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An abandoned neighborhood in Detroit

Patrick J. Buchanan asks, “Are Illinois and Puerto Rico Our Future?”  Like Greece, the US Virgin Islands and Guam, as well as the Cities of Detroit, San Bernardino and Stockton, governments throughout the West are finding progressive taxes are unable to keep up with the costs of progressive programs.  Even federal services such as the US Postal Service and AMTRAK run deficits at or near $1 billion every year. Ironically, the progressive state is unsustainable.

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They don’t work.  But don’t take my word for it.  It’s been tried multiple places in the US and abroad.  How did it work out for patients and taxpayers?  See for yourself: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/05/23/surprise-californias-singlepayer-healthcare-plan-would-cost-400-billionper-year-n2330456

 

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“We have become an arrogant generation that virtue-signals that we can change the universe when in reality we cannot even run an awards ceremony, plow snow, fix potholes, build a road or dam, or stop inner-city youths from murdering one another.”

My favorite historian, Victor Hanson Davis, shows how Progressive leadership loves to lecture without actually solving any real problems.  In fact, Progressive programs often (usually?) end up hurting those they supposedly want to help.  You can read the full article here: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445596/californias-ineffective-government-progressive-ideals-conflict-reality

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2015 Homicide Rate Increases

Violence has increased.  In Chicago.  In New York City.  In San Francisco.  The social justice focus of the Obama Justice Dept and local jurisdictions has resulted in more violence, not less.  Our government has encouraged citizens to ignore the law, whether it be the former Secretary of State or political protesters or our own children.  The results should not be surprising.

This is not an “American Problem.”  Violence is increasing in Canada , in Germany, in Sweden, and throughout Europe, wherever the Progressive approaches to law enforcement, immigration, and centralized control are practiced.

Hopefully the next generation of government leaders will recognize their responsibility to put the safety of citizens before their ideological and partisan politics.

The Obama administration began revising sentencing guidelines and commuting prison sentences for convicted criminals a year or so ago, releasing thousands of felons.  Obama’s Department of Justice also began systematic investigations into civil rights violations by urban police departments about that same time, mostly in response to Black Lives Matter protests and demands for action.  Of course, municipal leaders have reacted to various community protests by BLM and others with aggressive policy reform of police departments.  What are the results of these social justice driven programs?  According to the FBI, last year saw a 4% increase in violent crime in the US and an 11% spike in murder/manslaughter.  Incidents of rape are up over 6% and assault is up 4.5%.  Whether this is due to the large number of criminals released into communities or due to the Ferguson Effect*, President Obama and his administration have made Americans less safe from crime, especially in large urban areas.

Read more about the FBI 2015 Crime Statistics here.

 

*In Ferguson, MO, violent crimes jumped 65% last year.