ELDER PATRIOT – Doubling down on failed policies is stupid. That doesn’t stop Progressives who are so ideologically driven to do “something,” even when that “something” represents jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled statistics that portray the result of government programs “meant to help.” They don’t paint a pretty picture.
After 48 years of uninterrupted Democratic Party control in Baltimore, here are the facts:
• The total population of Baltimore is 595,762
• There are 503,510 people over the age of 16
• Of these only 212,397 people are employed in non-government jobs.
• There are 56,662 government employees.
• There are 190,524 people able to work but without employment.
Real unemployment among non-government workers is over 47%. Adding government employees into the statistics only drops real unemployment to just below 42%. It’s actually worse than that because people holding two, or more, jobs are counted multiple times.
Government is Baltimore’s largest employer by a margin exceeding 2-1. With one government employee for every 10 residents, one is left to wonder why Baltimore’s residents require such personalized care. The answer is they don’t. This ratio rivals the guard-to-prisoner ratio of max security prisons. This is government largesse carried to the extreme.
Such a lack of productivity should be intolerable to Baltimore residents who are footing much of the bill. It’s unlikely to change anything come election time, though.
With 56,662 government workers certain to vote in their own interests, they are likely to comprise 25% to over 30% of the turnout on the day of the election. Counting family members that percentage can skyrocket.
The most optimistic of turnout numbers would require any conservative reformer to garner in excess of 67% of the remaining votes. That’s highly unlikely since blacks comprise 63.7% of the population of Baltimore and they historically vote over 90% Democrat. Even if only 10% of the black community turned out for the election any reformer would probably be forced to gain 75% of the remaining vote. With only 42% of the electorate registered other than Democrat the odds are long against that happening.
Like those who make a deal with the devil, this is the trap people become ensnared in when they seek the help of government. Progressive Democrats are now excited about making Martin O’Malley their presidential candidate. For a movement that has proven tone deaf to the needs of the common working man, this speaks volumes.
O’Malley’s importance in bringing Baltimore to this point as mayor and governor over the past 16 years is inescapable. His promotion can only mean that Democrat leadership doesn’t care to fix the problems. The perpetuation of their power by an ignorant and increasingly dependent constituency seems to be all that concerns them.
HERE IS A LIST OF EVERY SINGLE TIME OBAMA COMMITTED AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE THAT DEMS & MEDIA COVERED UP
“Impeach!” It’s been more than eight years since Democrats uttered that word – long enough for anyone to wonder if it was still in their vocabulary, considering the deafening silence through the dozens of serious scandals during President Obama’s administration – but now that President Trump is the man in the White House, it’s back with a vengeance.
Democrats everywhere are wildly slinging the “I” word, hoping to nail Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors after the New York Times claimed a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey said the president urged him to end the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Some members of Congress are getting in on the action. They include Reps. Maxine Water, D-Calif., and Al Green, D-Texas. Even a Republican, Rep. Justin Amash, claimed Wednesday there are grounds to impeach President Trump. House Oversign Committee Chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked for the alleged Comey memo and other documents. Chaffetz tweeted that he is prepared to subpoena the information. And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., invoked “Watergate.”
Now the Democratic Party is reportedly poll testing impeachment as a 2018 election issue. More than 1 million people signed a petition calling on Congress to impeach Trump.
Wasting no time Wednesday, the mainstream media sprang into action, enthusiastically echoing the left’s impeachment calls. MSNBC launched a Watergate ad implying Trump is America’s new Richard Nixon.
“Watergate. We know its name because there were reporters who never stopped asking questions,” says MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who hinted that Trump is next on the impeachment chopping block. “Now, who knows where the questions will take us. But I know this: I’m not going to stop asking them.”
Meanwhile, some overzealous members of the left plastered fliers around Washington, D.C., demanding all White House staffers resign Wednesday.
The posters read: “If you work for this White House you are complicit in hate-mongering, lies, corrupt taking of Americans’ tax money via self-dealing and emoluments, and quite possibly federal crimes and treason. Also, any wars will be on your soul. … Resign now.”
But constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, who voted for President Obama, warned “impeachment” enthusiasts not to get ahead of themselves with President Trump. Why?
At this time, there’s no evidence Trump actually committed a crime.
“The criminal code demands more than what Comey reportedly describes in his memo,” Turley wrote in a May 17 opinion piece posted at the Hill. Turley explained:
For the first time, the Comey memo pushes the litany of controversies surrounding Trump into the scope of the United States criminal code.
However, if this is food for obstruction of justice, it is still an awfully thin soup. Some commentators seem to be alleging criminal conduct in office or calling for impeachment before Trump completed the words of his inaugural oath of office. Not surprising, within minutes of the New York Times report, the response was a chorus of breathless “gotcha” announcements. But this memo is neither the Pentagon Papers nor the Watergate tapes. Indeed, it raises as many questions for Comey as it does Trump in terms of the alleged underlying conduct.
A good place to start would be with the federal law, specifically 18 U.S.C. 1503. The criminal code demands more than what Comey reportedly describes in his memo. There are dozens of different variations of obstruction charges ranging from threatening witnesses to influencing jurors. None would fit this case. That leaves the omnibus provision on attempts to interfere with the “due administration of justice.”
However, that still leaves the need to show that the effort was to influence “corruptly” when Trump could say that he did little but express concern for a longtime associate. The term “corruptly” is actually defined differently under the various obstruction provisions, but it often involves a showing that someone acted “with the intent to secure an unlawful benefit for oneself or another.” Encouraging leniency or advocating for an associate is improper but not necessarily seeking an unlawful benefit for him.
. Obama’s Iran nuke deal
Obama knew about Hillary’s private email server
Obama IRS targets conservatives
Obama’s DOJ spies on AP reporters
Obamacare & Obama’s false promises
Illegal-alien amnesty by executive order
Operation Fast & Furious
5 Taliban leaders for Bergdahl
‘Recess ‘ appointments – when Senate was in session
Appointment of ‘czars’ without Senate approval
Suing Arizona for enforcing federal law
Refusal to defend Defense of Marriage Act
Illegally conducting war against Libya
NSA: Spying on Americans
Muslim Brotherhood ties
Solyndra and the lost $535 million
Cap & Trade: When in doubt, bypass Congress
Refusal to prosecute New Black Panthers
Obama’s U.S. citizen ‘hit list’