realist and anti-obama conservative: "Talk about people being unemployable is just so much rubbish. Everybody is unemployable at one wage rate, and everybody is employable at another." Perhaps, not quite everybody. In a free economy, there will always be people who lack the skills ,discipline or motivation to work.
There is always some work that needs doing- cleaning up parks, repairing abandoned buildings, taking part in the planned Obama public work programs. Of course, this is all patently silly. What Sowell failed to grasp or purposely overlooked, is that technology marches on and none of the many millions of the underclass who will soon, if not already, be the majority class, are suited for any kind of intellectual work and the dearth of physical jobs is rapidly disappearing. If nobama does try to hire 2.5 million of these wretches and put them to work in public infrastructure repair and re-building programs like roads and bridges, he will soon find that most of them are so unskilled, ignorant and unmotivated that the foreman will be unable to get anything accomplished at all. These jobs demand workers who can handle heavy equipment, follow blueprints and show up on time- none of the millions he wants to employ can do any of these things…… Imagine some wog with a gold grill, dreadlocks and 50 lbs of shiny chains pushing a wheelbarrow and you’ll get the idea…….. J not gona happen!
Government Jobs Looking Better
The Federal Job Machine
Congress has been considering a proposal to reduce the minimum wage for all teen-agers to 75% of the adult minimum, but that might just inspire employers to hire well-schooled middle-class youth at the expense of older workers. ( y’think?) A better compromise, suggested by Harvard Economist Martin Feldstein, (another Obama supporter) would be for the Government to subsidize minimum-wage payments to the youthful unemployed. Directed specifically at the underclass, the program would allow businessmen to pay a fraction of the cost for jobs that they might otherwise refuse to fill. Another stupid Government investment would be to shift federal funds to more and better mass transit, which, beyond all its supposed benefit to the environment, would give the underclass access to all some new job opportunities in the suburbs. Just what the people living in the suburbs moved there to get away from- marauding gangs of ghetto youth able to cheaply and conveniently prey on distant suburbs. See how the laws of unintended consequences work? J
By vastly increasing the federal budget, the Government has today, after 50 years, over 700 new agencies employing over 18 million happy little democratic vampires sucking the life blood of honest profit making taxpayers. In 1998, for every tax dollar sent to Washington from the Midwestern and southern states, $260 returned; the Northeastern states, the so called blue and bankrupt states with the heaviest concentration of urban blacks and Latinos got back $1860. The South collected $1.14 and the rest averaged about $1.20.
President Carter, arguably the worst president in America’s history (until now) tried to strike at the root of one debilitating problem by proposing his failed "pro-family, pro-work" welfare reform bill, which aimed to get people off the dole and encourage them to work by offering cash grants to the so-called working poor, it encouraged underclass male (semen donors) fathers to stay in the home instead of leaving so that their families can collect more welfare. The plan offered yet even more tax money for those who found jobs in the private sector instead of public service. For those who cannot find anything, it stupidly proposed to create a phony job program of 1.4 million positions in training programs and service jobs such as assisting teachers, providing child care, controlling rats and escorting the aged in high-crime areas. I particularly like the rat controllers- what a job……chasing intelligent rodents through the sewers- pitting the minds of the ghetto gang-bangers against those of clever overgrown mice.
In all, the tax incentives and jobs provisions would have cost $13.2 billion in Carters day and over $700 billion if tried today. They would raise the Federal Government's overall entitlement and welfare bill (now including cash payments, food stamps, universal health care, etc.) from $28.9 billion as it was then to at least $2 to 3 trillion and maybe more. To the progressive super libs, the investment seems well worth the price- funny thing is that they are never the ones who have to pay. Guys like Noam Chomsky and Richard Reich along with Pelosi, Ried and Obama are well insulated.
The Federal Government this year will also spend about $43 billion on a bewildering variety of employment and training programs that are designed tol benefit an estimated 25 million people. Washington finances, among other things, 7,725,000 public service jobs in state and local governments, public works construction in depressed areas, and Job Corps residential training centers. Some programs are merely cosmetic; for example, the Administration's summer-job projects for 1.8 million kids are designed mainly to pay the little vermin to keep them from flogging crack and mugging little old ladies during vacation. To see a list of the federal agencies that have been created by the Liberals, visit www.libs-stink.us. I guarantee that you won’t believe it and will likely become incensed when you see the pages listing these bloody agencies and programs- each with fully staffed offices many in every city- all being paid for with little green checks that come from your pocket. 20 percent of all employed Americans today receive their monthly income entirely from state local or federal sources. That means that out of a gainfully employed work force of 160 odd million, about 32 million are being supported entirely by the remainder. Compare this to the 1.4 million government employees in 1950.
With costs per participant that range from $2000 to $5,000, (all taxpayers money) the government training programs have been widely and correctly criticized as boondoggles. The Congressional Budget Office did conclude that a few graduates boosted their annual incomes by 5% to 15%. Most of the programs are administered without close federal supervision by 1446 local governments and Washington knows little about their effectiveness. Said Sar Levitan, director of George Washington University's Center for Social Policy Studies: "You end up throwing money away without anyone really knowing what happening." At their best, the federal programs have room for only a fraction of the underclass, and most are designed for fairly experienced workers or the motivated poor. (a class that, so far, has been found to be mostly nonexistent)
Some training programs might work better if private business had a hand in designing and managing them. Perhaps businessmen, who as a class are effective at solving problems and getting things done, ( unlike any Government employee or agency) could bid on projects to raze and rebuild sections of the underclass ghettos, providing shops, industries and services on a viable model and ultimately a profit making basis. Of course, where to move these bums when you tear down their hovels has yet to be considered- good luck!
Business could also take over much of the job training now carried out in government centers under federal programs and probably do it better and cheaper and maybe even profitably.( gee, y’think?) Tax incentives, for example, could be designed to reward employers who hire the long-term unemployed and show results in upgrading their skills. Certainly, government-supported jobs of any kind are only a first, temporary step in lifting the underclass; the real solution is for the wretched rascals to get out of bed, go to school, pay attention, learn ( among other things) to speak English, stop raping, pillaging, robbing and drugging and then go out and find a job. How utterly stupid to say something like this. None of them are at all interested or capable of studying and finding a job and by the time any of them actually learned anything the requirements of industry would have advanced again out of their reach. Look, it’s hard enough for the relatively well educated to keep up with many job requirements and continued learning programs. Imagine some ignorant ghetto black gang banger learning how to use word perfect on a 1990 government supplied PC running office 95. it would take him years and then what? He’d still be even more years behind………
To help prepare them for jobs, government and private money have already come together in some discouraging projects. One of them, financed in part by the Ford Foundation and in part by the welfare payments of participants themselves, was called ‘Supported Work’, which failed but was aimed at longtime welfare mothers, ex-drug addicts and ex-convicts in 13 cities. The program started in New York City in 1972, and spread to Atlanta and Oakland, Calif.. Today now the program is long defunct having made zero difference anywhere.
Another marginally more successful project was called the Maverick Corp., which ran a tire-recapping operation in Hartford, Conn. Maverick employed 350 ghetto dwellers, including 100 people age 17 to 20. Typically, a worker was offered $2.50 an hour, and told that whoever shows up punctually will get $2.67 instead. Anyone who is so much as one minute late loses the bonus for the entire week.'" Morale was supposed to be high, and in its last year 85 workers moved on to private jobs. Said Maverick President Dan MacKinnon: "Of that group, 25% have lost their jobs. That doesn't make me feel very good, but one thing I'm sure of is that 100% of them would not even have got their foot in the door had they not built up a work record with Maverick."
More black leaders are beginning to make the point that in spite of the continuing racism that is still a barrier to opportunities; the underclass must help itself out of its morass. In his pulpit style, Chicago's ace race baiter, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, head of the Operation PUSH self-help group, says: "It is bad to be in the slum, but it is worse when the slum is in you. The spiritual slum is the ultimate tragedy. The victimizer is responsible for us being down, but the victim is responsible for us not getting up." Jackson has called for neighborhood volunteers to replace police in patrolling ghetto schools and street corners, has launched a drive for black parents to monitor strictly their children's homework. I hated to break the news to ol’e rev Jessie but he’s a little out of touch. Most of the kids don’t have any parents and if they do they can’t read either and, homework, as we know it, in the inner city schools doesn’t exist because the schools don’t let the little delinquents take the text books home. Jessie did urge that voter registration cards be handed to each high school graduate along with a diploma. Says he: "Nobody will save us from us but us." He succeeded with the voter registration with the assistance of the Black caucus in Congress and their white lib pals passing the motor voter law but failed completely in doing anything to curb crime in the inner cities.
Nothing has yet replaced individual incentive in U.S. society and nothing ever will. But more than a century ago, Nathaniel Hawthorne observed: "In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of social life, somebody is always at the drowning point." Ever since then, successive generations of aspiring Americans have lifted themselves well above that despairing level.
The underclass will find this harder to do given their heritage and damaged gene pool. Encouraging incentive in the underclass, and overcoming the barriers of racism could well take forever. The entire society, business, government and ordinary citizens will have to chip away at the problems. The alternative to progress would be more desperation, hostility, violence and disaffection within the underclass. That is something even the world's wealthiest country is finding difficult if not impossible to afford. Of course, now that the Liberals who, over the last 50 years, having wormed their way into every level of the media, education and government, have taken full control of the country with their fearless black leader, America is no longer that wealthy country and, in fact, may pass into oblivion as the sole world leader. We soon won’t have any money to support their silly guilt ridden programs that persistently and unsuccessfully try to make a silk purse from the proverbable sow’s ear.
The Bell Curve, a controversial, best-selling 1994 book by Harvard psychologist Richard J. Herrnstein and American Enterprise Institute political scientist Charles Murray, points out that intelligence is a reliable predictor of many factors including financial income, job performance, unwed pregnancy, and crime than parents' socioeconomic status or education level.
The book argues that those with higher intelligence, which the authors call the "cognitive elite", are becoming gradually separated from the general population of those with average and below-average intelligence and that this is a clear social trend. Much of the controversy concerned Chapters 13 and 14, in which the authors wrote about the enduring racial differences in intelligence and discuss the implications of those differences. The authors were reported throughout the popular press as arguing that these IQ differences are demonstrably genetic, and they did indeed write in chapter 13 "It seems highly likely to us that both genes and the environment have everything to do with racial differences." The success of those blacks who have had white parents like Obama and many others seem to well prove the argument.
America will always have a huge and growing underclass. The whites cannot save them and, like a struggling life guard pulled to his death by a drowning swimmer, the white society will eventually, if indeed it has not already, perish. The only practical alternative is to split the country. One side, the Blue states with all their beloved welfare recipients, government programs, liberals, socialists, homosexuals, perverts, criminals, gang bangers, social misfits, atheists, illegal aliens and fellow travelers, can go its own way into oblivion and the other, the Red United States of America, with Joe the Plumber, the conservatives and most of the educated and hard working entrepreneurs and patriots, will live and prosper and stop forever sending our money to the liberals in Washington. We will keep our guns and money and let them keep “The Change.!”
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