‘The leader says to his people: ‘In order for me to help you, you have to remain in need of help. You can never rise above your need for me. Catch my drift? That’s our bargain.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
‘Inner city gangs assist political leaders. First, gangs keep the local population under the gun, in a state of fear, so that nothing good can take root and grow in those communities. Second, gangs distribute drugs. Government is in the drug business.’ (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Inner cities are about money, and any American president since Lyndon Johnson could have seen it in an hour, if he had bothered to look, if he cared, if he really intended to help solve the problem of inner cities.
But solving problems was never the objective, and that’s important to know because, now, with explosions of violence rippling in inner cities of America, the original crisis has become much worse – and therein lies a clue:
The goal was always destruction, decimation, and loss of hope in inner cities, leading to violence and more violence – which becomes part of the excuse for the spreading onrush of the militarized police state.
So let’s get to the money.
A 1993 Cato Institute Essay, ‘The Myth of America: Underfunded Cities,’ by Stephen Moore and Dean Stansel, makes this stunning point:
‘Since 1965 the federal government has spent an estimated $2.5 trillion on the War on Poverty and urban aid. (That figure includes all spending on welfare, Medicaid, housing, education, job training, and infrastructure and direct aid to cities.) Economist Walter Williams has calculated that that is enough money to purchase all the assets of the Fortune 500 companies plus all of the farmland in the United States. But it has not spurred urban revival.’
How is that possible?
How do you spend $2.5 trillion and achieve no revival?
This post was published at Jon Rappoport on August 31, 2015.