Today’s explosion in violent crime parallels the return of 1970s-style inflation and gasoline lines. Wide ties and polyester slacks can’t be far behind. Criminals themselves are the root cause of crime — now and forevermore. But the thugs’ enablers, and sometime cheerleaders, are the root cause of nearly every contemporary American malady: The Democratic-left.
Liberal Democrats concocted at least three rotten policies that have propelled the mayhem now tormenting Democrat-run cities plagued by the left’s peanut-allergy-like aversion to law and order.
How is that working out?
In New York City, AOC and Black Lives Matter got what they wanted: Mayor Bill de Bolshevik and the City Council last year defunded the New York Police Department’s budget by $1 billion or 9.2 percent. Year-to-date data find patrol strength down1.6 percent. Transit cops are off 33.4 percent.
•Rape: Up 2.0 percent
•Felony assault: Up 8.0 percent
•Murder: Up 17.7 percent
•Shooting victims: Up 76.9 percent
•Shooting incidents: Up 77.4 percent
Just as the Republican-right predicted a year ago, when the Democratic-left