• BeeBee.BeeLeaves

    The late, great Jack Kemp, as HUD Secretary (93-96) visited some inner cities to see things for himself. I think it was Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia. That was mid 90s, and yowsa, look at them now. He said afterwards that if a city does not actively foster, empower and take care of its community, it will then stress, repress, depress and oppress it with a police state. Nothing against public safety, we must back the blue, but blue should not be used in lieu of city councils everywhere doing right by, and for, their citizens. Diverting funds and neglecting community, is the easy peasy police go to dependency we have today. Not fair to police. Not fair to community. And not in the least bit sustainable. And yet, candidates always harp on that. Restore communities … make them better … and you will restore law abiding streets … and restore peace. Self servitude, decades of having to endure that, is what has led us to such madness. Not just in Es.Say., but cities everywhere. Local government must serve its people. Must. State and Fed never will, as much as we would like them to. It all begins to get better through local. And ripples out.

    • LFOldTimer

      Maybe if we didn’t pay the police like Ph.D.’s with specialties in small-particle molecular physiology there would be some left over for the communities and we wouldn’t have to live with infrastructure built in 1945 that will crumble like a stale graham cracker in the next 7.0 earthquake.

      • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

        Indeed. But that’s where powerful unions have been empowered by councils, and “don’t mind if we do” take the liberty to ask for the moon, and get it, for the last two decades.

        I can’t blame them for jockeying into position every budget time. If in lieu, council persons are lazy, or using the position to self enrich, for ego, to lobby, doing pay to play, they are not going to steer a city, no time left, towards better. So the default is to use funds for those that funded them to get in in the first place, to have union user friendly city leaders come budget time. So much more easy peasy to deal with The Chosen Few than a much larger Greater Good that is their constituency. And it keeps them in office, the special interest funding, and policing in turn can keep communities at bay in some cities. We all know that some ambitious safety folks are used as city leaders’ Young Turks against concerned citizenry.

        Not fair to either, cops or communities. But at least cops are well compensated for all of this. Citizens, not so much. Totally unsustainable, as we are seeing present day. Our leaders need to honor that past experience, honestly analyze it, and change the modus for a much better future. And they have to have the fortitude to do it.

        Hopeful.

  • LFOldTimer

    If you really want change that you can believe in….vote for Rocco.