President Trump recently was criticized for calling Baltimore, “rat infested.”  It turns out, Baltimore is rat infested.  In fact, according to the Orkin company, based on commercial and residential rodent treatments, Baltimore is one of the 10 most rat infested cities in the US.   This list includes Chicago,  Los Angeles, New York City,  and San Francisco.   These cities have also seen a drastic increase in diseases linked to rats including typhus and other diseases.

These top 10 most rat infested cities have several things in common.  First, all 10 are Democratic controlled and have been for decades.  They all have strong public unions for employees (including pest and sanitation control staff).  They all have high numbers of homeless.  In fact, several of these municipalities also made the list for 10 Cities with the Most Homeless People.   These cities all have high crime rates.  These cities have significant and rising income inequality.  Nearly all are Sanctuary Cities.

These characteristics point to how the administrations of these cities address public services.  With their Progressive bent, their policies utilize a centralized approach, filtered through social and environmental justice principles, relying on heavy regulation for enforcement and high taxes for funding.  In short, they address big problems with big solutions run by big government.  Just not very well.

How does this approach deal with something as immediate as rat infestations?  Responding quickly to complaints from environmental groups, CalEPA has banned commonly used (and effective) rodenticides statewide as being harmful to regional predatory wildlife, especially California’s cougars and coyotes who eat rats and other pest rodents.





As expected.  Lost jobs.  Cut hours.  Increased prices.  All across the country from New York to Seattle and everywhere in between.  But at least it is good news for robots.

Update:  Oh, it also put Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ former employer, “The Coffee Shop” in NYC, out of business.



 “California’s tragic poverty and widening inequality aren’t the result of racist policies imposed from without but rather progressive policies embraced from within.”

Michael Shellenberger has a fantastic essay in Forbes demonstrating how California is an actual “Elysium,” a dystopia where the rich, ruling class maintains their progressive privilege at the expense of the poor.  I highly recommend reading it.


If you’d like to learn more about the “Googley Way,”  a political filter applied by Google to its workplace culture, you should read the formal complaint, Damore and Gudeman v Google LLC.  The evidentiary part of the complaint is fascinating and includes internal communications from managers and staff to support the suit.  My personal favorite calls for Damore’s firing to …

“… send a message that we have zero tolerance for intolerance.”


“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

― Margaret Thatcher

In The Left’s Brutally Obvious Economic Failures, Greg Jones provides an excellent, though brief, review of the effects socialist and progressive policies have on the economy and, more importantly, on people from Venezuela to Seattle to Illinois.