Government programs designed to help the poor have destroyed generations of American families, schools, and culture. One would think that repeated bad economic news and the downgrading of families that inhibit job growth would lead people to find a better solution to help them out of their impoverished condition.

Instead, they vote for the same type of politician who blames the wealthy, calls for tax increases, and wonders why poverty goes up, businesses move out, and crime and illegitimacy soar.

The following ten cities have a great deal in common. The first thing is their poverty level. The second is that they mostly have been governed by Democrats over the years.

  1. Detroit, Michigan – 36.4
  2. Cleveland, Ohio – 35.0
  3. Buffalo, New York – 28.8
  4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 27.0
  5. St. Louis, Missouri – 26.7
  6. Miami, Florida – 26.5
  7. Memphis, Tennessee – 26.2
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio – 25.7
  9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 25.0
  10. Newark, New Jersey – 23.9

“Milwaukee emerged as America’s fourth-most impoverished big city in 2009, as the Great Recession rippled across the city and state, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released” in September 2010. “Milwaukee’s poverty rate reached 27%, up from 23.4% in the previous year. Only Detroit (36.4%), Cleveland (35%) and Buffalo (28.8%) had higher poverty rates among cities with populations greater than 250,000. Milwaukee was ranked 11th in 2008.

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