Thursday, January 5, 2017

762 murders in one year, Chicago clearly needs more Federal money for summer jobs!

So in what promises to be a common theme for the next four years, President-elect Trump is threatening to insert himself into another local issue. In this case Trump is telling Chicago that if it can't get the murder problem under control, Trump will. As usual there are no specifics about how this would happen. Send in the National Guard? This is one of the problems with a Twitter run Presidency, it often means tiny little bursts of whatever Trump has on his mind at any given moment although that is still preferable to Obama and his endless lectures and finger wagging at the American people in-between tax-payer funded rounds of golf. I have never in my life seen someone dominate the news cycle like this before he is even sworn in as President.

The days of principled Federalism from the GOP are temporarily over and the days of opposition to Federalism from the Democrats is likewise temporarily over.

What was both ironic and infuriating from the Rahm Emanuel administration was their response (emphasis mine):

A spokesman for Emanuel released a statement Sunday, obtained by The Chicago Tribune, that alluded to the December meeting, but did not directly address Trump’s call for possible federal intervention.

“As the president-elect knows from his conversation with the mayor, we agree the federal government has a strong role to play in public safety by funding summer jobs and prevention programming for at-risk youth, by holding the criminals who break our gun laws accountable for their crimes, by passing meaningful gun laws, and by building on the partnerships our police have with federal law enforcement,” the statement from Adam Collins said. “We are heartened he is taking this issue seriously and look forward to working with the new administration on these important efforts.”

Ah, that must be it. People are shooting each other in Chicago year round, especially over Thanksgiving and Christmas, due to a lack of summer jobs. I am quite certain that the thugs in Chicago sit around on weekends and think to themselves "Man, I wish I had a summer job. But I don't so I guess I will shoot that dude over there for disrespecting me.". Only someone who lives in a leftist bubble and also who no doubt lives in a nice, well police patrolled neighborhood where he is in no danger from these shootings could argue that Chicago needs more "meaningful" gun control laws and funds for summer jobs.

What Chicago really needs is some moral leadership, not blame shifting, that tells young men to stop shooting each other over slights and tells young women to stop having kids out of wedlock with these same men and perpetuating the cycle of poverty. I am sure Chicago is like most places with lots of openings for entry level jobs for people who want to show up to work but right now there is little incentive for these young men to take those jobs. What Chicago lacks is not sufficient Federal funds or even more gun control laws, what Chicago lacks is moral leadership. Until that gets fixed we can keep throwing money at a problem and keep getting the same results.
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