Baltimore and Never Enough Money

A feature article in the Sunday Washington Post, headlined: “Why couldn’t $130 million transform one of Baltimore’s poorest places?” Well, why can’t $260 million or $520 million transform Baltimore’s poor places – or places in Newark or Philadelphia or Cleveland or East St. Louis or Detroit? The Post article refers to philanthropic money. But that $130 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the $22 trillion (that’s right, trillion) that has been spent to “end” poverty since the Great Society’s inception in the mid 1960s. Not all of that money has gone to poor black communities, but blacks have hardly been stinted.  The problems of America’s inner cities aren’t chiefly about money. The problems are much deeper. They go to fatherless homes and single, teenage welfare mothers. They go to kids running on mean streets, too many in gangs. They go to churches with empty pews. They go to...(Read Full Article)