According to an American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, the top 10 poorest cities with populations more than 250,000 are Detroit, with 33 percent of its residents below the poverty line; Buffalo, N.Y., 30 percent; Cincinnati, 28 percent; Cleveland, 27 percent; Miami, 27 percent; St. Louis, 27 percent; El Paso, Texas, 26 percent; Milwaukee, 26 percent; Philadelphia, 25 percent; and Newark, N.J., 24 percent.
The most common characteristic of these cities is that for decades, all of them have been run by Democratic and presumably liberal administrations. Some of them – such as Detroit, Buffalo, Newark and Philadelphia – haven’t elected a Republican mayor for more than a half-century. Walter Williams
Walter Williams, Department of Economics, George Mason University is doing his part to help the poor in America through education. His editorial caused me to think of how those in other parts of the world often continue to try things that have not worked, only to their own injury.
Just this morning I read how missionaries in other parts of the world are often faced with the dilemma of trying to reach and minister to those who rely on witch doctors to heal their sick. They often watch helplessly as the patients die. They may have access to God-given medical help from missionaries and/or doctors from other parts of the world, but their fear of the unknown keeps them from accepting the help.
I wonder if many poor people in America are in one way, similar. Perhaps they have never completed a training course or depended upon themselves in any way. They do not realize their own strength and their own God-given ability. Perhaps there are poor people who would truly like to be free of government entitlements that keep them at a poverty level, but a fear of the unknown has paralyzed them.
Propaganda seems to be especially effective with the poor of our population today and there is certainly no shortage of propaganda in the USA.
Pray that God will open the eyes of His people that they might see the truth before and around them. Not just the voters, but any and all leaders, regardless of party affiliation, who keep trying to end poverty by handing out fish rather than allowing people to become self-sufficient fishermen.
- The Paradox of Black Voting Patterns (economicnoise.com)