Tuesday, November 8, 2011
From Joseph Mitchell to Rob Ford to Herman Cain. They Just Don't Get It.
The Canadian Manifesto: How the American Neoconservatives Stole My Country
In 1960, the city council of Newburgh, New York, looking to clean up the slums created by migrant workers, who made the area a permanent home, hired Joseph McDowell Mitchell as City Manager. Mitchell had earned a reputation as a hard nose "fixer" and he immediately ordered a survey of their relief program. Thirty borderline cases were cut off and the food relief allotment reduced, to help pay for snow removal.
Then concluding that the city was too generous to the terminally lazy, Mitchell drafted thirteen measures in an attempt to not only limit welfare expenditures, but also drive the mostly black unemployed out of town.