Krauthammer On Baltimore: War On Poverty Did Not Succeed


CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: What you have in Baltimore, and in these other areas, are extremely high levels of illegitimacy. So you have young males growing up without a male authority figure. You don't have to be a sociological genius to understand that that, among many other things, is a huge liability, and one of the reasons that you get gangs. That's where you acquire the male authority...

The other issue is the terrible schools. And the idea that they have been deprived of money is preposterous. Baltimore has the second highest per-capita spending on students in the country and it has awful schools. If you want to blame it on a political ideology, it is the ideology of liberals who want to throw money at the problem. We know the war on poverty did not succeed, and who think you throw more money at education, it is going to work. It will not, the public schools are rotten, what the parents need is school choice.

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