"So taxpayer revenue is used to hire sate workers, who are always unionized. Those state workers (who are unionized) must pay union dues. In many states, the deduction of dues is automatic. The employee does not write a check. It's simply deducted from his state payroll check or deposit. So when a public sector employee pays union dues, where does that money end up? A portion of it ends up somewhere in the giant Democrat Party nationwide, statewide campaign apparatus. So private citizens, in Wisconsin and elsewhere, end up donating to the Democrat Party via state and public workers. It's a money laundering operation, and that's what the Porkulus bill was. It was to make sure that during the recession, state workers did not lose their jobs so that Democrats did not lose their campaign money. Pure and simple, that's it."
San Antonio, TX (Eastside Neighborhood)
The City of San Antonio’s key strategies include:
- Focusing on job creation and training, including through a partnership with St. Philip’s College, in key growth areas including energy, health care, business support, aerospace/advanced manufacturing, and construction.
- Empowering every child with the skills they need by increasing enrollment in high quality pre-K programs; installing a STEM focus in the local school district; expanding enrollment in Early College Programs; and improving adult education opportunities.
San Antonio's mayor reacted predictably:
- Expanding public safety activities to facilitate neighborhood revitalization; improved street lighting and demolishing abandoned buildings; and integrated public safety activities with social resources.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro said “this is a promising investment in creating more job opportunities and revitalizing neighborhoods on the East Side.”
Castro said the federal application process can be “labyrinthine” and difficult to complete correctly.
“So to have the technical assistance and have the red tape cut will make a difference in the likelihood of having success at getting funding in the future,” Castro said.Obama's 'promise zones,' are an ass-backwards economic development strategy. But Obama's 'promise zones' aren't about economic development. Obama's 'promise zone' is a smokescreen for Battleground Texas.
In 1966, Lyndon Johnson launched the 'model cities' initiative. Detroit was one of Johnson's targets. While model cities was economically cataclysmic, it was a political windfall for Lyndon Johnson's coalition. Inserting a progressive machine into America's industrial heartland fundamentally transformed its culture. Productive citizens fled, while the dependent underclass that remained reliably voted for more government. Detroit hasn't voted for a Republican mayor since. George Bush 41 was the last Republican presidential candidate to win the state.
Julian Castro, to be fair, knows a thing or two about building a political machine. He uses the people's money to reward friends. He attempts to destroy opponents. But Julian Castro has well documented statewide ambitions. An army of progressive organizers, masquerading as federal 'promise zone' facilitators, allows Castro to expand the coalitions of power he'll need for a statewide run.
Update: It gets better; turns out the 'promise zone' is in JOAQUIN Castro's Congressional district.
Update II: Welcome Director Blue readers!!!