Tone-deaf editorial writers at a small, liberal newspaper in the city are calling for higher taxes and spending as the nation stares into the depths of a depression.
While eminently predictable because of the paper’s left-wing slant, and largely irrelevant because it has so few readers, it still serves as an example of how liberals never change.
It starts out talking about Jacksonville’s “neglected neighborhoods.” This paper has not documented any “disparities” or neglect. It is simply stating an opinion as fact.
Then it launches into the standard liberal mantra about the “broken promises” of consolidation.
Again, neither the editorial nor the new columns of the shrinking little paper have documented any broken promises. It just uses the term as if it were fact.
It talks about crime and health rates in some neighborhoods, which largely are related to lifestyle choices. It calls for neighborhood policing, which the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been doing for years. It calls for more spending on the expensive and ineffective Jacksonville Journey program.
Naturally, it calls for jailing fewer people. But it doesn’t talk about how that is working out in New York and other cities.
It says “every possible” government program should be used to reduce unemployment. More and bigger government always is the answer to every problem in the liberal world.
Finally it calls for another Better Jacksonville Plan, without explaining why the $2.25 billion original plan it supported did not resolve all the alleged problems.
Essentially, it is another entry in the liberal effort to influence the upcoming national elections, already a steady 24/7 drumbeat by the Fake News Industry. It might also appeal to a reliable Democrat voting bloc that has begun to crumble. In any case, the little newspaper’s endorsement of the seriously disabled Democrat running for president is assured.
Undoubtedly, the Far Left in Jacksonville is thrilled by such mush but it does little to advance discussions about real solutions to real problems.