% of People Below the Poverty Level
1. Detroit , MI
2. Buffalo , NY
3. Cincinnati , OH
4. Cleveland , OH
5. Miami , FL
5. St. Louis , MO
7. El Paso , TX
8. Milwaukee , WI
9. Philadelphia , PA
10. Newark , NJ
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.
Einstein once observed, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'
It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats---yet they are still poor...
"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
Do you suppose this is a problem of mayors, or national policy of allowing corporations to offshore while enjoying their tax breaks?
Or an overly high tax on the middle class who spend the most?
Most of these cities are falling over each other to allow big business NO LOCAL TAXES. Happens here all the time.
It is time to try another approach - give those in the middle class the balance of the 5% tax breaks given to the top tax payers.
In 2003 they got 5%, and the rest 1% or so. The burden shifted to the middle class.
Hmm, I wonder if people my feel a bit more confident if given some extra cash?
And again, I am a full proponent of a MASSIVE 33% tax cut for all the middle class for 1 to 2 years.
Why? Because will are headed straight into a depression.