“[I]f you go by actual deeds, liberals and leftists are the ones with empathy … Empathy
and respect are … about supporting policies that make people’s lives better…”
— Katha Pollitt, The Nation, 6/9/17
“He’s looking at numbers on the page. He’s not thinking about people. This isn’t about
programs … it’s poor, vulnerable people, and children. That’s who they’re hurting.
They’re looking at numbers on a page but in the Senate … we [Democrats] are gonna
look at people … and we’re not gonna let them make these Draconian cuts.”
— Sen. Tim Kaine (D, VA), reacting to White House budget, CNN, 5/24/17
Liberals’ smug self-satisfaction is off the charts. All leftists everywhere consider themselves to represent the epitome of compassion. Conservatives are full of greed and hate, they say,
contrasted with themselves, brimming with empathy and goodness and sweetness and light.
So why is it, ladies and gentlemen, that every area liberals control is circling the drain? Why
is it that liberal rule equals unfathomable suffering for the most vulnerable? All cities and states
have good years and bad years, but for Democrat-run locales, every day is a race to the bottom. By any measure, decades of Democrat graft, ineptness, and sloth have left the dwindling
number of blue clusters across the nation in collapse.
Not only does everything Democrats touch go to hell, there is zip, zero, nada liberal compassion when it comes to the people forced to live in dying Democrat cities and states. Liberals
claim GOP “obstruction” is to blame for the disasters of Baltimore or Detroit, but no Republican
has been in office there — or in most other urban areas — in many decades. The left owns every
square inch of these crumbling Third World hellholes:
• The Fiscal Times ranked 116 U.S. cities in order of fiscal strength, evaluating their debt, funds
available, change in property values, and pension contributions. Clustered at the bottom were
deep blue, liberal-run cities, among them Chicago (dead last, at #116), New York (#115), St.
Louis (#112), Philadelphia (#111), Cleveland (#106), and Portland (#103).
• Of the 15 worst states in America to make a living, ten are blue states (CT, RI, NV, NM, NY,
ME, VT, HI, OR, CA). MoneyRates based its 2016 ratings on median wages, state tax rates,
cost of living, unemployment rate, and workplace accidents. Four out of the best five states —
Where Is the Evidence
of Liberal Compassion?
Texas, Wyoming, Washington, Virginia,
and North Dakota — are GOP-run.
•“Comptroller: Illinois’ Finances Are in a
‘Massive Crisis Mode.’” — AP, 6/18/17
•“Illinois budgets for decades have been nothing but a moth-eaten collection of lies …
designed to disguise Illinois’ real problems:
failure to rein in spending coupled with
a very business unfriendly environment.
As Illinois’ bond rating careens towards
junk, Illinois’ unpaid bills jumped to $14.3
billion. Today, the state told contractors to
halt roadwork other than that required for
safety.” — Zero Hedge, 6/15/17
•“The Windy City has become a poster
child for financial mismanagement, having suffered a series of ratings downgrades
in recent years. Aside from having thin
reserves and large volumes of outstanding debt, Chicago is notorious for its
underfunded pension plans.” — The Fiscal
•“The Philadelphia metro area was ranked
250th for economic growth … in a survey
by the Brookings Institution of the world’s
300 biggest metropolitan economies.” —
Philadelphia magazine, 3/2/15. Washington
D.C. fared even worse, at #276.
• The poverty rate in the U.S. is 13.5 percent, while the poverty rate in Detroit
is a whopping 48.1 percent. Other poverty rates of Dem-run cities: Cleveland
(42.6), Milwaukee (34.5), Memphis (33.5),
Philadelphia (31.5), St. Louis (30.0),
Baltimore (28.2), and Chicago (27.3).
•“Baltimore’s property taxes are twice as
high as those of any other jurisdiction in
Maryland or the District of Columbia …
[and what] does Baltimore have to show for
its gargantuan expenditures? Not much at
all. Today, the city’s residents have a median household income that is about 45 percent below Maryland’s state average, and a
poverty rate nearly 70 percent higher than
the national average. Among America’s
100 most populous cities, Baltimore ranks
87th in median household income.” —
FrontPage Magazine, 4/29/15
•“The unemployment rate for black men in
Baltimore between the ages of 20-24 is 37
percent.” — The Washington Post, 5/4/15
• In 1970, the number of Detroit citizens
in “high poverty” (with a poverty rate
at least double the national average) was
38,589; by 2010 that had climbed to
228,450. Milwaukee’s high-poverty rate