Democrats and poverty
Why do liberals hate the poor? You somehow equate being unwilling to give up American sovereignty and not leaving our southern border unsecured as "Heartless" (Week That Was, Aug. 7). The reality is that Democrats want the borders open for no other reason than to provide a future voting base of poor and are willing to work with corporatist whore Chamber of Commerce Republicans who want to please their corporate masters by increasing the supply of cheaper labor. Why is this bad? Main reason is it creates a labor surplus for the entry-level jobs needed by the youth currently here and for blacks of all ages. You can't increase the supply of a commodity and expect it to hold its value. Democrats are complicit in creating a surplus of low skilled labor. Liberal leaders don't care who they hurt and are willing to work with open border Republicans to get unregistered Democrats.
Why blacks don't hold Democrats accountable for what is a tag-team attack on the poor I don't understand. You keep repeating the absurd meme that conservatives hate the poor and minorities when conservatives want everyone to succeed. Keeping people poor makes no sense from an economic standpoint. We do have real evidence that Democrats support policy that hurts the poor (amnesty anyone?) and LBJ famously stated "I'll have them ni**ers voting Democrat for the next 200 hundred years ..." when he started the War on Poverty. Add to that liberals insisting blacks be confined to seriously underperforming public schools as a payoff to the teachers' unions and it's hard to believe blacks think Democrats actually want to help them. I'll believe liberals want to help the poor when Democrats start designing policy that doesn't create more government dependency.
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In response to Will Stephenson's Aug. 6 cover story, "Where were you on Pharoah Sanders Day?":
Wow, I am a rabid jazz fan and after living in LR for more than 10 years, and I did not know that he was a native! For those interested, Clark Terry, a huge legend of the jazz world, is currently residing in Pine Bluff, and seemingly fighting some health difficulties admirably.
Anyway, the most recent recordings I've heard with Sanders are on Kenny Garrett's "Beyond the Wall" and "Sketches of MD." The man is 70-plus years old and still recording with the biggest, forward-looking musicians — that should tell you something.
In response to Max Brantley's Arkansas Blog post, "Think early closing for private clubs would depress crime? Try this":
I assume that if they offer a proposal to cut the hours of business for legitimate businesses, there will be an accompanying budget cut in the police department budget since obviously there isn't a need for more to sit in donut shops waiting for those nonexistent calls? Floating shutting River Market hours at 9 p.m. and eliminating those late-evening activities on the riverfront will further cut the need for police. Why, you can do that Fourth of July celebration from noon to 3 p.m. and stop a lot of complaints from noise to drunk partygoers. What a great opportunity for the nannies on the City Board to turn the clock back to 1850!
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Another stupid political machination by a small-minded politician(s). And I'm not particularly a supporter of late, late-night clubs.
If you want to see the crime rate drop, you've got to actually study crime. This is been hinted at during these discussions, but never really addressed: Do a comprehensive study of crime in Little Rock/Central Arkansas. Study ALL the call-outs by police and the types of crimes they investigate. Then let the people know what's going on in their city.
Then you would know what to do to actually make a difference in crime in our fair city.
Cherry-picking the problems that happen at places that have the least political support only positions a politician for re-election. It's not going to have any serious impact on crime.
It's all about the next election. Not about making anyone safer.
When I was younger, much younger, my father was complaining about me staying out past midnight. I didn't understand what the issue was. I never got in trouble and my friends and I weren't doing anything wrong. Simply spending time together. He said there wasn't anything to be doing past 10 anyway. I asked him what he did after 10. He replied in a high-pitched really-sockingp-it-to-me tone, "I'm in bed"! I simply and calmly replied, "Then how do you know what there is to do after 10?" As angry as he was his argument was over.
Just because the elders of this city are fast asleep during the night doesn't mean that's when the monsters are out. I work for the city in "emergency public service," and I assure you, first-hand, nightclubs contribute very little to all of the problems we tend to during the night. The fact that they would even say this is laughable and proves, at least to me, that those that are in favor of this proposal are completely out of touch with the reality of what goes on throughout the night in this city.