I was pleasantly surprised this morning as I drove to work and heard that my beloved Mantua section of West Philly has been selected by the Savior as one of five PROMISE ZONES in the U.S. Did you feel that hand going into your wallet? Obama and his do-gooder, liberal, Democratic, Keynesian minions are going to take more of your money and redistribute it to the fine folks along the 30 Blocks of Squalor. The Big O wants to channel $5 billion of your tax dollars into Promise Zones across the land, where government drones will decide the winners and losers based upon party affiliation, color and campaign contributions. The black Democratic mayor of Philadelphia, who has successfully driven the city to the brink of bankruptcy, convinced the black president of the U.S, who has driven the nation to the brink of bankruptcy, to funnel millions of Bennie Bucks into the shithole I like to call the 30 Blocks of Squalor.
Do gooders and wealth re-distributors always need a catchy name for their taxpayer funded fallacies. No Child Left Behind. Race to the Top. Forward.
They all achieve the same result. Spending your money and achieving nothing. Promise zones sounds so promising, unless you drive through Mantua every day for the last seven years, like me. I’ve seen government intervention at its finest. They used your money to build this $24 million parking garage for the Phila Zoo in Mantua. They built it on an existing parking lot. The net increase in parking spaces was about 350 spaces. That is a taxpayer cost of $69,000 per parking space built. The Phila Zoo attracts no one for 6 months of the year. The garage is empty on a daily basis. Except for about 5 weekends per year, there is absolutely no need for this monstrosity. But union construction workers were employed for a year and you paid for it.
Then there is the $28 million low income gated housing estate called Mantua Square, built with the 2009 Obama porkulus money. There are 101 luxury townhomes occupied by unemployed dregs of West Philly. There are Cadillacs, BMWs, Jaguars, and Mercedes sprinkled around this oasis of luxury in a sea of squalor. It has been open for three years now. The hovels on the streets surrounding this fortress of federal funding are boarded up and tend to collapse during heavy rain storms. The press release from Obama and Nutter three years ago declared that the 8 store fronts built into this Shangri-la of Squalor would revitalize the Mantua neighborhood. Thriving businesses would be knocking down the doors to serve the West Philly SNAP army. The picture below with vacant storefronts was when it opened. Fast forward three years and the picture is EXACTLY the same. NOT ONE FUCKING business has opened in the 8 storefronts. Not one.
The story below says that 51% of this neighborhood lives under the poverty line and it has a 13.6% unemployment rate. That’s a load of bull. The true unemployment rate is at least 40%. As I read the story I was seeking some info on what exactly a Promise Zone meant. All I found out was that they are a new way of doing business. Sounds to me like the old way of doing business. The Federal Government takes your tax dollars and funnels them to their constituents in order to get votes. I PROMISE you that this money will be pissed down the shithole we call Mantua. It is populated by lazy, entitled, ignorant, drug dealing lowlifes. The neighborhood is decaying and the only income is from welfare, SNAP, and drugs. The males impregnate multiple hoes and then go on their way. Single mother households proliferate. No matter how much money the guilt stricken liberals dump into this neighborhood, it will never become a functioning society. The people of Mantua are responsible for their condition. Ignorance is a choice.
The war on poverty continues to be waged and continues to be lost. Obama and his minions will continue to come up with catchy slogans as they piss away billions of your tax dollars.