Poverty Party

When will the nation realize that Democrats are in the poverty business? Guess who is in charge of the cities (over 250,000 in population) with the highest poverty rates in the country.
  • 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.
The truth is that Democrats are the poverty party, and they control the schools and education policy that assure that minorities can't get the education they need to pull themselves up.
Given their impressive record with urban kids, many cities are hungry for the schools. New York City, now with four, aspires to have nine by 2012. Washington, also at four, wants 10 by then. New Orleans, with five, is pursuing five more by 2012.
Who would vote for Democrats if there weren't big cities packed with poor people who'd been duped into thinking that Dems were helping them? Consider the challenge of opening a Kipp Academy charter school in Massachusetts cities.
...there are none in Boston. Nor are there plans for any. "With your charter cap, we can't expand in cities like Boston," said KIPP CEO Richard Barth.
Why? Simple. I'm talking here about KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) charter schools - and Boston is bumping up against the state's charter cap.
Why is there a Charter Cap in Massachusetts, that sets limits on the number of kids who can be going to high performing schools? Democrats, such as Governor Deval Patrick, sell out to the demands of the teachers unions rather than the demands of fighting poverty. Leftist Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh called them out on it this week.
Unions, after all, are more concerned with what works for their members than what's best for kids. Certainly in its long campaign against pilot schools, the BTU has demonstrated that it would rather squelch educational experiments than change to compete with them.
Somehow, we have to break the conspiracy to keep kids in poverty that the unions and democrats are engaged in.
So far, both Menino and Patrick have been far too indulgent of that union mentality.
Somehow, we have to break the hold that Democrats have on our cities.