How did this happen? Chicago - home to the mighty Cubs, the mighty Blackhawks, the not so mighty White Sox and the not even close to mighty Bears. Simple: liberal Democrats have been in charge of the purse strings in Chicago since the days of Al Capone, and even before that.
Now, however, these liberal Democrats have turned this once proud city into a war zone. Close to 3,000 people have been shot so far this year, and around 500 of those shot have died. Murdered.
The word is out that a good place to avoid is Chicago.
Uber liberal Democrat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave a speech yesterday, outlining his plans going forward to fix things: stay the course, and in the short term, hire more cops to control the chaos. No mention of changing anything that got the city to the state it finds itself now.
These are the steps that are needed to fix Chicago, and all are related to one thing: prosperity and the steps needed to bring it to a badly deteriorating city:
- Lower taxes. Chicago has one of the largest tax burdens of any major city. Reduce these taxes immediately, and by a lot. Rahm, a liberal Democrat, doesn't believe that lowering taxes is the way to go, he actually wants to raise them, on a city already staggered under a crushing tax burden. Businesses want nothing to do with Chicago, no businesses are moving to Chicago, and a butt load of businesses are leaving. That has to change, and the only way to change that is to change the animosity that Rahm has towards businesses. And that sadly will not happen.
- Arm the citizenry. In the short term, getting rid of the harshest gun laws in the country would go far in reducing violent crime. An armed society is a polite society. But Rahm will have none of that, he only wants guns in the hands of his guys, and nobody else should have guns. Other than criminals, of course, they don't listen to Rahm or anybody else for that matter.
- Reign in runaway public unions, to include police unions, fire fighter unions, teacher unions and public works unions. They are sucking the very life blood out of Chicago. But the mother's milk of Rahm's liberal Democrat existence lies with these unions and his support of them, and accordingly, their support of him. Not a chance he will do anything that these unions don't like.
- Round up the gangs. Just get them off the streets. Every gang member in Chicago is well know to the police and the public. Just go get them, or as Robocop would say, 'dead or alive, you're coming with me.' Slap them in jail, or gun them down if they give the police any guff. Simple, simple, simple. Just do it. Declare war on gangs, and go get them.