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One Thing Hillary Clinton Should Know About Poverty In Cities

While delivering remarks yesterday at the ultra-liberal Center for American Progress, Hillary spoke about the need to solve the crises of inequality in America’s major cities.

“A lot of our cities truly are divided,” Clinton said. “They have a lot of inequality that has only gotten worse. They have some of the most dynamic, well-educated, affluent people in the world and people who are trapped in generational poverty and whose skills are not keeping up with what the jobs of today and tomorrow demand.”

For once, Hillary is correct.

Numerous American cities are filled with people who are mired in economic stagnation. Some people are, indeed, trapped in “generational poverty.”

But what Hillary Clinton should know–especially if she wants to be president when she grows up–is that most of America’s major cities populated by people who are suffering from massive amounts of income inequality, are run by D E M O C R A T S.

Here’s a list of the top 20, as of 2013:

Comparing poverty rates and political affiliation in large U.S. cities

City % of people below poverty level Mayor Political party
Detroit, MI 42.3 David Bing Democrat
Cleveland, OH 36.1 Frank Jackson Democrat
Miami, FL 31.7 Tomás Regalado Republican
Fresno, CA 31.5 Ashley Swearengin Republican
Milwaukee, WI 29.9 Tom Barrett Democrat
Memphis, TN 28.3 A C Wharton Democrat
Philadelphia, PA 26.9 Michael Nutter Democrat
Tucson, AZ 26.7 Jonathan Rothschild Democrat
Atlanta, GA 25.8 Kasim Reed Democrat
Baltimore, MD 24.8 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Democrat
Phoenix, AZ 24.1 Greg Stanton Democrat
Chicago, IL 23.9 Rahm Emanuel Democrat
Dallas, TX 23.9 Mike Rawlings Democrat
Houston, TX 23.5 Annise Parker Democrat
Sacramento, CA 23.4 Kevin Johnson Democrat
Los Angeles, CA 23.3 Eric Garcetti Democrat
Long Beach, CA 22.9 Bob Foster Democrat
El Paso, TX 22.8 Oscar Leeser Democrat
Minneapolis, MN 22.7 R.T. Rybak Democrat
Indianapolis, IN 22.2 Gregory Ballard Republican

According to the list above, a whopping 17 out 20 cities with America’s highest poverty rates are run by Democrats who implement policies that Hillary Clinton says will stomp out poverty.

In fact, to the contrary of Hillary Clinton and the liberal drones supporting her, it’s Republican policies implemented by GOP governors that are lifting people out of poverty.

“Nine of the 10 fastest growing U.S. states in the fourth quarter of 2013 were controlled by Republicans governors,” according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The BLS on Wednesday released a state-by-state comparison of GDP growth.

What’s more, Democrats also run cities in America with the highest crime rates.

Go figure.

Hillary also said during her speech yesterday that “Cities are driving economic prosperity.”

She’s right. And most of those cities don’t have Democrats running them.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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