The 20th Century showed us that if you want to make a people richer, you need more free markets. More socialism equals more poverty.
Democrats as a whole, believe Government is the solution to problems and redistribution of wealth is a solution to inequality. But real life shows when you take more and more, people either move or stop trying.
There are many reasonable Democrats and some with fairly sound economic polices, but if we look at the worst cities in the US… this keeps coming up.
A few data points from the article.
-Chicago’s last GOP mayor was elected in 1927.
-St. Louis has been electing Democratic mayors since 1949.
-The last GOP mayor of Philadelphia left office in 1952.
-Newark, N.J., hasn’t had a GOP mayor in more than a century.
-Flint has voted for Dems for 84 straight yrs
Here is a list (albeit from 2013) of the most dangerous cities in the US.
How Decades Of Democratic Rule Ruined Some Of Our Finest Cities
Flint is not alone, though. America is awash with troubled, dysfunctional cities that have been electing Democratic mayors for decades.
- Detroit last elected a Republican mayor in 1957. It is now the model of urban failure — it’s recognized more for its poverty, crime, rot and bankruptcy than the great cars that it turned out into the early 1970s. It is the poorest big city in the nation, with almost 40% of the population living below the poverty line. The website Law Street actually ranks Detroit ahead of Flint as the country’s most dangerous city. Either way, it’s clear that both cities have institutionalized crime problems.
Detroit is also a pit of political corruption. Just in recent years, one mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was convicted of corruption and sent to federal prison for 28 years, while building inspectors have been indicted on federal felony bribery charges and a former city council member was investigated in a bribery and kickback scandal.
- Chicago’s last GOP mayor was elected in 1927. The nation’s third-largest city is home to some of the worst inner-city violence imaginable. More than 2,300 people were shot there last year, and nearly 400 lost their lives to homicides.
Its finances are just as grim. “Chicago is so broke,” IBD contributor Stephen Moore explained months ago, “that its bonds are junk status, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel had to go hat in hand last week to the state capital, Springfield, for bailout money to pay the bills.” Things have been rotten enough, Moore said, to send “a record number of people … fleeing Cook County, home to Chicago.” Only a little more than half of the city’s pension liabilities are funded.
- St. Louis has been electing Democratic mayors since 1949. The Gateway to the West has become the gateway for crime. Law Street says that it’s the fourth most dangerous city in the country, Forbes says it’s the second. It had the sixth-highest poverty rate among big cities in 2014.
- The last GOP mayor of Philadelphia left office in 1952. A few years ago, Moore identified it as a favorite to follow Detroit into bankruptcy.
- Both Baltimore and Oakland had Republican mayors as late as the 1960s. In the era of Democratic rule, both are now more well known for their crime and poverty problems than for their charm and character.
- Newark, N.J., hasn’t had a GOP mayor in more than a century. It was ranked as the fifth-worst city to live in in 2015. Detroit, of course, was first.
When Democrats are in control, cities tend to go soft on crime, reward cronies with public funds, establish hostile business environments, heavily tax the most productive citizens and set up fat pensions for their union friends. Simply put, theirs is a Blue State blueprint for disaster.