I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “follow the money.” To do so is often very revealing, at least when it comes to Democrat politicians. Many of them would probably be highly embarrassed if we were to follow the money trail to see how it is they became multi-multi-millionaires on a salary of less than $200,000 year.
Baltimore’s Elijah Cummings has been in the news as of late, and you’d have to agree that when you read what I’m going to share here, you might be curious to follow the money that was poured into his fine city to see in whose pocket it landed.
Baltimore received $1.8 billion from former President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), but the city has largely failed to see significant improvements from the massive investment.
The Obama administration allocated $1.8 billion of its 2009 stimulus to Baltimore, including $26.5 million to address crime prevention, $26 million to revamp abandoned properties, and $9.5 million to address homelessness.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, which conducted an analysis of the investment in 2015 after Obama decried Republicans for stiff-arming attempts to make “massive investments in urban communities,” the city received $1.8 billion, with $8.4 million going to a single zip code.
Free Beacon reported:
According to Recovery.gov, one of Baltimore’s central ZIP codes, 21201, received the most stimulus funding in the city, a total of $837,955,866. The amount included funding for 276 awards, and the website reports that the spending had created 290 jobs in the fourth quarter in 2013.
Of this amount, $467.1 million went to education; $206.1 million to the environment; $24 million to “family”; $16.1 million to infrastructure; $15.2 million to transportation; $11.9 million to housing; and $3.1 million to job training.
Twenty-nine other ZIP codes listed in Baltimore city received a total of $568,641,684.
A significant amount went toward crime prevention efforts, an estimated $26.5 million going to a project aimed to “make resources available to law enforcement and other public safety agencies to help protect Maryland citizens.”
However, the city has been plagued with violence in recent years following the hefty investment. Baltimore had the worst murder rate per capita in 2017, years after the Obama administration’s massive stimulus.
So, are you curious yet? What do you suppose happened to all of that money? Is it stowed safely away in someone’s private secret Swiss account? It seems likely there HAS to be a paper trail somewhere that would lead us down the rabbit hole, but with corrupt Democrats in power, it’s probably been shredded or burned so that only God could tell us where it went. The crime rate is still through the roof, and some sections of the city are in shambles, but SOMEbody made off with a ton of money, seemingly without a trace. Democrats contend that the way to fix stuff is to throw cash at it like water over Niagra Falls, but if that were true, Baltimore is a classic case of utter failure!