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America’s 25 Worst Cities are Democrat-Led – The Answer, New Leaders

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Considerable debate swirls over around crime, poverty and America’s cities – with politicians suddenly blaming each other, and generalizations flying.  Here are facts, which help deliver the truth. 

First, while 535 members of Congress feud and fume over how much federal money to spend on federal entitlements, anti-crime, anti-poverty, anti-drug, and anti-social disintegration programs, a strong argument exists for focusing on local leaders – not Congress – for answers.

Mayors – more than US Senators, Congressmen, and even Governors – have a vested interest in finding solutions for the cities they are elected to lead.  Accordingly, this column reflects research into 55 cities, covering five studies, credible data bases, and mayoral records.

The findings are arresting – and a basis for rethinking how to pull America’s worst cities out of darkness.  Notably, Americans of all ages live in cities. Pew’s Research Center reports 97 percent of US counties – and cities – saw an increase of 65-and-older populations since 2010, a trend that is accelerating.  Older Americans are affected by these facts, along with younger.

What did I discover?  America is experiencing the best economy in 50 years, lifting every major minority group with record low unemployment, growth, dollar valuation, and accelerating wages.  This should turn the tide in America’s cities – but the turn is slow. 

Instead, we are witnessing higher homelessness in “sanctuary cities,” and policy stagnation across major impoverished, often unsafe cities – Baltimore to Buffalo, Birmingham to Brownsville. 

Fact:  The top-ten American cities for homelessness are sanctuary cities, which offer refuge to illegal immigrants, do not cooperate with federal law enforcement, and raise the price of low-rent housing for their citizens.  In this group are Los Angeles (55,000 homeless), Seattle (12,000), San Diego (9,000), San Jose (7,000), San Francisco (6,000), and Las Vegas (6,000).  

So, one policy misfire is not thinking out implications of opposition to border security, while sheltering illegal migrants and blocking deportation of those facing final orders.  Another policy misfire is assuming that one-time shelter funding will stop the inflow of illegal migration; actually, offering safe harbor is having the opposite effect.

Bigger discoveries were made.  Of the top-ten “most dangerous cities” in America, according to Forbes, all have Democratic mayors.  Those cities are Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Baltimore, Stockton, Cleveland and Buffalo. 

Race may have little to do with it, although poverty and unemployment are tied to violent crime prevalence.  Roughly half the mayors in this top-ten analysis were Caucasian, half African American. 

Seven of ten appear in another study of America’s top-25 “most dangerous” cities, which tracks the first adding Kansas City, Little Rock, Milwaukee, Rockford (IL), Albuquerque, Springfield (MO), Indianapolis, San Bernardino, Anchorage, Nashville, Lansing, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Chicago, Houston, Hartford (CT), Chattanooga, and Beaumont (TX), dropping Birmingham, Atlanta and Buffalo.

And of the top 25 “most dangerous,” most are Democrat-led and all but one have poverty rates between 18 to 39 percent.  The national average is 12.3 percent. 

Of the top 25 “most dangerous” American cities, on top of poverty between 18 and 39 percent, most have unemployment between 4.4 and 9.3 percent.  The national average is 3.7 percent. 

So, these Democrat mayors – with good intention – are leading cities deep in poverty, weak on tax base, infrastructure, employers, trained citizens, and policies to attract corporate investment.  They lead the nation in murder, manslaughter, robbery and aggravated assault.

Two last data sets stand out.  They relate to cities deemed “least healthy,” based on available health care, clean environment, and personal fitness.  The first includes Detroit and Memphis, adding Brownsville (TX), Laredo (TX), Augusta (GA), Shreveport (LA), Gulfport (MS), Fort Smith (AR), Jackson (MI), and Corpus Christi (TX).  All are led by Democrat mayors, except Corpus and Gulfport. 

The second list of “least healthy,” on different data, include Shreveport, adding Beckley (WV), Pine Bluff (AK – with a crime rate 383 percent higher than average), Hammond (LA), Mobile (AL), Albany (GA), Monroe (LA), Florence (SC), Gadson (AL), and Macon (GA).   All but two are Democrat-led.

So, what does this tell us?  On the numbers, ten incontrovertible things. 

First, the top ten homeless cities are sanctuary cities, all led by Democrats.  

Second, the top-ten “most dangerous” are led by Democrats. 

Third, the top-25 “most dangerous” are mostly Democrat-led, and among the poorest and least employed, with weak infrastructure, tax base and incentives for private investment.   

Fourth, among the 25 “most dangerous,” most face stifling poverty of 18 and 39 percent, against the national average of 12. 3 percent.  These Democrat-led cities are America’s poorest.

Fifth, most of these cities suffer unemployment rates from 4.4 and 9.3 percent, versus 3.7 nationally.

Sixth, of the 20 “least healthy” cities, all but four are Democrat-led.

Seventh, while these mayors wrestle difficult issues, most oppose policies promoted by President Trump that are bringing prosperity to the rest of the country, such as lower taxes, less regulation, incentives for business investment, stronger law enforcement, cooperation with federal immigration officials, border security, comprehensive anti-drug policies, and local responsibility for declining tax base. 

Eighth, most are in anti-gun coalitions, focused on restricting Second Amendment rights, favoring policies at cross-purposes with allowing citizens to protect themselves.  While each is different, many favor gun-control, bans on concealed carry and higher minimum wages – all proven misfires.

Ninth, taken as a whole – the mayors are pursuing conflicted policies, on the numbers not breaking cycles of intergenerational crime, poverty, unemployment, dependence, employers fleeing tax burdens, untrained employees, accessible private health care, environmental stewardship and personal fitness. 

Tenth, in closing:  These cities can do better.  That is what democracy is for.  If the policies and leadership are not working, there is an option – especially as America’s economy is thriving and cities are seeing a renaissance in investment, employment, income, health and safety:  Elect new leaders.  The numbers are compelling, so are elections.   

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19 days ago

So, a few issues I noticed with this article:

  • Do you have a complete list of the 25 worst cities?
  • When you cite Forbes for the list of most dangerous cities, you can’t just consider the cities but also the states they fall in. Several of them fall in red states, and some of them are still being affected by republican policies enacted previously.
  • On the topic of Forbes, the source is outdated, posted seven years before this article was written.
  • Your seventh point seems to be more opinionated, as when you look at a graph of total GDP over time, the Obama administration grew the economy significantly in just the first four years, despite being in the middle of a recession, and then grew it at least 1.5x more than Trump did in the four years after.
  • Any sources for some of the more out-there claims in this article? In your ninth point, you claim that gun control, bans on concealed carry and higher minimum wage are “all proven misfires”. Do you have any source for this info? Or are you just making it up to make yourself look better?

I’d love to see how long it takes you guys to delete this comment in order to stay in your echo chamber and ignore any opposing viewpoints. To anyone who wants to argue with me about this, I can say only one thing:
Prove me wrong. I dare you.

Al gore
3 months ago

Blue no matter who though, amirite?

Robert Jones
5 months ago

Hee hee, I love this article. I am a very conservative republican freshman in highschool. My mom is in the military, so I am a strong supporter of them. Unfortunately, we have been living in a lot of democrat states and my teachers are very liberal/democrat here. I love to show how democrats are worse for the environment than republicans.

Ken Wells
5 months ago

Just more proof that Democrats are terrible at leadership…! Judge by results of service, not by what they say…!

11 months ago

LikeIdTellYa is absolutely correct in most aspects. Sadly, the money is not running out. Ask and ye shall receive. In IL we pay for everything, food, recipient chosen housing, general assistance, full dental, full health. Oh, yes, before they have children we pay for prenatal care and WIC monies start paying for the child and mother nutritionally as needed, as soon as the child is born, We pay for the child to be born, also as well as burying individuals at approx. $1400 a person. It was $1375, but that was just raised not sure to what. Soc. security Is only $250.Yet all I hear about is the poverty they are raised in. With all this assistance, what poverty? They have told me their job is having children, as many as they can. Great income! There are many whites that have these attitudes, not just blacks. You cannot force someone to learn. No reason to prepare themselves to have something to trade for a paycheck.

The problem starts at birth. The child is raised without morals. Lying, cheating, stealing and having children without fathers are taught as a way of life. I spent 22 years working in the worst of the inner city. Watched my bosses apt. building literally stripped of everything as soon as the last tenant left. Tubs, even the steel framework around the doors. Lastly, I watched them rollup the chain link fence off the posts and put it in the back of a big truck and take it away. Police won’t come for anything but physical injury. How can they when stealing is rampant. Had my car almost stolen. Only timing saved it. Took me 3 hours to get someone to write up an attempted theft report. We were 2 miles from a Police station, and many drove by during that time.

As to my thinking we need limits on aid and free birth control when desired. Once the child is here, they have to eat! You can’t have it both ways, prevent birth control, but not be willing to feed the child once it is here. My brother does not want birth control, but he does not want to pay for their children. Usual number of children is 5-13 in my observation.

Lets make this clear. The ones doing all the screaming about whites hating blacks and trying to drag them down for centuries do not want equality! They want to reverse the alleged power so they are in control! I walked past a room filled with seniors chanting B…….Power. over and over again, as loud as they could! These are lovely kind respectful people in many ways. I was totally shocked! Apparently, they are not the screamers but they want the power anyway!

No one should be in control of anyone but themself! Learn morals themself by observing what works and what does not. If their parents don’t have them, than they are clearly failures. Their lack of them has not worked for them. Be accountable for themselves ! Education works, so learn. Education is everywhere. Learning to speak well works, so they need to get it off the TV if they have to. Getting along with people is obviously a must, so learn self restraint.

Learning the above will avoid crime, living on the dole, stealing, killing, and personal habits precluding getting hired and staying on a job. It is so simple, see what works and what does not work. If it works do it again, if it does not, don’t! It worked for me from about age 3 onward. Learned by age 2 I could not trust either parent to make a good decision about my well being, so I started watching others who appeared to be successful in life. I watched what worked and what didn’t.
I’m so tired of the “blame game” and the idiots why buy into it.

There’s no white supremacy. There are whites out there screaming they want it, but they are failures on pretty much every level. Most are uneducated, and have little to trade for a paycheck.

The democrats for are buying into placating the the losers, and it as nothing to do with blacks as a whole. Many blacks are successful, well educated, figured out what works on every level and are wonderful friends with great morals. They are a credit to themselves and their communities. Most of all they are very intelligent. There is no need to feel they need to be supported by whites. This is an insult to them. They have never been held down by whites. They presented themselves well upon presentation for a job, were hired and were promoted and well liked by their peers. No one ever looked at their color, only who and what they have made of themselves. Employers only care about “CAN AN EMPLOYEE HELP THE COMPANY MAKE MONEY?”

Until we hold the lawbreakers accountable, we are all in a mess!

1 year ago

New York is a hate filled, anti-white city.

dennis richardson
1 year ago

Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Covention & now Christianity Today will continue to have the reputation of a lying con man while I have breath. As democratic party bureaucrats make much money pretending to try to resolve society’s ills by more TAXATION and more GOVERNMENT. Remember Ken Hamblin of Denver on radio, he verbally laid waste to democratic city mayors being incompetent. This is a source of very great IDOLATRY in America. These civil government IDOLATORS will achieve a just end by God Almighty.

1 year ago

Sooner or later you have to pay the piper. Coddling thugs and thieves for DECADES has done absolutely NOTHING to better their lives. The more you give them, the more they demand. The solutiion is NOT feeding them. EDUCATE them!!!!!! The narrower the mind, the wider the mouth! Stop your whining and make something of yourselves. LEARN TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT!!! Do it fast because the money is running out! In the mean time … Keep killing each other off … The less thugs and thieves the better!

Ron J Ferrero
1 year ago
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1 year ago

Please provide information to the study. You quote from “it” a lot, but there is no “it” anywhere in your op ed.

1 year ago

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Zeff Coon
1 year ago

Great article! It is so true. How come we lost the election?

11 months ago
Reply to  Zeff Coon

The election was lost because Trump did not take Covid seriously and admitted he felt his job was to be a cheerleader. Had he been responsible, he would have won by a landslide and the questionable voting issues would never had been an issue.

Chris Kelley
1 year ago

All big cities are democrat lead. Democrats are scum, but so are Republicans. If you want to see large healthy cites look at any other country on earth. They’re all socialist

D. Abuja
1 year ago

The lack of sources, except for a mention of “Forbes” and “Pew research center”, hurt the credibility of this article. You cannot list a paragraph as “FACT:” and then disregard any need for sources.

1 year ago
Reply to  D. Abuja

You don’t get out much.

1 year ago
Reply to  D. Abuja

Than get off your butt and go to these city’s and look for yourself, it’s true. And getting worse.

Sir Arthur
1 year ago

The people in these cities are not presented good options as far as candidates, and not told the truth regarding issues that affect them. Cities are run by machines; people don’t think their votes count, and they usually don’t. Cities are self-perpetuating, corrupt in nature, and will be for the foreseeable future – as long they are run by crooked Democrats. Dems don’t care if the people don’t vote. They can easily control or cheat with the smaller number of voters. That’s the Democrat way!

1 year ago

The United States is NOT a democracy, it is a Constitutional Republic. Also, the only thing democrats care about is destroying this country.

2 years ago

We’ve become accustomed to yr after yr and election after election corruption and degradation of a country for a long time, in third world countries. They all end up in civil wars and mass killings. The USA is likely less than a year away from that and will never recover!
Braindead !!

ann onymous
2 years ago

I live in Chicago. Downtown areas are decimated and aren’t coming back. People aren’t venturing out to shop. Anyone who can work from home is leaving the city for greener backyards. If BLM wanted integration, they just put it back 25 years. Whites, even Liberals, are just leaving. I live in a high-rise where many young students live. They are all leaving as parents won’t pay to have them live in a “dangerous” city. I remember the 70’s when cops did nothing about drug dealers, hookers, and pimps on every corner. Cabrini Green was a no-go zone. Here we go again. Whites will leave until Chicago is once again a slum populated by only the poor. Kim Foxx has sent a dangerous message. White people were paying attention.

2 years ago

I live in Austin Tx, the slogan here is keep Austin wierd! And believe me it is just that tenfold! The mayor and city council are all communist! The homeless have taken over what was once a beautiful city, trashed it, it’s disgusting! Our city council is spending millions on taking hotels and converting them into homes for the homeless with no stipulations! They are now fining people who don’t wear masks! They spend more money on bicycle lanes that no one uses than on roads.And traffic in Austin is the worst in the state for city it’s size. They are pushing a 13 billion dollar infrastructure with underground tunnels and train and electric buses. The Austin independent school district is forcing 3rd graders to learn about gender fluidity! It’s disgusting! These are just a few of the many liberal policies being shoved in our faces! I really would love to move out of Austin but we are stuck here due to a family issue! Oh and one more thing, crime is on an upward trend here also! But you will not hear about any of this! God bless and don’t forget to vote these libtards out of office, starting at the bottom!

Edward Hathcock
2 years ago

Great article

Bo Lee
2 years ago

Thank God we have those bastions of liberal thought and equality, no way nearly every single race riot in the country would happen in cities of New York, California and Illinois. Good thing those cities also have some of the strictest gun control measures in the nation. No way they would have excess shootings.
Oh….. wait…..
Anyone else find it odd that the leaders who are blaming Republicans for everything have the areas they control falling apart?
Only morons will vote to keep those Democratic leaders in office.

Taylor Ruble
1 year ago
Reply to  Bo Lee

Well, there are a lot of morons.

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