Saturday, February 1, 2014
1) According to PBS's special on slavery and reconstruction, the African-American literacy rate in this country went from 5% in 1850 to over 70% by the turn of the century. This represents one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of human civilization and it was done primarily without the help of government (yes, there was some public schooling for blacks but it was a pittance when compared to what whites received, predominately funded by philanthropic organizations - the Peabody Fund being one, and rarely included secondary education). How's that?............2) The African-American poverty rate in 1940 was 87%. Just 20 years later in 1960 it had fallen all the way to 47%, a 46% reduction. This huge decline took place well before the Welfare State, well before affirmative action, and well before even the Civil Rights era. Take that, government.............3) Social spending in this country has skyrocketed during the last two administrations to the point where it now comprises approximately 20% of total GDP. Any person out there who tries to tell you that the social safety net has been seriously compromised is either a bald ignoramus or a dirty, stinking, lying sack of garbage, or both. Or both.