As the dedicated far-left radical she is, Linda Valdez, editorialist at the Arizona Republic, looks back longingly over five decades at Democrat President B. Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. His failed “war” was integral to his blurred vision of a “Great Society.”
Through LBJ’s efforts to establish programs that compensated single mothers, fathers were rendered unnecessary as they were replaced by welfare checks. In this column, “Race and Rhetoric,” economist and syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell analyzes the disintegration of the black family —- which he notes has survived centuries of slavery and generations of government-imposed discrimination in the Jim Crow era, but began coming apart in the wake of the expansion of the liberal welfare state and its accompanying social dogmas.
The very government expansion acclaimed by Linda Valdez.
The poverty rate among blacks was nearly cut in half in the 20 years prior to the 1960s, a record unmatched since then, despite the expansion of welfare state policies in the 1960s.
Unemployment among black 16 and 17-year-old males was 12 percent back in 1950. Yet unemployment rates among black 16 and 17-year-old males has not been less than 30 percent for any year since 1970 —- and has been over 40 percent in some of those years.
Not only was unemployment among blacks in general lower before the liberal welfare state policies expanded in the 1960s, rates of imprisonment of blacks were also lower then, and most black children were raised in two-parent families. At one time, a higher percentage of blacks than whites were married and working.
None of these facts fits liberal social dogmas, writes Sowell.
Valdez’ column exposes her fringe mentality, worship of the nanny state, and includes fervent fawning over Arizona’s liberal extremist Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ CD-3), as well as a venomous diatribe against Republicans. This is her pie-eyed description: “Meanwhile, the GOP continued its relentless push to undermine unions and worker rights, keep wages low, sabotage public schools, cut college grants, roll back federal protections for consumers and the environment, stonewall immigration reform, limit women’s reproductive rights, stiff infrastructure and endlessly try to convince the American people that the country can’t afford beloved programs that reflect our shared sense of national responsibility: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”
How much clearer could it be that facts take a back seat to leftist spew in the pages of the Arizona Republic? You know what to do. (Video: 22 second mark.)