The "Great Society" and the "War on Poverty" have been an utter failure. In attempting to address the social ills due to segregation and Jim Crow, the federal government created a culture of dependency. Today, 80% of black children are born outside of marriage. 31% of black youth do not graduate from high school. The unemployment rate for black youths is 50%.
Our legislators, in their infinite wisdom, address these statistics by throwing money at the problem. Youngstown spends 30% more per child than the rest of the state and has nothing to show for its largesse. I have news for them; the state could spend twice that amount and it would not matter. If a child comes home to a house in which there is no father in the picture and the mother is barely literate herself, that child will most likely live in poverty as an adult. This is the case whatever the race of the child.
Personal responsibility, not more taxpayer money, is the answer to these problems. The government should stop incentivizing bad behavior. No one should bring a child into this world unless they can support them. The child and society as a whole would be much better off.
October 18, 2015 at 10:20 a.m.
This is an obvious and calculated effort to position himself for a run for either the Senate or Governor.
January 29, 2015 at 2:12 p.m.
This is such an obvious attempt to position himself for a run for statewide office. Ryan has no core convictions, but he knows he can't run statewide as a Democrat and be pro-life.
January 28, 2015 at 12:04 p.m.
The Hagans have leeched off the government for decades and now she's complaining?
January 7, 2015 at 10:05 a.m.
Maybe the park board should stop buying expensive parcels of land all over the County.
December 14, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.
Tim Ryan is spending too much time with the lefty loons like Nancy Pelosi. Can't wait to see him run for statewide office and see him get crushed.
October 12, 2014 at 7:06 p.m.
To Lajoci:Actually Youngstown city schools spend much mor per student than either Canfield or Poland.
September 13, 2014 at 3:10 p.m.
Statistics also show that babies born out of wedlock have a higher mortality rate.
August 17, 2014 at 7:43 a.m.
Did you expect him to keep his word?Of course not he's a Hagan.
May 10, 2014 at 9:21 a.m.
That's fine if they want to ban fracking as long as they do not use natural gas to heat their individual homes. In that case they would be hypocrites.
April 30, 2014 at 6:22 p.m.