Heck, it is a mystery to me as to why the liberals, which would include liberal Blacks seem to condemn the very essence of free enterprise. The rappers even understand this concept. Before rap, Hip Hop, etc., music became popular, in the beginning many rappers sold their rap tunes out of the trunk of vehicles to pave their own road to success.
Many times the traditional musicians, and/or record labels refused to promote this new and creative musical form. The early rap artists had no other recourse than to market, create their own distribution outlets, and/or finance their own business ventures. Heck, in many instances some of these individuals were even shunned by other Black people, namely they were shunned by the Black middleclass.
It seems many of the Black middleclass fail to understand the importance of free enterprise, in that in the name of survival, individuals who are shunned may sell their wares on the street corner, they may become involved in illicit activity, and/or any other means to provide the necessities of life. There are people who choose to work for a living as opposed to giving government the right to determine their destiny.
In politics, it's one step forward and two back again - Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' vote on curbside job solicitation ordinance
Shame! Shame on the three-member majority of the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the action taken Tuesday.
Michael Antonovich, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Deane Dana voted to enact an ordinance that criminalizes curbside job solicitation in unincorporated areas of the county.
The new law, which goes into effect in July, makes curbside job-seeking illegal and punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
In so voting, the heartless trio dismissed impassioned pleas about how the measure would drive job-seekers deeper into poverty. One day laborer, speaking on behalf of others at the hearing before the vote, pleaded:
"I wish you wouldn't treat us like criminals when we are only looking for work to feed our families."
Adopting the typical "big government" mindset, though, the trio apparently would prefer such people swell demand for welfare rather than try to provide for themselves.
The trio disgracefully ignored a workable alternative proposed by Supervisor Gloria Molina:
Follow the example of the City of Los Angeles by setting up hiring sites for day laborers.
Moreover, the trio ignored District Attorney Gil Garcetti's complaint that it would be difficult for him to "prosecute someone for simply trying to get a job." Not just that, though, the D.A. pragmatically declared he'll not enforce the new law because his office has "limited resources."
Indeed, do residents prefer for the sheriff to have his deputies arrest job seekers and incarcerate them while freeing real criminals from overcrowded jails? Or do residents want deputies to concentrate on nabbing and locking up real criminals?
However, if day laborers seeking legal employment to feed their families are denied that opportunity, will they in desperation turn into real criminals? That seems to be a risk the short-sighted supervisors are willing to take.
Not only was the shameful vote of the trio heartless, it was pragmatically stupid.
But, hey, there's a lot of that going around these days in government.
The L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Authority, which is facing a $126 million operating budget deficit, is a particularly egregious example.
Even while mulling fare hikes that are sure to cut ridership further, directors voted Wednesday to spend $80 million to add 42 new Red Line subway cars to the current fleet of 30.
Moreover, instead of putting the contract out for bid, directors voted simply to give the business to the Italian manufacturer of MTA's present Red Line cars.
To be sure, not everyone in government is an airhead who can't cut it in the private sector.
Mayor Richard Riordan, a highly successful businessman before entering government, rightly perceived L.A. needs to attract new business and stem the flood of businesses out of the city.
One way to help do that is to make the city safer by beefing up the police, and he has prevailed on the L.A. City Council to accept his plan to do so in his new budget.
Another way, he knew as a businessman, is to reduce onerous taxes on business. And Riordan proposed eliminating the 7.5-percent surcharge on the city's business license tax.
The City Council, after debating the issue, voted Tuesday to compromise by giving Riordan and business half a loaf: cutting the surtax in half, to 3.75 percent. Well, that at least is better than nothing and certainly a step in the right direction.
COPYRIGHT 1994 CBJ, L.P., COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group
In Fox Hills, and Ladera Heights, two west side communities composed of affluent Black people, and represented by no good Los Angeles County 2nd District Supervisor "Brentwood" Burke.....
.......Yvonne "Brentwood" Burke failed to understand that legal and illegal Hispanic immigrants, have a constructive purpose for offering their services for hire to assist those who purchase a wide variety of building material to remodel their homes, and/or businesses. Brentwood Burke's lack of understanding of the essence of the free enterprise spirit prompted no good Brentwood Burke to initiate criminal indictments against individuals whose only actions were to promote their own free will to work for mutually agreed upon wages to make an honest living.
......and the Black middleclass seem to worship this no good carpetbagger who has even shunned her own constituency as it applies to the Black community.
The lack of the promotion of business development to create gainful employment in the Black community is the chief reason that many Black people from the inner-city are driven into the subculture to make their ends. Mind you, now that the rappers have become multi-millionares, there are some Black people, specifically as it applies the Black middleclass, our own inept leadership, and/or the Black middleclass, who condemn the rappers for using vulgarity to promote their music label.....
.......yet neither the Black middleclass, nor our own misfit leadership provided the means for these individuals to earn a living, because the Black middleclass, and/or our own inept leadership deserted the Black community long ago, to represent personal friends, outsiders, and/or their own selfish interests, at the expense of the oppressed, the working class, the indigent, and/or the underclass left behind.