Myth Blaster: Top Ten Cities Below Poverty Level and Last Republican Mayor


Email floating around: Top Ten Cities in Poverty …

Top 10 Cities in PovertyInteresting……. City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level
1. DetroitMI – 32.5%
2. 
BuffaloNY – 29.9%
3. 
CincinnatiOH – 27.8%
4. 
ClevelandOH – 27.0%
5. 
MiamiFL – 26.9%
6. 
St. LouisMO – 26.8%
7. 
El PasoTX – 26.4%
8. 
MilwaukeeWI – 26.2%
9. 
PhiladelphiaPA – 25.1%
10. 
NewarkNJ – 24.2%U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007

What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?Detroit, MI   (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961;
Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn’t elected one since 1954;
Cincinnati, OH   (3rd)…since 1984;
Cleveland, OH   (4th)…since 1989;
Miami, FL   (5th) has never had a Republican mayor;
St. Louis, MO   (6th)….since 1949;
El Paso, TX   (7th) has never had a Republican mayor;
Milwaukee, WI   (8th)…since 1908;
Philadelphia, PA   (9th)…since 1952;
Newark, NJ   (10th)…since 1907.
Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’
It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats—yet they are still POOR “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

MYTH BLASTER VERDICT:



Most of the data is correct. The listing of top ten cities below poverty level with a population over 250,000 as of 2007 is correct according to United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who obtained their data from the US Census Bureau (contracted by ACS). While the Einstein quotation is correct (Brainy Quotes) – Abraham Lincoln never said or wrote what was in the email. However, William H. Boetchker was quoted the following:

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves
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The following corrections have been made concerning when the last Republican was elected as mayor of the cities listed:
Detroit, MI – 1957 (last non-party mayor = 1948, no third party)
Buffalo, NY – 1962 (never an independent or third party mayor)
Cleveland, OH – 1980 (Never an independent mayor or 3rd party)
St. Louis, MO – 1943 (Independent mayor in 1848 never 3rd party mayor)
Milwaukee, WI – 1906 (Independent in 1948; Socialist Party mayor – 1910, 1916, 1948)
Newark, NJ – 1907 (Never a non-party mayor or 3rd party; five out of last seven mayors were indicted for criminal actions)
The information would have been complete and/or more interesting if it showed whether the poverty level reduced during the tenure of Republican, Independent or 3rd Party mayors.

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