Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Chicago's quality of life, by the numbers
I note that according to HeyJackass (which Second City Cop calls "the ONLY trusted source for actual crime numbers" - and do read the comments there, too), Chicago has passed another grim milestone for 2019.
Five-hundred-plus homicides in a year . . . The latest mass shooting in Chicago says a great deal about why the numbers are so high. Note that the gathering concerned was to honor - HONOR!!! - the memory of a thug and criminal who tried to carjack a vehicle, and was shot in the attempt. Congratulations to the shooter, and thank you for removing a menace from the streets of Chicago.
Chicago cops just don't seem able to get a handle on the enormous crime rates there. No matter how much is spent on them, no matter how many of them there are, the politically correct keep tying their hands and preventing them from doing what's needed to clean up the city. I truly can't understand why the people of Chicago tolerate crime figures like those. If the Texas city where I live had that sort of problem, I think the police wouldn't have to sort it out: the local residents would. All the cops would have to do is provide cleanup services.
Of course, as we've seen many times in these pages before, Chicago's a basket case in so many ways it isn't even funny. Consider its fixed costs as a percentage of the city's operating revenues:
(See the original chart at the link for an interactive version.) In 2018, the city had fixed payments relative to revenue of 44.2%. In other words, for every dollar it collected in taxes, 44.2 cents were already committed or obligated - at least in theory, if not in practice - before it spent one single cent to pay for its day-to-day needs. That's no way to run a city - or a corporation or a home, for that matter. It's crippling the entire city administration, and is one reason why cops can't achieve more against crime in the Windy City.
I have friends who live in and near Chicago. For the life of me, I can't imagine why . . .