Democrats are allowing cities to burn across the country.
The party line has been to blame Donald Trump and the Republicans for all the ills of society.
But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accidentally threw her party under the bus with one statement.
Democrat-run cities are experiencing a spike in crime nationwide.
New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City and several other cities have seen a dramatic increase in shootings and murders.
And New York City congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a theory for why the country is experiencing a crimewave.
She said, “Do we think this has to do with the fact there’s record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession. Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent, and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you maybe have to, they’re put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”
This is asinine.
Larcenies are down in New York City.
Shootings and murders are up, not bodega robberies.
That has nothing to do with people being hungry.
And it’s her party that’s worsening the economic despair by calling for indefinite lockdowns.
People should be going back to work with responsible social distancing.
That’s the best way to get the economy roaring again and end the financial anguish Ocasio-Cortez is talking about.
One of the main causes of the spike in crime is the rioting that’s been allowed to take place for a full month and a half.
Criminals have also been emboldened by calls to defund the police, which isn’t even popular among voters.
The demoralization of the police has led to withdrawals from communities as well as a spate of early retirements.
It’s gotten so bad, Mayor Bill de Blasio has had to beg police officers to stay on the force.
Another cause of the crime is the release of criminals from jail because of the coronavirus.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, “The facts of life are conservative.”
Democrats have never learned this lesson.
They think that they can defund the police and disarm the city and see a significant decrease in crime.
This is absurd and denies history as well as human nature.
People respond to incentives.
If the Democrats and their media allies are going to incentivize criminal behavior, they’re going to get more of it.
The sharp uptick in crime is an example of the chickens coming home to roost.
Meanwhile, gun sales are way up and the tax base is running for the hills.