By Deneen Borelli
The violence erupting in Baltimore, Maryland, is not about the death of Freddie Gray.
The riots igniting from Gray’s unexplained death while in police custody is the symptom of the larger disease; failed progressive policies.
Baltimore, like most troubled urban areas, had been under Democrat control for years. Progressive rule for the predominately black city residents has resulted in high unemployment rates, low incomes and high crime.
According to the U.S. Census, Baltimore city is 63 percent black with an unemployment rate of 8.4 percent (February 2015) and the median average income is about $41,000, much lower than the state average income of about $73,000.
Democrat Elijah Cummings, for instance, has represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 20 years and his progressive policies have harmed his constituents.
Sadly for Baltimore residents, Cummings believes climate change is one of the biggest risks facing the nation.
In 2009, Cummings voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act – the cap-and-trade bill that President Obama said would make electricity bills “skyrocket” and in 2013 Cummings wrote to Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, urging him to hold hearings on climate change.