30 BLOCKS OF SQUALOR PROMISE ZONES

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Posted on 9th January 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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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.

(Dedication ceremonies are held at the Philadelphia Zoo's new transportation center, which includes a parking garage.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

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.

LEAN FORWARD!!!
 

39 Comments
  1. harry p. says:

    hahaha,
    you beat me to it, i just read about the “promise zones” and did a post for it.

    what a fucking joke, the govt cycle as of now:
    tax more, spend more, fail, blame, tax more, spend more, fail, etc….ad infinitum.

    this is one of those days when the collapse can’t come soon enough.

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    9th January 2014 at 10:20 am

  2. Ron says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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    9th January 2014 at 10:26 am

  3. harry p. says:

    Ron,
    it is each person’s responsibility to fix their own problems

    the problems in Mantua are because people expect others to provide for them adn the govt has provided just that by sticking the barrel of a gun in the face of the rest of us to gather funding.

    the solution is simple, stop helping people who wont’ help themselves and greatly limit (ideally it would be abolished) coercive government. the solution is to not let government try and find a solution. the majority of the remaining issues will work themselves out if implemented.
    .

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    9th January 2014 at 10:32 am

  4. treemagnet says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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    9th January 2014 at 10:34 am

  5. DaveL says:

    Count your blessings Jim. This is a reprieve for you for a few years. Your community has escaped the hordes of marauders that would be swarming into your home if they didn’t get this “Barry Boost”.

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    9th January 2014 at 11:04 am

  6. Stigmation says:

    My old neighborhood Kensington Philadelphia. Hell some of the shots were of my old street.
    What a sad state considering what it was in the 50s and 60s. The 70s started the transformation.

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    9th January 2014 at 11:10 am

  7. Sensetti says:

    Ron says: But I am wondering what some of your ideas would be to fix the problems of society. Calling people lazy drug dealing bums is easy to do.

    Ron you are correct it’s time to make some tuff choices. Let’s load these parasites on boats and ship them back to the land of their ancestors. Now that would make this country a better place to live, crime rates would plummet. But to be fair we will pay them five years of welfare transfers up front to help them make a new start.

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    9th January 2014 at 11:48 am

  8. TPC says:

    @Ron – “How do we motivate members of society to actually contribute for the benefit of the country?”

    Remove the massive welfare state. SNAP should cover eggs, milk, bread, beans, rice and some vegetables/fruit.

    It shouldn’t cover lobster, steak, or fast food.

    Obamaphones shouldn’t exist. Section 8 shouldn’t exist.

    A comprehensive list would take time that I do not have, but you get the idea. Stop handing out free shit, and start putting in place effort.

    At least FDR required people to work for their free shit.

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    9th January 2014 at 11:57 am

  9. Kill Bill says:

    Im sure Krugman is going to be sent out on the sunday morning hamster wheel to spout the greatness of government spending.

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    9th January 2014 at 11:57 am

  10. chicago999444 says:

    Fading Section 8 and ALL other housing subsidies, whether for renters or home owners, would do more to lower housing costs for the working poor (most working people) and help the millenials just out of the gate, than any other action the government could take.

    Rents, and the prices of homes that are tied to rents, would absolutely crash.

    It won’t happen, though, because too many slumlords are getting rich running slums with section 8 subsidies.

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    9th January 2014 at 12:20 pm

  11. KaD says:

    You can take the people out of the ghetto but you can’t take the ghetto out of the people. Changing the façade will change nothing.

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    9th January 2014 at 12:27 pm

  12. Steve Hogan says:

    Enough with the hand-outs. It’s time to put these lazy fucks to work. If the government is going to steal my money to feed these low-lifes, it should be controlled, not through a plastic card that can be swiped to pay for God knows what, but with an actual pay-for-work program.

    I’m thinking we pay unemployed college grads minimum wage to administer the program. They take roll every day to ensure the “needy” get their asses out of bed. They’re given tasks under strict supervision: pick up litter, sweep sidewalks, eliminate graffiti, etc.

    After a few hours of this, they sit down to a basic meal. No junk food and Coke. If they want that crap, they can get a goddamn job. Then, in the afternoon, they do more of the same to earn an evening meal. No thrills, no frills, no leisure. Hard, dirty work in exchange for food. No work, no food. Simple.

    Maybe the millions of lazy bums will discover that life is not one big vacation to be paid for by suckers like me who earn my keep. Maybe in the process they’ll also lose the maddening sense of entitlement and find a little self-respect for having done something positive for the first time in their miserable lives.

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    9th January 2014 at 12:30 pm

  13. Pirate Jo says:

    “How do we motivate members of society to actually contribute for the benefit of the country?”

    Who is this “we” of whom you casually speak? I respect the right of any individual to be a lazy drug-dealing bum and would prefer to leave them alone.

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    9th January 2014 at 12:32 pm

  14. Pirate Jo says:

    And here goes Steve Hogan, dishing out the “we.” “We” put people to work, “we” pay unemployed college grads. Why must “we” do anything? Why must it always fall upon “us?” What if “we” simply stopped doing ANYTHING but minding our own business and taking care of our own jobs and families and backyards?

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    9th January 2014 at 12:34 pm

  15. underfire says:

    This is a right on summary by Admin.

    Beginning in the late seventies I served on a volunteer ambulance service, serving a small part of far northern Calif and Southern Oregon. Of course I got an inside view of how people lived who had called for us.

    Calif. decided to build state financed housing for the poor, in Tulelake. Within a couple years this government housing was mostly trashed, trim torn off, holes in walls, filthy. I knew a guy that was paid by the Gov. to rebuild after these people moved on and before the next ones moved in. Those people were also by far the biggest users and abusers of the health care system. Our service had to charge triple to make up for the no pays.

    That time was a eye opener for me, admin is not just a radical idealist he’s exactly correct.

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    9th January 2014 at 12:35 pm

  16. treemagnet says:

    @11:10, just watched that. I’m speechless. I’m a lilly white dude that thinks getting crazy is too many gin/tonics. I can’t believe the generational aspect to this – and they vote?

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    9th January 2014 at 1:04 pm

  17. AWD says:

    “There are communities in this country where no matter how hard you work, it is virtually impossible to get ahead, Obama said”

    Obama is talking about white communities here, because his black communities don’t work, because they don’t have to work (they get paid not to). For people that actually have jobs, no matter how hard you work, you’re going to be taxed to death to pay for free shit for ObamaVoters and democrat slave plantation residents.

    For crissakes, it’s not bad enough we’ve pissed away $20 trillion dollars, and the poverty rate is exactly the same as 50 years ago. Hey Obama, you dumb motherfucker, maybe it’s not working. And his solution? He’s increased welfare spending by 45% since taking office. And now pissing away another $5 billion.

    Nobody ever solves the real problem. Why the fuck would people actually go to work when they can sit home, smoke dope, drink 40′s, reproduce, and watch BET (and get paid to do so)? It’s never going to end until the socialists run out of other people’s money, end of story.

    It’s called the “promise” program, because Obama promises to give them billions if they promise to riot when he tells them to. And they promise to reproduce as much and as fast as possible, and promise to continue committing crime, and promise to keep voting for democrats. Anything to scare whitey and appease liberal guilt. What a fucking joke.

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    9th January 2014 at 1:51 pm

  18. Administrator says:

    MANTUA FACTS:

    •The median household income is $19,765 versus $50,000 in the U.S. (this means 50% of the households make less than $19,765)

    •Only 14% of the households are occupied by married couples versus 48% in the U.S.

    •30% of the households are occupied by single mothers.

    •36% of the residents did not graduate high school, with another 35% not going further than high school.

    •The average value of the decaying row houses in the neighborhood is less than $40,000.

    •The crime rate is three times the national average.

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    9th January 2014 at 2:20 pm

  19. AWD says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9o1556cO7pg

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    9th January 2014 at 2:26 pm

  20. TPC says:

    I hate Rep. Sheila Lee. Truly.

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    9th January 2014 at 2:49 pm

  21. IndenturedServant says:

    admin, I’d be curious to know what it costs to rent/buy one of those store fronts in Mantua compared to what it costs to rent/buy a similar sized space within a block or two of Mantua.
    I_S

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    9th January 2014 at 3:02 pm

  22. Stucky says:

    After reading the responses, I have a clearer understanding of who qualifies as a dumbass. Admin isn’t one of them however, he clearly doesn’t understand the Wonderful Working Power of money. He needs to get in touch with his inner promise zone.
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    ADMIN: “The median household income is $19,765 versus $50,000 in the U.S. (this means 50% of the households make less than $19,765)”

    ME: Get a clue! MORE MONEY will fix the problem!!
    —————————-

    ADMIN: “Only 14% of the households are occupied by married couples versus 48% in the U.S.

    ME: Get a clue! MORE MONEY will fix the problem!!
    —————————-

    ADMIN: “30% of the households are occupied by single mothers.

    ME: Get a clue! MORE MONEY will fix the problem!!
    —————————-

    ADMIN: “36% of the residents did not graduate high school, with another 35% not going further than high school.

    ME: Get a clue! MORE MONEY will fix the problem!!
    —————————-

    ADMIN: “The average value of the decaying row houses in the neighborhood is less than $40,000.

    ME: Get a clue! MORE MONEY will fix the problem!!
    —————————-

    ADMIN: “The crime rate is three times the national average.

    ME: Get a clue! MORE MONEY will fix the problem!!

    —————————-

    ME: “I’m really starting to hate this place. I wish we lived in another country.”

    MS FREUD: “Me too”

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    9th January 2014 at 3:04 pm

  23. Administrator says:

    IS

    Sorry. Those store fronts are only available to black entrepreneurs, lesbians, and union members.

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    9th January 2014 at 3:10 pm

  24. AWD says:

    We must change the name of an increasingly unpopular program to make it more attractive to the masses, so they’ll feel better about being a part of it and not have those uncontrollable, unnatural urges to try and do anything for themselves.

    Food Stamps = Supplemental Nutrition Assistance.

    Spending = Investment

    Tax Hikes = Increasing revenue

    Abortion = Choice

    Juvenile Offenders = Children

    Poverty, Crime, Disease = Results of Republican policies

    Obamacare = When healthcare.gov is running without any glitches and millions have enrolled over a short time and zillions more are finally receiving health care they never had before.

    Affordable Care Act, or ACA: When healthcare.gov is down and people receive cancellation notices from their insurance companies.

    I could go on, but those are just a few examples.

    Transitional Living Fund is a wonderful name, encompassing two pillars of our Progressive values—Change and Funding.

    “Transitional” means “Change” which leads to “Progress.” And Progress, in addition to Change and Hope, is what the Party is all about. Progress is the result of constant Change, even of names, and Hope that always is because as long as we have Hope, we not only have reason to Change, but to demand more Funding, because without Funding there can be no Change—and ultimately, no Progress.

    Progress, by its very definition, never stops. And that’s why Funding doesn’t, either!

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    9th January 2014 at 3:18 pm

  25. ss says:

    As I mentioned before, most who visit and post on this site are already informed about what’s going on with our economy regardless of location.

    The jobs numbers, claims of “low inflation”, and economic “recovery” are all false and many already know this. We may disagree on various issues but I suspect most posters here agree that we are heading for economic catastrophe at some point (perhaps sooner than later) because of bad trade deals that have sent almost 6 million good jobs to other countries since 1993 and because all we are doing is accumulating massive debt.

    There is no way any economy can prosper (or avoid economic collapse) based on the charade that things are getting better when they are not for most citizens.

    Collapse may be triggered by many things (lack of growth of good jobs, debt, baby boomer retirement peak, inflation, energy costs, government mismanagement, etc.) but until this time, citizens who recognize the danger to our future must do all they can to try to inform as many others as they can to these problems by posting to many other sites and discussion among family, friends – anyone who will listen.

    If this effort isn’t made we are virtually guaranteed to end up with civil unrest. Some believe this outcome is inevitable but until this happens, it’s up to informed citizens here and across our country to do whatever they can to wake others up to the crucial need to drastically reform government, get our crushing debt under control, and grow the kinds of jobs that allow most to earn a decent living within their financial means based on their demographics.

    Without this, the end of our country is a real possibility.

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    9th January 2014 at 3:59 pm

  26. IndenturedServant says:

    Admin, I was going to ask you to jot down the prop. management phone number for me and I’d call and ask but I’m too white.
    I_S

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    9th January 2014 at 4:09 pm

  27. Administrator says:

    IS

    The landlord is The Philadelphia Housing Authority. You can call them between 3:10 and 3:12 every other Thursday. They are very busy.

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    9th January 2014 at 4:24 pm

  28. Llpoh says:

    Woohoo – Choctaws getting us some free shit! Attaboy, Obama! You are the greatest!

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    9th January 2014 at 6:29 pm

  29. Llpoh says:

    So, the residents of an area destroy what was once a thriving area, and the answer is to rebuild it so that the ignorant savages can destroy it again.

    Makes sense to me.

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    9th January 2014 at 6:31 pm

  30. IndenturedServant says:

    LOL! That is some funny shit admin and probably more accurate than we know.
    I_S

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    9th January 2014 at 6:34 pm

  31. IndenturedServant says:

    llpoh, are Choctaw and Pottawatomie Indians from the same area? My sister in-law is the latter but she is from WI.
    I_S

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    9th January 2014 at 6:39 pm

  32. Llpoh says:

    IS – nope. Potawatomi are from Wisconsin, Northern Mississippi River region. Choctaw were from Florida and Mississippi until Andrew Jackoff killed a lot of them by forcing them into Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. Choctaw sure did well in that exchange. Lost their homeland, died in the snow, and did not get a rez in Oklahoma. One of the greatest crimes ever perpetrated by the US.

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    9th January 2014 at 6:48 pm

  33. DGH says:

    I hope the link works. But please take the time to read this short history of Mantua. And then explain how the fuck a Promise Zone will work in a place like this.

    http://www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/features/wphila/neighborhoods/mantua_garofalo.pdf

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    9th January 2014 at 7:08 pm

  34. Treemagnet says:

    You monkeys clearly don’t get sarcasm and support for admin…..read it again.

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    9th January 2014 at 8:48 pm

  35. Llpoh says:

    Treemagnet – sarcasm is oft wasted on the monkeys. Get used to it. They fling poo first, ask questions later.

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    9th January 2014 at 10:23 pm

  36. Administrator says:

    “The aim of public education is not] to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. . . . Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim . . . is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States. . . . “

    H.L. Mencken

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    9th January 2014 at 10:26 am

  37. Billy says:

    That was me at 17:13… Billy

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    9th January 2014 at 5:14 pm

  38. Billy says:

    IS

    “BTW, did you see my post on Back pain……….I wrote it with you in mind.”
    I_S

    I’ve been away for a few days… dealing with shit.

    Got a link?

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    9th January 2014 at 8:26 pm

  39. IndenturedServant says:

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/01/08/back-pain-i-gotz-wut-u-needz/

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    9th January 2014 at 8:32 pm

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