WHAT Did That Politician Say???????

@FourWalls (15137)
United States
April 28, 2017 9:35am CST
It seems to me that one of the worst things about politicians is that they, like the local TV weatherman, can never ever admit they're wrong. Oh, they'll gladly tell you that their opponent has never been right, or the other party is nothing but a failure, but as for themselves, personally, a perfect track record. Yeah, right. I wouldn't have half the problems with politicians if they would say, "You know, I supported that bill but in hindsight, I think it hasn't been what we hoped." (Of course, they will do that when their public opinion polls show it's advantageous to their election/re-election hopes to do so: "Yes, I used to be pro (hot button issue), but now I'm (the opposite)!") I was genuinely shocked, therefore, earlier this week when our esteemed mayor (ha ha) admitted that HIS PARTY screwed up!! As with a number of other cities -- even mid-sized cities like Louisville -- we have a spiking murder rate. And, like a lot of other cities, the highest number of murders are confined to a particular part of town. Yes, it's usually an area with a high population of unemployed African-Americans. Earlier this week, our mayor announced a plan to revitalize an area plagued by crime. The way to do this, he proposed, is to restore the area to what it was: a "hotbed" for black-owned businesses and black culture. This area, he said, was destroyed in the late 60s and early 70s with the government plan known as "urban renewal," which tore down the black-owned businesses and replaced them with housing. (Hey, housing's good and necessary, but it doesn't provide employment!) He said urban renewal had failed. And he's a Democrat. Wowza. Wish more politicians were that honest to admit that their policies failed. Maybe if they were honest with us -- and, more importantly, themselves, more could get accomplished in this country. One of my all-time favorite political songs:
Featuring a slide show of photographs of Joliet, Illinois. Some of my pictures are available here: http://losinger.altervista.org/illinois2.html
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@JohnRoberts (62769)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Apr 17
Your mayor may be burned at the stake by the left for such blasphemy regarding a "treasured" program.
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@amadeo (72844)
• United States
28 Apr 17
Not surprised by all of this.
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@nanette64 (17934)
• Fairfield, Texas
28 Apr 17
That's a shocker @FourWalls . It's nice when someone 'owns up' to their boo-boos. Those pictures are truly sad to see and when you consider they are like that in every town; something should be done. Downtown Omaha, Nebraska was looking like that until the Mayor totally rejuvenated the entire area. Nightclubs, restaurants, theaters, dress shops, etc. The empty factories were turned into condos and apartments.
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@BabyRai1 (903)
• Nairobi, Kenya
28 Apr 17
Most politicians do not have the interest of the people at heart.they will say whatever/whenever to their advantage
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
28 Apr 17
Wow, will wonders never cease! I don't know if your mayor qualifies as a statesman--one who works solely in the best interest of his country regardless of his own ambitions--but that man deserves kudos for serving the public. A politician admitting a mistake is so rare that this should go in Guiness World Records! I wish him and your city success with the new program. It's about time someone used some common sense.
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@teamfreak16 (41310)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
29 Apr 17
Bravo. More should be like him.
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@mythociate (15939)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
28 Apr 17
I'm not seeing him saying they were "wrong," but just that 'urban renewal didn't have the desired effect.'
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• Austin, Texas
28 Apr 17
It's true a lot of politicians won't admit their mistakes. But there have been times when some politicians do. The only fatal mistake for any politician – whether the politician is right or wrong – is making statements with the name “Hitler” in them. Doesn't matter what they're doing or saying. Mention “Hitler” and you might as well say “Bye bye!” It's unforgivable.
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@Corbin5 (115603)
• United States
28 Apr 17
Being honest with the people seems like something a politician is hates to do. Admitting failure is not common with narcissists.
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