WHAT? Baltimore’s $20 Million Federally Financed Riots

Article posted on June 5th, 2015 by WhatAmIMissingHere

WAIMH Red ArrowEDITOR’S COMMENT: So let’s see what is the message here? The leadership of Baltimore City allows the thugs and hoodlums to loot and destroy a large number of businesses, and, according to local press reports, not suffer any legal consequences, and now the City, not the private businesses, will be reimbursed by the mostly law-abiding American taxpayers for their reported costs and damages. Where is the necessary penalty for the City’s progressive leadership and for the hoodlums not to repeat their recent actions in the future?

By Investor’s Business Daily

After encouraging rioters to lay waste to Baltimore, the city’s mayor now says she’s confident she can get Uncle Sam (YOU, the American taxpayer) to pay for the damage. What is this, the new age of federally financed riots?

One month after the race riots that trashed Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that the city would apply for a $20 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to replenish the “rainy day fund” being used to pay for cleanup and police overtime costs in the wake of the mayhem that she herself is on record as encouraging.

This smells pretty funny, given that FEMA funds are meant mostly for natural disasters, not riot damage. But more to the point, it’s effectively an escape from fiscal accountability and political responsibility, given Rawlings-Blake’s role in fueling the riots.

Rawlings-Blake, remember, is the one who lit the fuse by saying, “We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that” — a clear incitement to riot, even as she unconvincingly denied meaning any such thing while Baltimore burned.

Instead of resigning, or being asked to, Rawlings-Blake is now more confident than ever that cash is on its way, according to press reports. This may very well be true, given all the evidence of political dealmaking with the Obama White House and Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

What’s going on here? A mayor who triggered the worst riots in her city’s history is now effectively escaping any responsibility for her words and acts. This is setting a terrible example not only for Baltimore but also for all the other American cities where demonstrations are getting increasingly out of hand.       (my emphasis)

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