Failed City: Baltimore Sun admits the city is a ‘disaster’

Yesterday, our DCG posted about the city of Baltimore, Maryland being infested with rats and rodents.

Like the other failed cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, Baltimore is governed entirely by Democrats:

But the problems of Baltimore are not new.

In fact, nearly three years ago on November 9, 2016, a day after Donald Trump was elected President, Maryland’s largest daily newspaper The Baltimore Sun had published an op/ed calling Baltimore “a disaster”.

Below is the op/ed by Sean Kennedy, a visiting fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute, “Trump’s right: Declare Baltimore a ‘disaster’ and rebuild it,” The Baltimore Sun, November 9, 2016:

Donald J. Trump is known for his hyperbole, but not all of his ideas are a stretch. Our inner cities are a “disaster,” as he said in the final presidential debate — and they should be officially declared so.

Mr. Trump said on the campaign trail that he would “empower cities and states to seek a federal disaster designation for blighted communities in order to initiate the rebuilding of vital infrastructure, the demolition of abandoned properties and the increased presence of law enforcement.” Now that he’s captured the presidency, let’s hope he follows through.

The idea is radical, revolutionary and just what urban America needs: a federal disaster declaration for our most impoverished neighborhoods hard hit by crime, urban blight and economic malaise.

When the president declares an area to be a disaster, additional federal assistance can be applied while regulations and rules for rebuilding and revitalizing the affected area are often waived or reduced.

Under the model established after the I-35W bridge collapse over the Mississippi River, federal authorities can streamline infrastructure and other projects that often take a decade from start to finish. The Minnesota bridge was rebuilt better than ever in 437 days by cutting out the red tape that typically mires such projects.

Cities and states could upgrade and rebuild quickly and cheaply.

Additionally, if a disaster were declared, it would enable individuals and businesses to apply more quickly for revitalization aid including home improvement and personal loans, but most especially start-up capital available from the Small Business Administration.

Access to capital, even a small amount, is one of the biggest hurdles to most aspiring entrepreneurs starting their businesses.

Most start-ups rely on the generosity of family and friends and personal savings to get going. But for black and Hispanic Americans, who are the primary residents of these inner-city neighborhoods, personal wealth (that is, assets plus income) has actually fallen in the years since the Great Recession in real dollars.

In Baltimore, the fall in income and wealth has been especially dramatic, according to Loyola-Maryland economics professor Stephen Walters. Property and income taxes have risen dramatically while real income, especially for minorities in the inner-city, has fallen precipitously since 1950. As the tax base shrank in the city, the wealth gap grew dramatically — with the poorest 20 percent in the area worth equal to 1/12th of the richest 20 percent.

Bank loans, too, are hard to come by for inner-city entrepreneurs since most institutions do not lend to individuals without assets and shaky credit — all too common circumstances for poor to working class Americans residing in our urban cores.

That scarcity of capital creates a vicious cycle because new, organic and home-grown business formation is a rarity, so the new jobs that come with new businesses never appear.

Even worse, aspiring business owners and inventors in the inner city are often precluded from receiving sustaining government assistance while they pursue their dreams.

Unemployment and disability insurance, for example, often have bars on self-employment and outside income while receiving benefits. Only a handful of states (which administer unemployment) allow entrepreneurs to collect benefits (and stop seeking salaried and hourly work) while they start-up. Maryland, for example, stopped accepting the funds available under federal law to administer such a program.

That’s where another, equally radical Trump proposal comes in: microloans in lieu of social assistance payments. The most obvious example is unemployment payments, which could be turned into repayable but forgivable loans, according to Mr. Trump.

If the social assistance were converted into loan payments and the bar lifted on recipients’ ability to start businesses or work toward their dreams, these individuals could begin the urban renaissance our inner cities desperately need.

For those who wish, the federal government should allow lump-sum payments of projected assistance to individuals with a business idea to help them get started.

Micro-lending models like this have been fabulously successful in the third world and in limited experiments in the United States. For taxpayers, the dollars are a sunk cost — recipients will get them either way from the government, but the upside is huge if they help to spur new business formation, job creation and most of all hope in these distressed communities.

Declaring our most beleaguered neighborhoods to be “disaster zones” and encouraging entrepreneurial activities through access to capital and microloans would inject capital, expedite much needed infrastructure and give our inner cities hope again.

While declaring Baltimore a “disaster” would initiate infrastructure rebuilding, enhance law enforcement, and free up federal loans to businesses, as long as the city government remains a bastion of Democrats, Baltimore will continue to be a rat-infested disaster.

H/t John Molloy and Breitbart

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YouKnowWho

I like the idea of declairing them a disaster area. BUT. Don’t make the mistake of handing the cities a blank check for federal funds. For the infrastructure call in the Army Corps of Engineers, the Seabeas, National Guard, etc. Any other contracts should be administated by other Federal Angencies as may be approprate for various disciplines. In no instance should the local leadership be allowed access these DEMOCRATIC disaster zone funds. After all these places went to hell on their watch. Why would you want to duplicate that mistake?

Jackie Puppet
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And eliminate any requirements that set aside for some of the work to be performed by WBEs or MBEs (women/minority-owned businesses). Hire the best, regardless of gender/race.

DCG
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On Tucker last night they said Baltimore received $1.8 billion from obama’s “stimulus” scam.

Where’d that money go?

William
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William

It went toward establishing committees to study the feasibility of establishing committees to contract with minority run private contractors to draw up plans for infrastructure improvements. Most of the the rest went to the Elijah Cummings foundation to oversee how the money was disbursed. When it came time to get the ball rolling there was only 17 cents left. The only solution is to raise taxes

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Trump’s sent them billions this year already. Give me one billion and I can fix the whole mess with some left over for me.

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Zip-ped-e-doda

Want proof these Politians don’t give a $hit about people living in $hitholes? Learn about the CAFR and you’ll know Trillions have been available for the infrastructure and it should NOT have been left to deteriorate. They’ve been squirreling away Trillions since FDR’s 1933 bankruptcy deceptively called the “Emergency Banking Act”. After successfully bamboozling the people with his fireside chats, FDR summoned a secret meeting with all State Governers instructing them to INCORPORATE their States pledging ALL the assets of their citizens, their land, homes, etc., thus necessitating the Annual CAFR. Now you know why you’re listed as “tenant” on… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

DCG, The Obama stimulus money went to stimulate the officials’s pockets for a “job well done” hahahaha. Don’t mess around with POTUS, that guy knows more than what people think he knows.

Alma
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Alma

Elijah Cummings, Sharptongue, Bernard Young, Latrine Waters and the rest of the circus clowns are hanging on to the racist card, and they are getting their asses caught on the door, I love it!!!! Ain’t this fun! They are the four legged rats, hahahaha. Betcha Elijah ain’t gonna open his kisser any more.

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Lophatt

There’s an old adage “soap is cheap”, that covers at least the rat issue. It is obvious that Trump is making an example of Cummins because he’s a partisan jerk. He’s a “bully” and unnecessarily grandstands when appointments are scrutinized, etc.. The fact is, that in spite of wagon loads of Obongo money, Baltimore is as filthy pit. So yes, where did that go? Cummins and his ilk look well fed. Maybe better than the four-legged rats. Why does “help” have to come from afar? There’s a LOT of garbage that needs to be picked up before they can even… Read more »

William
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William

I submit that the experiments did work in that they destroyed individual initiative and created generations of unmotivated and unskilled eaters who are totally dependent on the government. That was the intention of those programs. Their stated objectives, to reduce poverty, reduce illiteracy, whatever, are just window dressing. Flies, rats, filth, hordes of ineducable and untrainable Nubians…we call that Paradise comrade

Alma
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Alma

You don’t have to go that far, Haiti and the Clintons, where are the millions they Stole? The Haitian people are struggling.

Mad Celt
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Mad Celt

No federal aid. Trunp is pandering.

mjc227
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mjc227

Baltimore does not have a rat problem Baltimore has a black problem. Put them in charge of anything and it will be destroyed. EVERY SINGLE TIME!

Jo
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Jo

They have a corruption problem and the black population has suffered. Baltimore received $16 billion from the federal government last year and nothing has been done to clean up the city. President Trump said the money was stolen and wasted.

Jo
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Jo

I had read that the blacks in Baltimore are calling and thanking President Trump for exposing the real Baltimore. Fox & Friends reported over weekend an interview of a black Baltimore resident and she said Elijah Cummings has done nothing to help Baltimore and said President Trump is completely right!