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Trump HUMILIATES One Of His Arch “#nevertrump” Enemies


President-elect Donald Trump just settled a score with one of his rivals.
During the presidential campaign, Trump and GOP primary opponent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich “waged a war of words,” as the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
As Reported by Western Journalism:
Kasich refused to endorse Trump or even vote for him after he secured the party’s nomination. The Trump campaign, in turn, said the governor was acting “petulant” and “embarrassing his party in Ohio.”
On Friday, Trump got some revenge when Trump supporter Jane Timken defeated the Kasich-supported incumbent Matt Borges to become Ohio Republican Party chairwoman.
Borges criticized Trump during the presidential campaign but eventually supported him in the general election.
Timken actively supported the Trump campaign, raising $1 million for it.
Both Trump and Kasich manned the phones in an effort to influence members of the Ohio Republican State Central Committee tasked with voting for the chairman.
One member, Greg Simpson, said he was surprised to receive a call from Trump about the contest, adding that the president-elect “was very nice, very cordial,” and didn’t pressure him.
Simpson, who owns a trucking company, said most of the call was about building infrastructure for the trucking industry.
Timken downplayed the “proxy fight” between Trump and Kasich as the reason for her victory.

SHEPARD SMITH GOES AFTER TRUMP

TIME TO FIRE SHEPARD SMITH AND SEND HIM TO MSMBC

When Megyn Kelly left Fox News, the single most liberal host left on the network now is probably Shepard Smith. But, judging by what he said recently, he may soon leave the network.When Trump stood up to CNN reporter Jum Acosta on Wednesday during his first press conference saying that his organization is “fake news”, millions of conservatives across the nation supported Trump for his bold statement, but Shepard Smith decided to stand by Acosta, disparaging the president-elect for his behavior toward the CNN journalist

“President-Elect Trump today told CNN’s Jim Acosta that his organization amounts to fake news. CNN’s exclusive reporting on the Russian matter was separate and distinctly different from the document dump executed by an online news property,” said the Fox host. “Though we at Fox News cannot confirm CNN’s report, it is our observation that its correspondents follow journalistic standards and that neither they nor any other journalists should be subjected to belittling or delegitimizing by the President-elect of the United States.”

Shepard Smith overlooked CNN’s pushed, uncorroborated narrative about Trump making clandestine deals with Russia and allegations that the president-elect has met with prostitutes. The story has been neglected by many media networks, and somehow, CNN decided to report it as solid proof.

A lot of Fox News followers were infuriated by Smith’s comments and took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction.

FBI Director Comey Took Millions from Clinton Foundation Defense Contractor

BY TIM BROWN
FBI Director Comey Took Millions from Clinton Foundation Defense
Is anyone surprised by this corruption? When FBI Director James Comey said that the organization would not be seeking to bring charges against Hillary Clinton over her illegal email server, anyone paying attention knew there was a deep level of corruption. Now, it’s been made clear. James Comey received millions of dollars from the corrupt Clinton Foundation, and his brother’s law firm also does the Clinton’s taxes.

According to a letter sent by 200 Republicans who stated Clinton “clearly placed our nation’s secrets in peril,” Comey was asked why he would not bring charges against her. “No one is above the law, and the American people deserve a more robust explanation for your decision to not recommend criminal charges.”

MiniPlanet reports:

A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe.
These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.
In the report, Comey is noted as receiving $6 million in one year along from Lockheed Martin, who is a Clinton Foundation donor, and became a donor in the same year Comey received those funds.

Additionally, Mr. Comey became a board member, a director, and a Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee member of the London bank HSBC Holdings in 2013. HSBC has also partnered with The Clinton Foundation, where records indicate that the bank projected $1 billion in financing through the Clinton Foundation for “retrofitting” 1,500 to 2,000 housing units to conserve energy.

Additionally, Peter Comey, James’ brother, serves as “Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas” for DLA Piper, according to the report.

DLA Piper is number five on Hillary Clinton’s all-time career Top Contributors list. DLA also performed an independent audit of The Clinton Foundation in November.

So, is anyone else going to question the motives of FBI Director Comey when it comes to failing to call for charges against Hillary Clinton regarding her blatant disregard for the law, national security and the American people? I think not.

FBI Director Comey Took Millions from Clinton Foundation Defense Contractor

Is anyone surprised by this corruption? When FBI Director James Comey said that the organization would not be seeking to bring charges against Hillary Clinton over her illegal email server, anyone paying attention knew there was a deep level of corruption. Now, it’s been made clear. James Comey received millions of dollars from the corrupt Clinton Foundation, and his brother’s law firm also does the Clinton’s taxes.

According to a letter sent by 200 Republicans who stated Clinton “clearly placed our nation’s secrets in peril,” Comey was asked why he would not bring charges against her. “No one is above the law, and the American people deserve a more robust explanation for your decision to not recommend criminal charges.”

MiniPlanet reports:

A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe.

These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.
In the report, Comey is noted as receiving $6 million in one year along from Lockheed Martin, who is a Clinton Foundation donor, and became a donor in the same year Comey received those funds.

Additionally, Mr. Comey became a board member, a director, and a Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee member of the London bank HSBC Holdings in 2013. HSBC has also partnered with The Clinton Foundation, where records indicate that the bank projected $1 billion in financing through the Clinton Foundation for “retrofitting” 1,500 to 2,000 housing units to conserve energy.

Additionally, Peter Comey, James’ brother, serves as “Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas” for DLA Piper, according to the report.

DLA Piper is number five on Hillary Clinton’s all-time career Top Contributors list. DLA also performed an independent audit of The Clinton Foundation in November.

So, is anyone else going to question the motives of FBI Director Comey when it comes to failing to call for charges against Hillary Clinton regarding her blatant disregard for the law, national security and the American people? I think not.

DIRTY, DIRTY, DIRTY – KERRY’S STATE DEPT. FUNNELED MORE THAN $9 MILLION TO HIS DAUGHTER’S FOUNDATION

We’ve had so many years of this mess! It’s one tiring scandal after the next coming out of the government? So, then – WHY Hillary? Seriously – WHY? Don’t Americans want change?

The Daily Caller reports – More than $9 million of Department of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.

The Department of State funded a Peace Corps program created by Dr. Vanessa Kerry and officials from both agencies, records show. The Peace Corps then awarded the money without competition to a nonprofit Kerry created for the program.

Initially, the Peace Corps awarded Kerry’s group — now called Seed Global Health — with a three-year contract worth $2 million of State Department money on Sept. 10, 2012, documents show. Her father was then the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which oversees both the Department of State and the Peace Corps.

Read More: http://dailycaller.com

KERRY’S DAUGHTER GOT SIX FIGURE SALARY FROM ORG FUNDED BY DADDY

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Some folks are born to wave the flag, others are born to be the daughter of an anti-war traitor senator collecting six figures from an organization funded by the part of government that daddy happens to run.

More than $9 million of Department of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.

The Department of State funded a Peace Corps program created by Dr. Vanessa Kerry and officials from both agencies, records show. The Peace Corps then awarded the money without competition to a nonprofit Kerry created for the program.

Initially, the Peace Corps awarded Kerry’s group — now called Seed Global Health — with a three-year contract worth $2 million of State Department money on Sept. 10, 2012, documents show. Her father was then the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which oversees both the Department of State and the Peace Corps.

Seed secured a four-year extension in September 2015, again without competition. This time, the Peace Corps gave the nonprofit $6.4 million provided by the Department of State while John Kerry was secretary of state.

What did this mean for Vanessa?

Kerry drew a salary from Seed for the first time in 2014. She was the only officer listed on the nonprofit’s 990 tax form to receive compensation — some $140,000 for a reported 30 hours per week.

By this time, daddy was Secretary of State. Which was certainly convenient. It’s also interesting when you have an organization with only one compensated officer.
What does Kerry’s organization do? It exploits student debt to recruit volunteers.

Recognizing that many US health professionals face financial barriers to service, Seed offers the only US loan repayment program for international service. The average US physician graduates from medical school today with more than $170,000 in educational debt; other applicants may have home mortgages or other obligations that would make a GHSP assignment impossible or difficult to accept. Seed believes that debt should not be a barrier to public service and provides up to $30,000 in needs-based assistance for each year served.

You know, debt for people who unlike Vanessa Kerry weren’t born with a silver spoon in their mouths. So they get to do “volunteer” slave labor.

Vanessa Kerry was last in the headlines due to her Iran link.

WHO HIRED THIS IDIOT -John Kerry: The Bible Commands America To Protect Muslims From Global Warming

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Kerry begins this speech by stating that someone named ‘Shriek’ had drafted a strategy for American and Muslim relations. Who this Shriek is exactly is unknown, but apparently his words ‘religion matters’ is ‘a mantra in the State Dept’.

Kerry continues stating that ‘our faiths’ referring to Christianity and Islam are ‘inextricably linked’.

Kerry’s words are bizarre, to say the least. It’s basically a half-baked attempt to forge an affinity for Islam, and is a statement that the U.S. is now acquiescing to the Muslim Brotherhood, who has successfully infiltrated the United States to a great degree.
Stating that we have an obligation to protect Muslims from global warming seems like something out of the Twilight Zone series, only he’s not writing for T.V.

DIRTY, DIRTY, SLIMLY DEMOCRATS -Look Who’s Getting That Bank Settlement Cash

Tens of millions of dollars disguised as ‘consumer relief’ are going to liberal political groups

GANGSTERS AND CROOKS

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By ANDY KOENIG

Imagine if the president of the United States forced America’s biggest banks to funnel hundreds of millions—and potentially billions—of dollars to the corporations and lobbyists who supported his agenda, all while calling it “Main Street Relief.” The public outcry would rightly be deafening. Yet the Obama administration has used a similar strategy to enrich its political allies, advance leftist pet projects, and protect its legacy—and hardly anyone has noticed.

The administration’s multiyear campaign against the banking industry has quietly steered money to organizations and politicians who are working to ensure liberal policy and political victories at every level of government. The conduit for this funding is the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, a coalition of federal and state regulators and prosecutors created in 2012 to “identify, investigate, and prosecute instances of wrongdoing” in the residential mortgage-backed securities market. In conjunction with the Justice Department, the RMBS Working Group has reached multibillion-dollar settlements with essentially every major bank in America.

The most recent came in April when the Justice Department announced a $5.1 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs. In February Morgan Stanley agreed to a $3.2 billion settlement. Previous targets were Citigroup ($7 billion), J.P. Morgan Chase ($13 billion), and Bank of America, which in 2014 reached the largest civil settlement in American history at $16.65 billion. Smaller deals with other banks have also been announced.

Combined, the banks must divert well over $11 billion into “consumer relief,” which is supposed to benefit homeowners harmed during the Great Recession. Yet it is unknown how much, if any, of the banks’ settlement money will find its way to individual homeowners. Instead, a substantial portion is allocated to private, nonprofit organizations drawn from a federally approved list. Some groups on the list—Catholic Charities, for instance—are relatively nonpolitical. Others—La Raza, the National Urban League, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and more—are anything but.

This is a handout to the administration’s allies. Many of these groups engage in voter registration, community organizing and lobbying on liberal policy priorities at every level of government. They also provide grants to other liberal groups not eligible for payouts under the settlements. Thanks to the Obama administration, and the fungibility of money, the settlements’ beneficiaries can now devote hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to these activities.

The settlements also give banks a financial incentive to fund these groups. Most of the deals give double credit or more against the settlement amount for every dollar in “donations.” Bank of America’s donation list—the only bank to disclose exactly where it sends its money—shows how this benefits liberal groups. The bank has so far given at least $1.15 million to the National Urban League, which counts as if it were $2.6 million against the bank’s settlement. Similarly, $1.5 million to La Raza takes $3.5 million off the total amount of “consumer relief” owed by the bank. There are scores of other examples.

Our analysis of over 80 beneficiaries from Bank of America’s settlement shows that they received, on average, more than 10% of their 2015 budgets from the bank. When other bank checks are added, the amount funneled to these organizations is guaranteed to rise. And the banks have multiple years to pay their total penalties, meaning some liberal interest groups can count on additional funding for years—and election cycles—to come.

As part of their “consumer relief” penalties, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase must also pay a minimum $75 million to Community Development Financial Institutions—taxpayer-funded groups propped up by the Obama administration as an alternative to payday lenders. “Housing Counseling Agencies” also get at least $30 million. This essentially circumvents Congress’s recent decision to cut $43 million in federal funds routed to these groups through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The politicians who negotiate the settlements as part of the RMBS Working Group have also directed money to their supporters and states. Illinois’s Democratic attorney general Lisa Madigan announced she had secured $22.5 million from February’s Morgan Stanley deal for her state’s debt-ridden pension funds—a blatant payout to public unions. The deals with J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup yielded a further $344 million for both “consumer relief” and direct payments to pension funds.

New York hit the jackpot too. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, also a Democrat and chairman of the RMBS Working Group, arranged for Morgan Stanley to fork over $400 million to New York nonprofits and $150 million to the state.

Despite the best efforts of a few principled legislators late last year, Congress missed an opportunity to amend the Justice Department’s funding bill to stop further handouts. Lawmakers now have another opportunity as Congress enters budget negotiation for fiscal year 2017. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) introduced a bill in April that would prevent government officials from enforcing settlements that funnel money to third parties, and it needs to gain wider traction with his colleagues. The political shakedowns disguised as public service must end.

Mr. Koenig is senior policy adviser at Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce.

Capitalism is not to blame for exorbitant rise in price of EpiPen

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Capitalism is not to blame for exorbitant rise in price of EpiPen
Or the price of much of anything else, for that matter

The outrage of the week is the exorbitant rise in the cost of the EpiPen Auto-Injector. Predictably, the progressive left immediately jumped into full battle mode and trotted out its favorite boogie – capitalism. And just as predictably, they are looking to government to fix it.

The price to cash-paying customers for EpiPens is up some 600 percent to 700 percent over the past decade, with cash customers paying as much as $840 for a two-pack – though coupons are available that would bring the price down to around $650. (Hoping to dampen criticism and head off congressional hearings, Mylan announced yesterday it would begin offering a savings card to reduce the cost by as much as $300.) This is for a $2 ($4 for a two-pack) dose of medicine – a medicine available in Canada for about $100 without a prescription.

So EpiPen maker Mylan is coming under the scrutiny of the congressweasels – although that scrutiny has been tempered by the revelation that Mylan’s CEO Heather Bresch is the daughter of Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Over the last several days, Senators Chuck Grassley, Amy Klobuchar and Richard Blumenthal and Representative Elijah Cummings and others have called for information, investigations and explanations from and of Mylan. Klobuchar and Blumenthal are calling for price fixing – a form of collectivism that always fails and leads to shortages and more corruption.

If that’s where they’re looking, they’re looking in the wrong place.

In the years 2012 and 2013, Mylan spent about $4 million lobbying Congress and the Food and Drug Administration. The result is a defacto monopoly on epinephrine injectors. The FDA’s rules require companies with competing injectors to exceed the specifications required by Mylan, and so far the FDA has killed or stymied almost every potential competitor that’s come along. One epinephrine injector allowed into the market is dubbed “inferior” and rarely prescribed.

In 2013 Congress passed the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act that provides schools with financial incentives (read money from the federal treasury) to stock epinephrine injectors in case of emergency. The approved injectors are EpiPens, of course. The primary lobbying group pushing the bill was the group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). The primary corporate sponsor of FARE is Mylan.

EpiPens have an FDA-mandated one-year expiration meaning, whether used or not, patients are cowed into tossing their old ones in the trash and replacing them and the doctors write new prescriptions each year. The government, through Medicare and Medicaid, pay whatever Mylan decrees the price to be, sans applicable deductibles.

Government meddling in the insurance market – first simply through the regulatory process and via Medicaid and Medicare and now through Obamacare – has completely distorted the pricing structure of health procedures, physician charges and pharmaceutical prices.

In fact, government meddles in the price of everything through the obscene regulatory structure, the tax structure, via subsidies and price supports and corporate welfare, all of which drive up the prices of products and services. This is especially true of most of the foods you buy: from sugar to rice to chicken to raisins.

America is not a capitalist system and has not been for more than 100 years… nor is there one in existence much of anywhere. What there is is a marriage between big government and big business. It’s called fascism – or it was in Italy. And now we have the same thing.

It is state capitalism or monopoly capitalism and, with only very small variations, the whole world is on this system.

Bureaucratic tyranny is as bad in the U.S. as it was in fascist Italy, national socialist Germany or communist Russia. It’s just more sophisticated and the media and the public (non)education system has sold it as democracy and capitalism.

DIRTY HILLARY CNN’s – HLN Cancels ‘Dr. Drew’ Days After He Expressed Concerns Over Hillary’s Health

CNN canceled Dr. Drew Pinsky’s long-running primetime program on HLN Thursday, just a week after the board certified physician and media personality expressed he was “gravely concerned” about Hillary Clinton’s health.

CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz broke the news Thursday afternoon, abruptly announcing that Dr. Drew On Call would end its five-year run next month.

“Dr. Drew and I have mutually agreed to air the final episode of his show on September 22,” Jautz said in a statement. “Dr. Drew and his team have delivered more than five years of creative shows and I want to thank them for their hard work and distinctive programming.”
Jautz continued: “Their audience-driven shows, in particular, were innovative and memorable TV. And Dr. Drew has been an authoritative voice on addiction and on many other topical issues facing America today.”

“It has been a privilege working at HLN,” Pinsky said in a separate statement Thursday. “My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional. I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”

HLN, which is operated by CNN, is reportedly rebooting its entire primetime lineup. However, the sudden announcement is conspicuous for some, considering Pinsky grabbed headlines a week ago for expressing concerns over Clinton’s ability to serve as president.
Pinsky appeared on KABC’s McIntyre in the Morning show on Tuesday Aug. 16, where he was asked to debunk theories about Clinton’s health.

Instead, Dr. Drew broke rank with his mainstream media colleagues — who have been anxiously attempting to sweep such questions under the rug — when he gave an assessment of the presidential nominee that seemed to validate concerns raised by GOP nominee Donald Trump and others.

Pinsky explained that he and his colleague, Dr. Robert Huizenga, also shared concerns about Clinton’s overall health, but also shared opinions about the quality medical care she has been receiving.

“Both of us concluded that if we were providing the care she was receiving, we would be ashamed to show up in a doctors’ lounge,” Pinsky said. “We would be laughed out. She’s receiving sort of 1950s-level care by our evaluation.”
After reviewing the few Clinton medical records that have been made public, Pinsky added he feels Clinton suffers from hypothyroidism, and that she is receiving “bizarre” and outdated treatments.

The original KABC broadcast of the segment is now unavailable, however Pinsky’s comments can be heard on the video below.

CNN, which had been largely ignoring questions about Clinton’s health before Dr. Drew’s comments, spent Thursday morning instead discussing Trump’s health.

The company also ran a story on its website Thursday headlined: “Clinton’s health is fine, but what about Trump?”

Dr. Drew Pinsky will air his final HLN show on Sep. 22, at which point the network will seek to find a permanent replacement. In the interim, Dr. Drew On Call will be replaced by reruns of the popular crime documentary series Forensic Files, and reruns of CNN original programming.

HOW THE DEMOCRATS TURNED MILWAUKEE INTO A CESSPOOL

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Tuesday in riot-torn Milwaukee, Donald Trump pointed out a very blunt and irrefutable truth: “The Democratic Party has run nearly every inner city in this country for 50 years, and run them into … ruin,” with “crime policies, education policies, and economic policies [that] have produced only more crime, more broken homes, and more poverty.” And indeed, wherever we look—Atlanta, Camden, Newark, St. Louis, Chicago, Flint, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington—we see one-party cities that are crumbling testaments to the awesome power of bad ideas. Specifically, Trump referenced “the situation right here in Milwaukee, a city run by Democrats for decade after decade,” citing its high rates of homicide, joblessness, poverty, and educational failure.

But Milwaukee wasn’t always like this. It was once a prosperous metropolis with a host of thriving industries, particularly renowned for its breweries and manufacturing. Modern-day Democrats and their leftist allies, however, snuffed out those good-ol’-days like a jackboot on a cigarette butt. Every mayor of Milwaukee since 1960 has been a Democrat, and the one who served just prior to 1960 was Frank Paul Zeidler, an open Socialist. Overseeing the large-scale construction of public housing as a means of promoting racial and economic justice, Zeidler spoke out forcefully in favor of what he termed “public enterprise,” the notion that government could uplift the condition of the poor via the efficient dispensation of taxpayer-funded public services—a theory that quickly became an article of faith among Democrats.

Milwaukee’s black population nearly quintupled during the course of Zeidler’s twelve-year mayoralty, and the burgeoning civil-rights movement began to make its presence felt in the city. But local black radicals, allied ideologically with the black militancy that was sweeping many American cities in the Sixties, became wholly dissatisfied with what they viewed as the inadequate pace of racial reforms. And in the summer of 1967 the race riots that rocked Detroit and Newark sparked a similar outburst in Milwaukee.

In response to the rioting, Democrat Henry Maier, who served as mayor of Milwaukee from 1960-88, swiftly unveiled a “39-Point Program” designed to address the inner-city problems of poverty and racism that liberal Democrats widely cited as the causes of the riots. Alternatively dubbed the “Little Marshall Plan,” this program sought to enlist government at all levels—local, state, and federal—to pour rivers of cash into initiatives like housing construction, youth programs, and “community renewal,” as a means of pacifying an angry populace. But in the eyes of local black leftists, it was too little, too late. As Vel Phillips, a black member of Milwaukee’s Common Council, said in April 1968, the mayor’s 39-point program had failed to demonstrate any “visible effect on the root causes” of ghetto unrest. “I don’t believe in violence,” added Phillips, “… but we’d all better realize that many young Negroes have reached the point where they’re ready and willing to die because they figure they have nothing to lose.”

When the Sixties ended, Milwaukee was still known chiefly for its manufacturing industry. But as the cost of manufacturing in the U.S. skyrocketed in subsequent decades—in large measure because of the unsustainably lavish deals that pro-Democrat unions repeatedly negotiated on behalf of their dues-paying members—many of these businesses elected to move their operations abroad. Between 1970 and 2011, Milwaukee lost no fewer than 40% of its manufacturing jobs—a trend that dealt a severe economic blow to the entire city. Today, per capita income in Milwaukee is $19,636 (32% below the national average); median household income is $35,489 (33% below the national average); and the poverty rate is 29.4% (nearly double the national average).

While joblessness and poverty plague the lives of so many Milwaukeeans, the ever-present threat of crime may be an even larger affliction for them. Milwaukee today has a violent crime rate that is 4 times higher than the national average.

The children of Milwaukee, meanwhile, have their own heavy cross to bear. Though the city’s public school system annually spends some $14,599 (about one-third more than the national average) in taxpayer funds on the education of each K-12 student in its jurisdiction, the overall high-school graduation rate in the Milwaukee Public Schools is a paltry 60.6%—far below Wisconsin’s 88% statewide average. On standardized National Assessment Of Educational Progress tests administered to measure students’ academic abilities in math and reading, Milwaukee students perform abysmally.

In 1990 the Wisconsin State Legislature passed a bill creating the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), a voucher initiative that has proven to be highly successful and cost-effective. But the Democrat-aligned teachers unions have fought tooth-and-nail against the MPCP, smearing voucher programs as “slash and burn” measures designed to “destroy public schools.”

In short, Milwaukee is a city that has been mismanaged into the ground by leftist Democrats and their uncompromising belief in high taxes, massive public spending, and soft-on-crime policies founded upon the twin pedestals of white guilt and black infantilization.

If a cesspool of poverty, crime, and ignorance, like Milwaukee, has been a one-party city for decade upon decade, isn’t the cause of its plight rather obvious?