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Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense ~Mark Overby

Spread the Wealth, Spread the Misery

Each morning, while enjoying my first cup of coffee, I check out my favorite sources for news on the Internet. Today I came across a very disturbing video of a young punk knocking out an old man on the Red Line train in Chicago. After this punk knocked out the old man, the rest of the gang stood around and laughed. Here is a link to the video where you can watch it for yourself.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/66019257/News/Warning-graphic-content:-Video-shows-man-punched

As I watched the video, it reminded me of the same problems we have in Columbus, Ohio. We don’t have public trains or subways, but we have a problem with gangs using the public bus system to move around. Columbus area and other large cities like Cleveland have an ever growing problem with gangs and crime. And just like every large city in the country, they are Democrat strongholds that bring the very ideology which enables the problem to grow.

I believe gang activity is directly related to the growing increase in high school dropouts. In 2008, the Columbus dropout rate was 40%. Recently a new federal law requires those who state they are transferring to new schools or dropping out of the public system be verified. These new laws have shown that the dropout rates are much higher than once thought.

Why are so many dropping out of school when the federal government is pouring hand over fistfuls of taxpayer dollars into the system? I believe it is because the federal government in its continual efforts to spread the wealth has created a growing class of people that no longer see an education as something of value. After all, who needs an education to  qualify for a job when you have federal/state governments that will pay for a roof over your head, provide you with food stamps, medical coverage, smart phones, and assistance toward utilities? Then you can spend your time hanging out and making money under the table often through illegal drug sales, prostitution, and good old-fashion theft.

The Columbus area has deteriorated and become quite expensive for the taxpayers over the past decade or so under the leadership of  Democrat Mayor Coleman who was recently re-elected to his 4th term.. These days, the busiest place in Columbus is the courthouse. In the middle of any given day, you see the buses pull up in front of the courthouse with runs to an area in the inner city every 15-20 minutes. Each bus is packed to capacity with standing room only full of young adults who just had their day in court

We have also had to go through extensive/expensive building additions to increase the size of the courthouse because of the increase in crime. The one major private sector benefit has been the need to increase housing for attorneys, judges and their staffs. Unfortunately, the increase in gang activity was a key factor in other efforts to restore downtown Columbus. One was City Center Mall. It was a three story shopping mall, very upscale with every major department store imaginable. It had very nice eateries and an underground parking facilities. Though the Mayor of Columbus blames the competition of other malls in the suburbs for its failure, the truth is people like myself no longer felt safe shopping there because the inner city gangs started making it their hangout causing trouble. When walking to your car in the underground lot with your hands full of packages, you became an easy target. One by one the anchor stores pulled out and Mayor Coleman with taxpayer dollars bought the mall and had it torn down and turned into a ‘green space”. So leftist of him. The private sector efforts and jobs lost all shot to hell…. but let us all rejoice in the few public sector jobs this new green space created in its upkeep. Idiots.

So how did things get this way? Go back to the sixties when President Johnson and his Democrat Congress started the Great Society that was suppose to end poverty by spreading the wealth to the poorest of us. And since then those programs have grown just like every other spread the wealth program before it. Instead of pulling people out of poverty, they have created more! And the more dependent they became on government, they have learned how to game the system to the point they no longer see education or personal responsibility as a necessity.

Columbus is no different than any major city across this country. It’s a travesty and as long as this “spread the wealth” mentality is allowed to continue, it will only get worse.

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