It’s election time and the people will be going out to vote and unfortunately when it comes to political leadership there really are only two choices. By and large when people vote they choose which one they view as better (or choosing the lesser of the two evils). Although I am no fan of today’s Republican party it’s hard for me to see how today’s Democratic party is better for the middle class. One of the things that Hannity (and others) often bring up is the state of the inner cites across America, which are overwhelmingly run by Democrats and in many cases for 50 + years:
“Using U.S. cities with a population over 100,000 and the most recent FBI statistics on violent crime, USA Today formulated a list of the top ten most dangerous cities in America. Of these ten, eight are currently run by Democratic mayors and city councils, and two are controlled by Independents. Of the past ten mayors of each of the three most violent cities in America — Birmingham , Detroit, and St. Louis — eight have been Democrats. All told, the three most violent cities in this country have been under nearly uninterrupted Democratic control for more than half a century. With violent crime rates exceeding 1,400 incidents per 100,000 citizens in each of these cities…. Admittedly, it is difficult to identify a significant correlation using only one criteria. However, an analysis of poverty and unemployment indicates a similarly distressing pattern.”
“Referencing data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, CBS News composed a list of the top ten most impoverished cities in the United States. The ubiquity of Democratic governance is heightened in this context, as nine out of the ten poorest cities are run by Democrats…… Of the ten major U.S. cities with the highest levels of unemployment, nine are run by Democrats. The Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies Detroit, Fresno, and Las Vegas as the cities with the most unemployment, listing Detroit as number one with an unemployment rate of 24.8 percent.”
But even at the federal level in what ways are the Democrat policies better? Regarding the ACA the majority of the middle class was not helped by that law. Regarding this talk about crumbs, that’s what all Democrat economic proposals are for Middle class as well. Most of the high tax states are also liberal states, so even if the Democrat politician gives some “crumbs” to the middle class at the federal level they will then take far more from the middle class at the local level through high state and local taxes. Furthermore, how are their policies better for business? How are their policies better for education? How are their policies better on immigration? I just don’t see it.