Rebuilding America (Hardcover)
By John Kenneth Blackwell and Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
A Prescription for Creating Strong Families, Building the Wealth of Working People, and Redeveloping Our Cities
In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty as a centerpiece of the Great Society's effort to eliminate poverty in America. Now, almost 50 years and many trillions of dollars later, poverty in America has increased despite the efforts of the largest governmental welfare system ever created in human history.
In direct challenge to the liberal political thinking that built the welfare state, John Kenneth Blackwell and Jerome R. Corsi have developed a blueprint for a new War on Poverty, utilizing an innovative approach to mobilizing urban capital to strengthen African-American families, build wealth through meaningful employment among those now in poverty and develop America's urban landscape without imposing additional tax burdens on the American people. "Rebuilding America" directly attacks the problems of African-American poverty, arguing that abortion and AIDS threaten to inflect genocide upon black communities unless we find a way to utilize urban capital to end the welfare dependency that threatens the survival of the African-American family.
After four decades of failure of the welfare state, Blackwell and Corsi argue for its phase-out through applying new techniques of public finance – not dependent upon new taxes – to enlist financial institutions in deploying new urban capital into rebuilding our cities. The goal is to work with established and newly formed corporations that integrate jobs and retraining programs to advance an "ownership society" in which families can thrive.
"Rebuilding America" is meant to be a blueprint for John Kenneth Blackwell's campaign for governor of Ohio. In it, he argues that as governor of Ohio he can implement the action plan described in the book as an alternative, conservative model for attacking urban poverty that can be applied in other states as well.