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So, we all know the routine.  The Cult of the GOP has been saying for 90 years that government is never a help, never the answer, and always the problem.

Well, bullshit.

Look at this photo:

Over the great orange jump for more...

That photo was of Charlotte Street in the south Bronx in 1979.  Back in the 1970s and the 1980 presidential campaign, this was a must stop for candidates.  Democrats went to push for better housing programs.  Reagan went there to show, well, I'm not sure what- why inner cities should be bulldozed and the people tossed in the sea?  

Well, he sure as shit didn't go there to push for better housing.

So, what has happened on Charlotte Street?

In today's NY Times, Michael Powell has a small article, Government Can’t Help? Tell That to the South Bronx about the public-private partnerships in NYC that has transformed this and other parts of the city over the past 25 years or so.

The effort started during the Koch administration, continued with David Dinkins, no mention of Rudy (but I know it didn't stop completely), and Mike Bloomberg...well, for all the crap he takes,

The Bloomberg administration will, in the end, have poured more than $8 billion into building and preserved 165,000 apartments — more than enough to house the population of Miami.

All the housing that has been built or saved is not sold or rented at market rates.  An overwhelming amount of it is rent stabilized or reserved for middle and lower income families.  And beyond the housing, there are new schools being built in the area as well, and stores have come into to places that a generation ago they wouldn't have touched without a tank in front of the place.

It isn't perfect, there are complaints, the article says about construction wages being less than union scale, but there were always more minority workers on these sites then in other construction sites around the city- giving jobs to many who never had one.

So, what does Charlotte Street look like today?  A picture is worth a 1000 words:


Nice, eh?


That's an apartment building going up in the background.  It will (or already does) have stores on the street level.

So Mr Boehner, and the rest of the Teahdist GOP cult bullshit throwers.... government can't help?

Go to the South Bronx and tell them that.

Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

Originally posted to oxfdblue on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 06:28 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  That's what's really pathetic. (4+ / 0-)

    The teahadists in Congress don't care about facts. They only care about what they believe their "guts" are telling them, and what they read in Ayn Rand books. It's just stupid, and that's why this whole "debt crisis" has devolved into all points of stupid.

    This is the last thing we need right now. As you rightly noted, public sector (aka government) investment works. But instead, all we can talk about now is how much we can limit the damage coming to our economy in the form of "AUSTERITY!!!"

  •  Excellent diary! (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    oxfdblue, jm214, congenitalefty

    I've tipped, recced, facebooked, and tweeted!

    2012 bumper sticker: GOP = Greed.Oppression.Poverty

    by Barbie02360 on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 08:30:18 AM PDT

  •  Government doesn't help? (12+ / 0-)

    Tell that to Los Angeles...they dismantled a bridge last week and the traffic didn't grind to a halt because public transit gave them another option!

    Tell that to parents in Clever and Nixa, AK whose children will now have tornado safe shelters at their schools, thanks to FEMA.

    By eliminating grade crossings, the train will go much faster in Lancaster, PA...thanks to...you guessed it...the Government!

  •  You are absolutely correct. (7+ / 0-)

    It's a fucking lie, and it needs to be called out.
    Tipped and rec'd.

    ...and dropping a bar bell he points to the sky, saying "The sun's not yellow-it's CHICKEN!"

    by porchdog1961 on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 01:42:01 PM PDT

    •  I call it out all the time, but people believe (3+ / 0-)
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      porchdog1961, marykk, congenitalefty

      that stuff no matter how many facts one presents them with.

      Another pernicious aspect to this is the belief that the wealthy have rightfully 'earned' their money and aren't beholden to anyone else for their wealth.

      I've pointed out the infrastructure that allows the wealthy to make money - transportation, telecommunications, safety, etc. is provided by the government.  Yet I see many commentors -- whom I doubt are 'wealthy' -- defend the right for the rich not to be taxed and labelling people who receive government benefits as "whiny, and expecting everyone else to support them.'

      Part of that big lie is the attitude that every dollar in taxes go to welfare (i. e. people of color) they forget all the other things the government pays for - schools, the military, the IRS, thousands of agencies.

      They really don't care.  They're happy to buy into the Republican lies, and when they finally realize they're getting gouged by 'privatized' service vendors, it's going to be too damn late for anyone.

      HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

      by HylasBrook on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 01:55:50 PM PDT

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  •  Bingo. (5+ / 0-)

    That is what people fail to understand.  The whole point of having a democratic government is so that the government represents the people and can take care of larger issues that benefit the common good.  It is much easier and MORE EFFICIENT for one democratic group, working on behalf of EVERYONE, to look after the common good of the people than for any other area.  

    Charities often have more than their hand full already, private enterprise only care about profit which has NOTHING to do with the common good - only private good.  

    That is why I laugh when Republicans/right wingers bash government and want to get rid of government.  Government is democracy.  THAT is the whole point.  TO get rid of government or limit it is literally to get rid of or limit DEMOCRACY.  There is no way around that fact.

    •  The one that makes me LOL (so that I don't (1+ / 0-)
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      maybeeso in michigan

      bang my head against the wall in frustration, the only alternative when faced with such stupidity and absurdity) is the Republican/right wing canard about how they don't want government in their lives, but keep your hands off their Medicare!  They think the government is broken-- but who do they think issues those regular Social Security checks they get in the mail, and on which they depend?

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 04:03:52 PM PDT

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      •  Lol. (0+ / 0-)

        Yeah.  That's true.  But what is also funny is they are also out there asking "where are our jobs!" and yet they don't want real public education, they don't want regulations on corporations to keep them from abusing customers/employees or keeping them from proper competition.

        So they keep voting in FAVOUR of the downward spiral.  Then they lash out at anyone who tries to open their eyes that they are constantly voting AGAINST their own self interests.  

  •  However (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    Unless community residents are involved in an active, organized fashion from the inception of those plans, and armed with an anti-displacement program, such "public-private partnership" projects have historically been one of the main forms of gentrification, "urban removal".  It's not government that ever prevents that, it's direct intervention by the existing community members that limits it (NEVER completely stops it.  Ever.)

    "Tu vida es ahora" ~graffiti in Madrid's Puerta del Sol, May, 2011.

    by ActivistGuy on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 05:23:18 PM PDT

  •  DON'T DRINK THE TEA! (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan
  •  happening in Boston too (0+ / 0-)

    Boston's bad areas (Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan) are being fixed thanks to Boston's Mayor Thomas M. Menino , beloved of most Bostonians.

    It's the broken window concept.   If you can get rid of broken windows,  empty houses where druggies live, you can entise people with money to come to the city.

    And that's what is happening in Boston right now.

    They've also asked the FBI to come to Boston and find the drugsellers.   And they've already rounded up a lot of them.  Now the number of people shot to death by gangs killing other gangs is way down.  And the abuse of drugs has gone down too.

  •  There is more stupidity among the far right: (0+ / 0-)

    Without the government we wouldn't have the internet.

    Thanks to Al Gore helping to turn over the government's original "internet" to the private sector.

    And without the current  government,   we couldn't stop Climate Change.  

    Without the government, there would be no Smoky the Bear that has stopped thousands of wild fires.   Instead there are a lot of firefighters who do their most to stop them.  And most firefighters are in unions (oh no!)

    Lots more so I'll stop here and talk about Bush's Part D.

    Here's a good article about how Bush added to the deficit big time when he added Part D, by a man who had been a supporter of several Republicans, including Reagan.   He got Reagan to raise taxes when Reagan was having his own, much smaller  recession.  

    If you go to Amazon you can find more books that he written.

    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    "The Real Social Security and Medicare Problem (and a Doable Fix)"

    By BRUCE BARTLETT

  •  My god that's beautiful (0+ / 0-)

    I lived in NYC in the 1970's and 1980's.  "The Burned Out Bronx" was what we called it... what a comeback.

    If only Camden, NJ could get the same kind of visionary leadership.  To the best of my knowledge it has never recovered from the riots in the 1960's.  It's a shame, it too used to be a beautiful city, and could be again.

    You hear about crazy, but it's rarer than you think. -Jon Stewart 1/10/2011

    by lcork on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 09:56:18 PM PDT

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