Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Ever wonder why our cities get into trouble when it comes to economic issues? Well maybe this could be a reason. I know Chicago doesn't appear on the list but it too has budget problems. Let's see, a $400M budget short fall, increasing the parking tax to 33% and a shutdown of all non emergency services around holidays. Hmmm ..... could it also be a candidate for out list? Hat tip to Dave "Doc Holiday" for passing this on.

What do the top ten cities 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 a Republican mayor since 1954;

Cincinnati, OH (3rd)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984;

Cleveland, OH (4th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989;

Miami, FL (5th)…has never had a Republican mayor;

St. Louis, MO (6th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949;

El Paso, TX (7th)…has never had a Republican mayor;

Milwaukee, WI (8th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908;

Philadelphia, PA (9th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952;

Newark, NJ (10th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor 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 disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats --- yet they are still disadvantaged!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I checked the Forbes list of wealthiest American cities; then looked at the Wickipedia history of mayors for each. Note mayor is used in a generic sense; in some cases there is council manager or other forms of government so that the “mayor” is not necessarily the major executive. Also because of time, I only looked at recent history.

The top 10 are:

San Jose - All democrats since 1983
Anchorage - All democrats since 1946

San Francisco - All democrats since 1964

Virginia Beach - Meyera E Oberndorf has been mayor since 1988

San Diego - mixed

Anaheim - mixed

Raleigh - No list

Seattle - All democrats since 1956

Washington DC All of the mayors of the District of Columbia have been Democrats since it was formed in 1975 (previously Georgetown and Washington were separate)

Honolulu - All democrats since Hawaii became a state in 1959

So there is something else going on.

Also, one of America’s leading cities, Boston, although not listed by Forbes should be included, its mayors have all been Democrats since 1902.