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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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Big Bucks33
3 months ago

A murder is a murder, an unprovoked attack on a street is just that period. All else in the spin attempts to reason why, to justify the numbers in some way. We see robberies, we see street attacks of innocent people caught on camera, we see murder and crime rates soaring. We also see “defund the police” we also see and hear police are leaving the force in droves because of unsafe decisions and stupidity from our city and State leaders.
We also see stupid judges, turning their backs on their oath of office allowing repeat criminals right back on the streets and the FBI refusing to do their job becoming weaponized.
Our earnings are worth less now than they were two years ago and we have a president spending $trillions on unimportant things that are not helping we the people while his weak ineffective presence on the world stage has placed us closer to nuclear war than we have ever been . Is this just me or is this a madness from our leaders permeating down to affect us all, from decisions that are not supported by the people who voted them in?

4 months 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.

3 months ago
Reply to  theforge129

“Prove me wrong. I dare you.”

Well, this is going to be easy. The FBI releases data on murder in the United States every year. And every year it says the same thing: the overwhelming majority of cities with high murders are historically controlled by the Democrat party. All ten of the top murder capitols have had a long string of Democrat mayors. This is not an opinion; this is a statistical fact. According to the FBI, the worst cities in the US are these:

City Last Republican
St. Louis, MO 1949
New Orleans, LA 1872
Detroit, MI 1962
Memphis, TN *
Cleveland, OH 1989
Kansas City, MO 1991
Milwaukee, WI 1908
Cincinnati, OH 1971
Chicago, IL 1931
Washington, DC 1961

* By law, Memphis mayors are supposed to be non-partisan. However, Shelby County Tennessee has voted overwhelmingly Democrat in at least the last six election cycles.

Please do not take my word for it (or anyone else’s for that matter). Here are the FBI’s own raw data queries (it can be a bit overwhelming).

Also, there are tons of sites that break down the FBI’s data all over the internet (Google makes these easy to find). Here is one:

Both the raw data from the FBI and the multitude of websites that present the data show the same thing. That year after year (over the last several decades) the more Democrat controlled cities has the most murders.

Ironically, your second point supports the data that Democrat policies are bad for humans.
“Several of them fall in red states, and some of them are still being affected by republican policies enacted previously.”
This statement presumes two things, that Red states’ laws are the problem, and that some long held Democrat cities are still affected by Republican policies. In every single case (that would be 100%), if you removed the above offending Democrat controlled city from the Red state, then that state becomes safer. It is not the state’s policies that are bad, it is the cities policies that are bad. It’s not hard to calculate this, simply remove the Democrat strongholds from the Red states, and then re-rank all the states according to their murder rate.

Also, there has not been a Republican mayor elected to a top ten murder city since 1991. I’m not sure why you think a democrat-controlled city remains “affected” by policies passed thirty years previously. If they control the city for that long, they can (and have) changed laws to whatever they want. You seemed to question only the red states where a lot of murders occur in Democrat cities. This seems to support the opposite of your statement.

The FBI data presented is from 2020. However, the reality is that this trend has continued for decades. You can go back to the 1980s when Democrat held cities started to become murder zones.

Not sure what this has to do with murder capitols…but Obama became president immediately after a massive economic decline (see the crash of 2008). If he did nothing (which is exactly what he did), the US would have had corrected itself back to where it was…which exactly what it did. It is misleading to say he presided over a booming economy. At best you could say he presided over a recovery. Trump was not president during a recovery, and thus the economy naturally expanded at a more traditional rate. Not really sure why this means anything to the murders in Democrat held areas, but I think the author wanted to make a blanket statement.

Democrat policies of gun control and outright carry bans are fairly well known. The FBI statistics released every year easily prove that these policies have failed for decades. This is what the author meant by “proven misfires”. The United States does have a high murder rate (more than 21,000 murders in 2021 (6.5% rate)). If it were not for the top 10 Democrat kill zones, we would be one of the safer countries on the planet. The media may deceive you in order to confirm your bias, but the statistics proves this to be true. As far as raw murders (not rates), the worst cities are:

City Murders (2021)
Chicago 771
New York 468
Houston 400
Los Angeles 351
Detroit 328
Memphis 289
St. Louis 263
Dallas 236
Indianapolis 216
New Orleans 201

As indicated earlier, some of these cities are definitely in Red states, but cities like Houston have not elected a Republican mayor since 1964.

Not sure where you get the issue of higher minimum wage, the author does not mention it in the article. Not sure how it relates to murder, either.

I know this is a lot of data, but it’s all easily accessible on the internet, it only took a few minutes to locate and collate it. However, people with certain biases will never access it and sometimes even rant that the data just simply doesn’t exist. In fact, the statistics and data are overwhelming, locations with strict gun control laws have higher cases of murder. Anyone telling you anything different are telling you half-truths, cherry-picked data, innuendos, and deception in order to confirm your bias so they can sell you a story.

Al gore
7 months ago

Blue no matter who though, amirite?

Robert Jones
9 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
9 months ago

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

1 year 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
Reply to  LikeIdTellya


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

We are so appreciative that there is a RESPONSIBLE, PATRIOTIC alternative to aarp. Thank you and keep up the great work! We are members!

Zeff Coon
2 years ago

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

1 year 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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!

2 years 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

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