We keep hearing liberals tell us we need to invest in places like Baltimore. I guess this is what they mean.
After encouraging rioters to lay waste to Baltimore, the city’s mayor now says she’s confident she can get Uncle Sam 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.
“In order to replenish this fund, we’ve already worked with the state to apply for a federal FEMA reimbursement, and we are confident that we will receive a significant reimbursement from the federal government,” CBS Baltimore affiliate WJZ reported her as saying Wednesday.
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.