What’s up with TV stations that post clips with embed codes that don’t work? That’s just teasing! In this case it’s worth clicking here to see the video – if just to hear the anchors’ intro. “Ask ten people . . . what’s causing the violence you get ten different answers.” Which should have been followed by “Ask a politician and you get a bunch of horsesh*t.” The Reverend Jesse Jackson is a politician isn’t he? A race hustler is a subset of the breed, I believe. Anyway, the money shot: “If we can find $4 billion for those children [on the U.S. border] — and we should — we can find $2 billion for Chicago. There are more children involved, and more have been killed, and more have been shot.” Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, former White House Chief of Staff, defended his ex-box. Ish. Like this . . .
“I slightly disagree with the reverend,” Emanuel said. “I wouldn’t put this at the president’s door. I put this at the door of Washington, D.C. This has been a long time that they have stopped investing in our children, and they need to invest in our kids.”
Excuse me? Investing? The government doesn’t “invest” in anything. The government spends money, the majority of which disappears down a union-shaped rathole. Or into the swirling maw of black hole bureaucracy. If the government isn’t the least efficient, least productive, least accountable organization on the face of planet earth I have no idea what is.
Not to mention that fact that the “they” Rahm refers to who are refusing to “invest in our kids” is us. It’s our tax money. OK, our grandchildren’s tax money. Shoveling billions of bucks Chicago’s way, helping deeply corrupt politicians pad and protect their patronage system under the guise of helping children (no less), will do sweet FA to reduce the gang warfare responsible for Chiraq’s [endless] firearms-related crime wave.
As the 11th man the TV station didn’t think to ask, if Chicago wants to stop the “gun violence” there’s a simple three-point plan. 1) a police surge against the gangs 2) a judicial surge that puts them in jail and 3) arm law-abiding locals. If Uncle Sam wants to help, he can legalize drugs. That is all. [h/t Pascal]