Sorry Jon Stewart, Baltimore’s problems are a failure of big gov’t, not Afghanistan

Jon Stewart recently said the following on the Daily Show:

If we are spending a trillion dollars to rebuild Afghanistan’s schools, we can’t, you know, put a little taste Baltimore’s way. It’s crazy.

The applauding seals in his audience thought this was both brilliant and wonderful, of course. The problem? It’s just not true. Even the Washington Post fact-checker gave it 4 Pinocchios (while admitting that he’s a huge fan of Stewart’s. How…unbiased he must me – gee wiz). 

From WaPo:

The Fact Checker is a huge fan of The Daily Show, as Jon Stewart is frequently an excellent fact checker of media and politician misdeeds and inconsistencies. He’s also a comedian and, to some extent, a pundit. So why are we fact checking him?
Actually, a reader requested a fact check of this statement, made during an interview with George Stephanopoulos, because it reinforces a very bad myth—that the United States spends a disproportionate amount of money on foreign aid. That’s not the case, as we have frequently pointed out. (We should note that his comment received enthusiastic applause from the audience.)
In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, only 5 percent of those surveyed correctly answered that the share of the $3.9 trillion budget going to foreign aid was under 1 percent. The average answer was that 26 percent of the budget went to foreign aid.
…Some readers at this point might object that Stewart really was talking about the cost of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe so. But Stewart specifically mentioned schools in Afghanistan.
…Using USAID’s Web site, one can drill down to individual programs in Afghanistan year after year. For basic education in Afghanistan, the number is about $100 million annually. Adding higher education boosts the spending about $30 million a year. For instance, in 2012 and 2013, the total spent on education in Afghanistan was $128.6 million and $115.1 million, respectively. Now let’s compare that to the federal spending for the city of Baltimore. According to city budget documents, the federal contribution to Baltimore schools was $184.8 million in 2012 and $169.3 million in 2013. (Most of the more than $1.2 billion budget comes from state and county funding sources.)The contrast was even greater in 2011: $95 million for Afghanistan schools and $265 million for Baltimore schools. That’s because the 2009 stimulus bill bolstered funding for schools for several years.

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So WaPo admits it, Stewart was wrong. But even though there are millions of low-information voters who get their news from Comedy Central exclusively, he is still a comedian and the point of this article isn’t to mince words of a “funny” man.

While I applaud The Post and the fact-checker for looking into it, the rebuttal isn’t complete. Stewart isn’t the only one ignoring the complete failure of the progressive Democrats in America’s big urban centers like Baltimore by simply calling for more money to be spent there (make no mistake, Democrats do own this. There hasn’t been a Republican mayor in Baltimore since 1967. But I digress). Even Obama said that Republicans in Congress should make “massive investments in urban communities” so they could “make a difference right now.”

I would have loved to see The Washington Post’s fact-checkers scrutinize this comment. After all, a lack of funding for school or homelessness programs or welfare programs, etc are rarely the reason for failure. Government corruption and inefficiency coupled with progressive policies are.

For instance, Mr. Obama’s stimulus bill (that started the Tea Party movement), gave the city of Baltimore $1.8 billion.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention.
President Obama claimed last Tuesday that if the Republican-controlled Congress would implement his policies to make “massive investments in urban communities,” they could “make a difference right now” in the city, currently in upheaval following the death of Freddie Gray.
However, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found that the Obama administration and Democratically-controlled Congress did make a “massive” investment into Baltimore, appropriating $1,831,768,487 though the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the stimulus.
According to, one of Baltimore’s central ZIP codes, 21201, received the most stimulus funding in the city, a total of $837,955,866. The amount included funding for 276 awards, and the website reports that the spending had created 290 jobs in the fourth quarter in 2013.
Of this amount, $467.1 million went to education; $206.1 million to the environment; $24 million to “family”; $16.1 million to infrastructure; $15.2 million to transportation; $11.9 million to housing; and $3.1 million to job training.

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The answer is always the same: Spend more money and grow government.

But just how did Baltimore spend all that money? About as well as you might expect.

Oh, and here’s an interesting fact: Even with all of wasted money on education, Baltimore is still second only to New York City in the amount of money it spends on education per student. Second. Yet, the schools are still failing and failing hard.

But that’s not the only way Baltimore wastes money. In 2008, the city of Baltimore initiated a plan to eliminate homelessness in 10 years. It sounds like a noble goal, right? Who doesn’t want to eliminate homelessness? The plan was even a recipient of some of the aforementioned stimulus money.

But how’s that plan working out? You guessed it. Not so well.

And there’s so much more:

Now, nearly 21% of all jobs in the city of Baltimore are government jobs. Let that sink in.

Look, government by it’s very nature is corrupt and inefficient. The only way to minimize its adverse effects is to limit it. Baltimore is in the shape it’s in not because a lack of “urban renewal” funding but primarily a failure of progressive liberal government policies. That’s it. It’s really quite simple. And until the people of Baltimore (and Detroit and any other failing urban area), realize this and change their philosophy (and voting habits), things aren’t going to get any better.

anonymous asked:

Hello! May I ask where do you print your books? I can't find ones where I get to see a print proof before bulk ordering. You prob get a lot of questions like this so it might be annoying by now, I'm sorry. I'll understand if you don't like to give away resources too.

Hullo! Generally print proofs can be requested- it’ll probably (actually - VERY LIKELY) either cost you extra to have one made/ or it’ll be absorbed into the price of your print job if it goes ahead. The trick is to contact the printer and ask if they will do it. It’ll just depend on the printer. If it’s a big requirement- it’s best to ask your printer right at the beginning if they have that option. This is actually the first time I’ve had a print proof made to be honest- and it’s only because I know the printer very well, we’re messing around with enormous files- I’m a SUPER FUSSBUCKET and he said it would be best for me to get one and check for actual physical problems. Which I did, and I spotted some, and they were my fault- so he’s fabulous. But you need to search for the fabulous ones that fit you too!

1: Which country you are in- if you’re small budget- same countrydelivery helps b: language

2: Quantity of print- this will separate you into digi/ litho

3: Search for printers that cover what you need- phone them up/ email- contact and ask.

4: Know what specs you want. be prepared to chat with your printer who (if they’re awesome) will make suggestions based on your budget and specs and might suggest ways to get everything to work together. doesn’t always happen, so do ask if they know or they’ll work with what you give them.

5: Read up on getting books printed. really- it’ll help with the printer/customer language barrier.

6: Always get paper samples. Serious. You need this.

7: yes- really- don’t just rely on their site info- proofs are a pain in the butt- so if you really want one- printers usually want you to go to the effort of talking to them. it’s deffo not an automatic thing to get a printed proof.

anonymous asked:

Why do POTs want to have a phone call before meeting? + what can I expect from this kind of call? I'm honestly more nervous about it than meeting the guy and I don't know why 😂

Hahah most guys I guess want to do this to A.) make sure you’re not some strange old man and B.) just get to know you a little better and hear your voice and C.) most of these men are older and texting can get a little complicated for them 😂 I actually love phone calls with a POT because it gives me a chance to make myself stand out, and screen him basically. It’s a lot easier to be confident through the phone when you don’t have to stare at the guy face to face on a date so I like it better. Don’t be nervous it’s a perfect opportunity to talk about what you both are looking for rather than wasting your time getting ready, and actually meeting him in person. I typically always request to talk on the phone to see if I’m compatible with a POT I ain’t got time to be meeting with da phonies 😜


Here’s the other five pics.  Mostly just warm ups done on days I worked on the request.  

This is actually the end of my second sketchbook already!  I’ve gone through it a lot faster than my first, but I’ve also only been drawing on one side of the pages.  That and tearing out the pages to scan them I think has really helped the image quality.  On to book 3!


we need to talk about the way matt removes that chair like it has personally offended his butt


request meme: brooklyn nine nine + favorite platonic relationship  (asked by boldmistakes)
rosa & gina

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