Thursday, August 21, 2008

Poverty in St. Louis - but no change in leadership

St. Louis plays a role in a commentary posted by Glenn Beck today at CNN.com.  (Many thanks to regular reader Dameon for alerting me to Beck's commentary.)  Hit the link here to read the entire piece - it is well worth it - but here is the gist of it . . .

America's cities are becoming increasingly impoverished.  Nearly one third of the residents of Detroit and Buffalo live beneath the poverty line.  Those two cities have the highest percentage of people living in poverty but St. Louis isn't too far down the list at No. 6.  

And despite the state of our cities, Democrats who year after year, decade after decade, offer the same old tried and failed "solutions" to poverty keep getting elected to big city halls.  Detroit hasn't had a Republican mayor since 1961.  Buffalo hasn't since 1954.  And St. Louis hasn't had a Republican mayor since 1949.  1949!

As Beck puts it, "if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, the asylums in those cities must be as full as the soup kitchens."

Would it be too much to ask for "change" and new leadership in St. Louis (and the country's other big cities) sometime this century?

4 comments:

thetimman said...

Sorry, but I don't read commentaries from pundits and columnists, etc. I can think for myself and don't find these people's opinions worth reading.

So, no matter how much you think this piece will interest me, and no matter how enlightening, I refuse to read it.

[scowling earnestly]

Dameon said...

Ouch. Who poisoned your oatmeal this morning?

thetimman said...

Inside joke. Perhaps the blogger can explain. :-)

St. Louis Conservative said...

The Tim Man was doing his best paraphrase of yours truly whenever he hands me one of the millions (hyperbole - yes - but not by much) of long-winded opinion pieces that he's given me to read over the years. Unlike the one you suggested Dameon, TTM's are usually on subjects that he's interested in and that he thinks I should be interested in. I'm not interested in the topic - and he knows it - but he keeps on printing them out and handing them to me anyway.