Opinion: The Deadliest Global City

Edward McClelland, NBC Chicago, August 1, 2012

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Among what are considered Alpha world cities, Chicago has the highest murder rate — higher even than the Third World metropolises of Mexico City and Sao Paolo.

Here’s how we rank in murders per 100,000 among cities we consider our peers, based on a projected murder total of 505 for this year.

Singapore 0.4
Tokyo   0.5
Hong Kong 0.6
Berlin     1.0
Sydney    1.0
London 1.4
Toronto  1.7
Amsterdam 1.8
Paris       4.4
New York 6.0
Los Angeles 7.5
Mexico City 8.0
Moscow 9.6
Sao Paulo   15.6
Chicago 19.4

We could be doing worse: Caracas, Venezuela has a murder rate of 130 per 100,000. But its undeniable that the Windy City is under siege.

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The number-one factor in predicting crime is not guns — or lack of guns. It is concentrated urban poverty. Because of Chicago’s history as a segregated city, we have a lot of that.

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  • WmarkW

    And its mayor says the city’s values are not those of Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
    In a way he doesn’t realize, he might be exactly right.

    “Eat les led”

    • The__Bobster

      I took part in today’s “Buycott”. The place was so packed that it took me 30 minutes to get in the front door.

      • There are no locations near me, so I bought a stuffed cow from their online store. 

      • crystal evans

        I never liked their food anyway. Besides I support marriage equality.

        • Rational_Db8

          The issue isn’t if you support marriage equality or not.  The issue is if you support free speech, and the right for others to hold opinions that are different for yours.  Even the ACLU has come out in support of Chick-fil-a on this one. 

          Even more ironic is that the Chick-fil-a owner merely expressed the identical opinion to that which Obama expressed multiple times, up until just a few months ago.  Where was all the outrage then?

          • ncpride

            And now that this pro-gay crowd see the backlash from their drama queen temper tantrum and hypocrisy, it’s now about how Chick-fil-A donate their money, NOT what the owner said.

            Even if the owners ARE anti-gay… SO WHAT!? These people will NEVER get everyone to agree with, and accept their ‘life style’, so they might as well just get over it. Some people are ok with homosexuality, but a lot are also disqusted and repulsed by it, and nothing they can do will ever change that…… not even threats, name calling and intimidation.

  • Chicago is a deadly city.  But it’s really only a “global” city in its own mind.  It doesn’t have a marquee industry that one associates with the city, where one must move in order to reach the pinnacle of success in that industry.  NYC and London have banking and finance, Los Angeles has entertainment and film, Paris has art, Rome has Catholicism, SF/SJ/SV have computers-tech-internet.  Until InBev came along, St. Louis could have been said to have beer.

    • Sven

      I think Los Angeles is an over rated city! I HATE it and everything it stands for…it has NO global significance except for this idiotic lib-tard entertainment industry called Hollywood & the idiotic childish Disneyland along with Mexican ruled Barrios. Also, the American movie industry is on the downward spiral everyday. The REAL mega-metro/ city  of the United States will always be the awesome “Big Apple”. The only city of significance in CA should be SF, at least they have the silicon valley & art culture. The “Big Apple”, London, Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Mumbai & Cairo are the only true global cities which represents each corner of the world.

    • NM156

      Chicago is the commodities trading center of the world, i.e. the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. It’s also the corporate center of North America. No other US metro area has more corporate headquarters.

      • Don’t forget the Chicago Futures Market where the government’s PPT (plunge protection team) rigs the market daily!

      • HenryHolliday

        Yay.

      •  Commodities.  Point taken.

        However, the other points you make are only relevant to the country as a whole, not the world.

  • crystal evans

    The population of Singapore is predominately Chinese with a smattering of Indians and Filipinos. It is also a tightly controlled country with punishments ranging from caning to the Death Penalty for murder and drug offenses. Chicago, on the other hand, is gang infested with both black and Hispanic gangs fighting for territory in the city. They also have easy access to guns, which cause the majority of murders in the city.

    • Rational_Db8

      Easy access to guns has little correlation with murder rates – well, actually it does, a negative correlation.  Both in the USA and around the world the tighter the gun control, the higher the violent crime rate.  Even the total number of guns per capita doesn’t correlate to murder rates. 

      “Democracy is two wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for dinner. Liberty is the well armed lamb contesting the vote.” Benjamin Franklin

      If you or others are actually interested in this issue, try this Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy research paper “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide; A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence http://tinyurl.com/cu9gcvj  They cover the issue others here have asked about also – how do some of these countries which ban firearm ownership compare to those nations that allow it.  What is the basic conclusions on all of these issues?  That there is a negative correlation; e.g, where firearms are MOST dense, violent crime rates are LOWEST.  Where firearms are LEAST dense, violent crimes are HIGHEST.  This is generally true both within the USA and in other nations, including looks at how changing gun control laws has effected crime rates within the same area.  I’d provide data from this article, but it’s a google doc so I don’t have a way to copy from it.

      Why would that be?  Just take a look at actual video, here in the USA very recently, from 3 different angles no less, of a 71 year old coot going after two 19 year old armed masked robbers.  End result?  The two robbers literally falling all over themselves & each other scrambling to get OUT of the establishment they were trying to rob!  Bet those two never think of trying something like this again!

      Video: Excellent — concealed-carrier stops an armed robbery

      http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/17/video-excellent-concealed-carrier-stops-an-armed-robbery/

      Another good one is:  Armed Citizens: Calling 911 Doesn’t Always Work  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkS8mdbml0A&NR=1

      Back on the statistics issue… another article with some good information is, “Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight – A Discussion on Gun Violence, Homicide, and Statistics” excerpts below:  http://tinyurl.com/ctp3dhu

      …Before we look at statistics, let us first establish that people kill other people whether they live in a developed country or not.  The worldwide homicide rate per 100,000 people is 6.9 as of 2010, ranging from 87 per 100,000 people in Honduras to 0.34 in Japan.  In the US, the rate is 4.8, which does not even rank in the top 30.**

      The US does have more guns per capita than any other country, however; 88 guns per 100 people…But if, as Bloomberg suggests, the number of guns within a population is commensurate to gun violence, the US should not only have more murders overall but a higher firearm homicide rate than most any other nation.

      According to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, the US is ranked seventh, at 2.97 firearm homicides per 100,000, far below Colombia (51.77) and Guatemala (18.5).  It appears that people are, in fact, killing other people with guns, and at a far higher rate than in the US.

      …this still doesn’t explain, if firearms mean more murders, why the murder rate in the US is fairly low overall.

      …The Swiss, known for their affinity for firearms, are fourth in gun ownership, 45.7 per 100, yet their homicide rate is less than one per 100,000.  The Yemenis own 54.8 guns per 100 people and have a homicide rate of 4 per 100,000.  Serbians own 58.2 guns per 100 people and have virtually the same murder rate (2.2) as the Cypriots (2.0) and the latter own far less guns (36.4 per 100 people).  High gun ownership might mean a higher murder rate, but then again it might not.

      Further, let’s look at Estonia.  In that country, a mere 15% of homicides are committed using firearms, but the overall homicide rate is 10.45 per 100,000.  Estonia’s non-firearm homicide rate, 8.92, is almost double the total rate in the US.  And get this: Estonia’s citizens are not legally allowed to own guns.  So instead of using firearms to kill people, they’ve gone about it the old fashioned way.

      In fact, of the top 15 highest nations as ranked by overall homicide rate, more than a third of them, six, forbid their citizens from legally owning of firearms.  In some of these countries, the firearm homicide rate is lower than the non-firearm homicide rate, and in others it is not.  In a phrase, if there’s a will there’s a way.

      Gun ownership and prevalence is not necessarily a predictor of gun-related homicide.  Without a doubt, guns are used in the commission of homicides, both in the US and worldwide, and regardless of whether they are legal to own or highly restricted.  But by far, the leading cause of murder, now as throughout history, is being simply killed by another person.  Maybe that’s the real issue here….

  • Eagle_Eyed

    “Because of Chicago’s history as a segregated city, we have a lot of [poverty].”

    If by segregated one infers blacks, then yes poverty is correlated with a high percentage of blacks.  Of course segregation itself has nothing to do with poverty.

    • APaige

      In 2010 more black females committed murder than white males in Chicago, and there are more whites than blacks. Race supercedes ALL other indicators( guns, poverty, sex, etc.)

  • Impoverished=black or mexican area
    Opportunity Zone= area of many Whites
    Good School= White School
    Poorly-Performing School= black or mexican school

    • JackKrak

      fair=unfair
      equal=unequal
      opportunity=guarantee
      access=handout
       
      and on and on…

  • Francis Galton

    I’m not too worried about the 19.4 per 100,000 murder rate in Chicago–I’m more concerned about conservative Christian restaurant owners who dare to speak their minds.

    –Rahm “Noodle” Ewomanuel

    • ncpride

      Hope you visited a Chick-fil-A today to show your support. We did and the place was absolutely packed! Good for them.

      • NM156

        The Chick-Fil-A at Water Tower Chicago was packed today. Maybe they’re just tourists who don’t share Chicagoans’ values…

    • bluffcreek1967

      Good grief, how ironic and strange it all is!

  • JohnEngelman

    The number-one factor in predicting crime is not guns — or lack of guns. It is concentrated urban poverty. Because of Chicago’s history as a segregated city, we have a lot of that.
          
    – Edward McClelland, NBC Chicago, August 1, 2012                             
                                
          
     Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
    The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic. 
     
    – Jared Taylor, from The Color of Crime 
           
        
    Poverty causes crime? According to James Q. Wilson and Richard Herrnstein, ‘During the 1960s, one neighborhood in San Francisco had the lowest income, the highest unemployment rate, the highest proportion of families with incomes under four thousand dollars a year, the least educational attainment, the highest tuberculosis rate, and the highest proportion of substandard housing . . . That neighborhood was called Chinatown. Yet, in 1965, there were only five persons of Chines ancestry commited to prison in the entire [emphasis added] state of California.”
    http://armageddongames.net/showthread.php?89677-Poverty-causes-crime 

    • crystal evans

      In fact, the residents of the Ping Yuen housing project in Chinatown either went to college on academic scholarships or went to work. They did not hang around like blacks do in public housing.

    • Sardonicus

      West Virginia is an impoverished, mostly white state, and yet it has a very low crime rate: lohttp://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0308.pdfw  
      Look at the crime rates for New Hampshire, North Dakota and Vermont– the whiter the state the lower the crime.  Poverty is not a critical factor in crime but race and ethnicity appear to be.
       
       

  • JohnEngelman

    Notice that the three safest cities are Oriental. 

    • The__Bobster

      Notice that John Chinaman can’t make more than one post without mentioning the cat-eaters?

      • bluffcreek1967

        LOL! Priceless!

      • JohnEngelman

        Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate. 
                                                                              
        – Jared Taylor, from “The Color of Crime”
        http://www.colorofcrime.com/colorofcrime2005.html 
                                   
        I admire Orientals because of their low crime rates, and their high IQs. In addition, most of their women are beautiful. I have never known an Oriental I did not like. Several have been best friends, or girl friends. Their cultures fascinate me. 

  • Singapore doesn’t have Chicago’s values. 

    • anmpr1

       Singapore doesn’t have Chicago’s blacks.

      • crystal evans

        Like I said, Singapore is a tightly controlled nation. It does administer caning for criminal offenses and does have an automatic death penalty for drug offenses. The judges have no leeway in sentencing a drug dealer to anything other than death. I do not think that Blacks could live there.

        • HenryHolliday

          Not for long.

      • MekongDelta69

        You beat me to it Seek. I was just about to say (almost) the identical thing.

        The only thing I would modify is, instead of Chicago, you can insert EVERY city in America. When I grew up, this country was 90% European-American. The period from 1945-1965 was the greatest 20 year period in history, in the greatest country on the face of the earth.

        But now… We have a black muslim marxist for a *president*. Think about that. A PRESIDENT.

        That blankety-blank radical couldn’t have gotten a job as a janitor or porter when I grew up.

      • JohnEngelman

        Good for…
         
        Whoops! I better not say something that may get me into trouble. 

    • JohnEngelman

      Good for Singapore. 

  • B

    What evidence is there that poverty creates sociopaths who are willing to shoot people over next to nothing? If that is true then why does poverty create so many more black sociopaths? This poverty excuse is pure liberal dogma.

  • Church_of_Jed

    The other day, a black spokeswoman was blaming Chicago’s Diversity violence on the “past history of discrimination”.

    The typical Whitey Fail! who was debating her never asked:

    “Why don’t you go into the black community in Chicago and convince them to defeat the legacy of discrimination by refusing to commit gun violence?  Have you given up on their capacity to respond to logic? Are you a racist?  Do you have a vested interest in sustained gun violence so you can come on TV and blame White people for the problems occuring where there are no White people?  Are you suggesting that blacks can’t behave unless Whites do more?”

    • Chicago’s current violence is due to the city’s lack of “discrimination” in the past.

      Historically speaking, whatever the racial paradigm was of the country as a whole, Chicago has always been to the left.  While Chicago had segregation, it was “mild” compared to other places.  And they got rid of it well before most places did or had to.  Because of that, Chicago has always been seen as a land of milk and honey to blacks, and still is in a way.  When blacks out of the Deep South left because they were no longer needed, many wanted to and did indeed go to Chicago.  Ergo, violent crime in Chicago.

      Illinois’s history as the “Land of Lincoln” results in white pandering egalitarian politicians.  Which makes the situation worse.

      Which is why Quinn’s recent unilateral ban on certain “assault weapons” (using amendatory veto power) is laughable.  Who’s going to enforce it?  How will anyone in violation be punished?  Illinois doesn’t have enough prison space as it is for all the murderers, much less anyone else.

      • Church_of_Jed

        You wasted all that time and energy on logic, which doesn’t apply when Diversity and shaking down Whitey fo’ mo’ dat free stuff is at stake.

    • crystal evans

      I saw a documentary once on the great migration of blacks to Chicago in the 1920’s to the 1970’s. The majority of the blacks were from Missisippi. In fact, many of those who went to Chicago are moving down south, where jobs are more plentiful and the quality of life is better than in Chicago.

  • MekongDelta69

    Because of Chicago’s history as a segregated city, we have a lot of that.

    Leftists are just too stupid and deranged to waste too much of your time.

    If, by Edward McClelland’s (il)logic, then because of “segregation,” whites should have the same amount of criminality in their neighborhoods.

  • Publius

    The author of this article talks about the low murder rate in Tokyo. This is not a function of gun control as suggested, rather, the fact that Japan is a homogenous society with very few foreigners and a fairly strong adherence to traditional values. 

    • JohnEngelman

      “Homogeneous” is a is a polite way of saying, “virtually no third world people.” Whites and Orientals have practiced civilization longer. Civilization breeds civilized people. Over a period of centuries the criminal justice system of a civilized nation removes those with criminal inclinations from the gene pool. It does this through the frequent use of capital punishment and long prison sentences. 
       
      Because there are many poorly evolved people in the United States, or dare I say? poorly evolved peoples, we need to return to that.  

      • Rational_Db8

        I’d say that far more detrimental impact has come from the ‘war on poverty’ and our welfare policies, all which serve to discourage the family unit.  To borrow from a few articles:

        … In 1940, 86 percent of black children were born inside marriage, and the illegitimacy rate among blacks was about 15 percent.

        Today, only 35 percent of black children are born inside marriage, and
        the illegitimacy rate hovers around 70 percent. Today’s breakdown of the
        black family is unprecedented. It began in the 1960s with the War on
        Poverty and the harebrained ideas of the welfare state. … By the way,
        the welfare state is an equal opportunity family destroyer. Today’s
        illegitimacy rate among whites, at nearly 30 percent, is higher than it
        was among blacks in the 1960s when Moynihan sounded the alarm. In
        Sweden, the mother of the welfare state, illegitimacy is 54 percent.”

        Walter E. Williams

        Politics and Blacks

        Capitalism Magazine

        August

        12, 2009~~~~”The disappearance of marriage in
        low-income communities is the predominant cause of child poverty in the
        U.S. today. If poor single mothers were married to the fathers of their
        children, two-thirds of them would not be poor. The absence of a husband
        and father from the home also is a strong contributing factor to
        failure in school, crime, drug abuse, emotional disturbance, and a host
        of other social problems.”

        Robert Rector

        Understanding Illegitimacy

        The Heritage Foundation

        April

        12, 2010~~~~”Of course women do not get pregnant
        just to get welfare benefits. It is also true that a wide array of other
        social factors has contributed to the growth in out-of-wedlock births.
        But, by removing the economic consequences of a[n] out-of-wedlock birth,
        welfare has removed a major incentive to avoid such pregnancies. A
        teenager looking around at her friends and neighbors is liable to see
        several who have given birth out of wedlock. When she sees that they
        have suffered few visible immediate consequences (the very real
        consequences of such behavior are often not immediately apparent), she
        is less inclined to modify her own behavior to prevent pregnancy.”

        Michael Tanner

        Relationship Between the Welfare State and Crime

        Cato Institute

        June

        7, 1995~~~~”…in America the problem with primarily
        cash welfare was that it undermined the work ethic and produced a
        generation of people who had never been employed, encouraged (if not
        exactly caused) unmarried motherhood, wrecked families (or made it
        irrational to start them), and reduced the inner cities to Third World
        status.”

        Norman Barry

        The Never-Ending Welfare Debate

        The Freeman, Volume 51, Issue 3

        Foundation for Economic Education

        March

        2001~~~~

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Surprised?  

    After all, 0bama said this about Chicago’s values:

    If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun

    Bon

  • tickyul

    Send him to CHICAGOBABWE!!!!!!!!

  •  Q.D.’s Axiom #62:  There is a link between poverty and crime.  Crime causes poverty.

    • B

      That is true. Even a well run business will fail in a black area since nobody wants to come there only to have their car broken into or risk being mugged.

      • Guess who agrees with us:


        “No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or if police can be bought off by drug traffickers,” he said.

        “No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the Port Authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.

        http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/obama_declares_to_africa_end_t.html

  • The__Bobster

    Don’t you have a Chick-fil-A kiss-in to attend?

  • The__Bobster

    Pittsburgh had every excuse to fail, yet it didn’t. Do you know the reason why?

    • MekongDelta69

      *waves hand furiously*
      “Ooh, ooh, ooh. Mr. Kotter, Mr. Kotter. I know, I know. Pick me, pick me.”

      “Ok – why?”

      “Because, because, Mr. Kotter, because, uhmm… Pittsburgh’s a predominantly white city, as opposed to other cities. Amirite, huh, huh?”

      *sigh* “Yes you are Horshack. I never realized you were that smart Arnold.”

      “Yeah well – don’t let my looks fool ya Mr. Kotter.”

  • crystal evans

    Aren’t most of the Poles and Irish recent immigrants and do not have the means to move out of the city?

  •  Hollywood is a disgusting joke.  IF you knew what really went down in Hollyweird you would never glamorize it.

  • NM156

    Chicago still has a large middle class, concentrated mostly in the Bungalow Belt that wraps around the edge of the city. This area is also home to Chicago’s white ethnic groups. Whites never left this area and have steadfastly held it. Thanks to the real estate collapse, their future is secure.

  • NM156

    Chicago’s white crime consists of drunken wrestling matches outside of an Irish Pub or a Polish tavern. The city did have a white gang problem until the late ‘ 80s-early ’90s, the result of deindustrialization and ethnic tensions in changing white neighborhoods.

  • Rational_Db8

    Then how do you explain the success of Texas?

  • JohnEngelman

    It would not be nonexistent, but it would be much lower. 

  • JohnEngelman

    According to Neighborhood Scout Chicago has a crime index of 6 out of 100. That means that it is safer than six percent of U.S. cities.
                                        
    http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/chicago/crime/                                                   By contrast, San Jose, Ca, with its large Vietnamese population, has a crime index of 29.                                   http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/san-jose/crime/                                    Detroit, to my no great surprise, has a crime index of one.                                   http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/detroit/crime/      

  • KenelmDigby

    Glad to see you back, Yorkshireman!

  • razorrare

     So…Chicago has a murder rate of 19.4 per 100,000…guess thats why Rahm Emanuel hired his bestest buddy Anti-Semite and Anti-Homosexual Louis Farahkan & members to help patrol dangerous neighborhoods to try and ease the killing rate…at he same time that he was denigrating Chick-Fil-A  Ownership…Last i heard muslims were the most intolerant of homo-sexuals.Will Rahm now be decclaring mosques to be razed in Chicago?….Har Har Har…
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  • razorrare
  • LaSantaHermandad

    “Chicago’s murder rate is 40 times that of Singapore.” How large is Singapore’s Black population? 

  • mobilebay

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. Hey, Mayor, we’re so glad Chik-fil-a doesn’t share Chicago values…murder capital of the country and corrupt leadership. We’ll take the majority values any old day.

  • Detroit_WASP

    Detroit is 34.5…..AND IT WASN’T EVEN MENTIONED! ?

  • “concentrated poverty” a.k.a. black people

  • JohnEngelman

    I never said they are. 

  • JohnEngelman

    Yorkshireman, 
    Do you have statistics drawn from credible sources that compare white and black crime rates in England? For reasons probably of political correctness I have had difficulty finding data on that.

    • godzillabloggs

      If figures for London would be of help, some where published in 2010.

      The official figures, which examine the ethnicity of
      those accused of violent offences in London, suggest the majority of men held
      responsible by police for gun crimes, robberies and street crimes are black.

       

      Black men are also disproportionately the victims of
      violent crime in the capital.

       

      http://tinyurl.com/26ec5gl

    • Yorkshireman.

      Operation ‘Trident’ was set up specifically by the Met Police to address the increasing black-on-black violence and in response to criticism from the black ‘community’ that the police were doing little to investigate attacks on black youth. Of course, all attempts to find witnesses were fraught as no one ever saw or heard anything. I believe that in USA this is called ‘don’t snitch’ so it is not surprising that blacks in UK follow this wonderful display of citizenship and social responsibility. ‘Godzillablogs’ cites an informative link which explains the situation better than I could. You will be discouraged from finding and citing race and criminality statistics because officially there is no connection and it is considered racist to do so. Horatio Nelson also placed his telescope to his blind eye when it best suited him. Perhaps if our black schoolchildren can be persuaded not to carry knives into class it would help but that would be culturally unacceptable, not to mention racist, as they have to protect themselves from other blacks. They really do despise  each other with a blind hatred based on tribal postal codes. I suppose one day Whites will be blamed for black crimes because they introduced such a divisive and racist system of sorting letters! Heh ho, such are the joys of enforced multiculturalism and unrestricted immigration.

  • Rational_Db8

    Going in for a little meaningless distraction there, are you vladimir?  3 individuals, two of which were clearly exceptionally successful as they managed to be elected president of the USA, have nothing to do with the recent economic status of the various states, or crime rates. 

    The post I replied to implies that demographics – race – is the major cause of the plight of cities such as Chicago, LA, Detroit… and that furthermore, liberal/progressive/democrat policies in those cities have little or nothing to do with it.

    Well, Texas certainly has a comparable minority demographic to those areas, and yet it is flourishing.  See: http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/05/why-texas-economy-is-booming/?print=1

    Why the Texas economy is booming

    …between June 2009 and December 2011 …13 states recorded net job losses. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia recorded anemic levels of growth, gaining fewer than 25,000 jobs over those 30 months. Only 16 states created 25,000 or more net new jobs…
    Today, despite billions in government “stimulus,” 30 states’ unemployment rates are either higher or less than 1 percent lower than they were at the end of the recession. For a majority of states, there has simply been no great improvement in this area during the past two and a half years. The remaining states’ unemployment rates, with the exception of Michigan (-4.5 percent), have decreased by between 1 percent and 2.8 percent.

    Nearly everywhere you look, state economies are at a standstill, existing in a sort of job-creation limbo. But while job-creation stagnation generally plagues the U.S. as a whole, there is one large state — Texas — where vitality has returned.

    Two weeks ago, Texas officials announced that the Lone Star State had crossed an important threshold. After a shorter, less severe recessionary period than the rest of the nation experienced, the state’s labor market had returned to its pre-recession employment levels, meaning that Texas’ economy has now regained every job lost during the worst parts of the recession in late 2008 and 2009.

    …As of December 2011, Texas’ unemployment rate has been at or below the national average for 60 consecutive months. This feat is all the more impressive given that Texas added more people than any other state between 2010 and 2011, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

    Clearly, something special is happening in Texas, but what exactly is the state’s secret to success? Simply put, Texas has gotten government out of the way.

    For quite some time now, but particularly over the past decade or so, Texas lawmakers, backed by voters, have cultivated an environment of low taxes and spending, a minimal and predictable regulatory climate and a sound civil justice system. And it is more than just lip-service: Texans have committed to the idea of limited government.

    In the last legislative session, state lawmakers closed a $15 billion budget shortfall without raising taxes, opting instead to cut spending to match available revenue. Total state spending declined … its top 10 ranking for business tax climate, as assessed by the Tax Foundation.

    In the decade since Texas deregulated …This has allowed Texas’ electricity supply to keep pace with our state’s rapid growth, and for retail electricity rates to be lower today than they were in the final days of Texas’ utility monopolies.

    In nearly every major policy area, the state is adopting a conservative stance, creating a dynamic business environment to which both businesses and entrepreneurs are flocking. This, in turn, has created a flourishing job market.

    Since June 2009, Texas’ economy, now the 14th-largest in the world, has added 357,400 jobs, almost triple the number of jobs produced by California, the state that has produced the second-most jobs since June 2009. Impressively, this means that Texas is responsible for nearly one of every four jobs created in the nation since the NBER declared the recession over.

  • My Marxist college professors back in the 70s stated repeatedly and unequivocally that poverty causes crime and that most criminals committed crimes to feed their families. After 30 years in corrections (encountering several  thousands of criminals) I never met even one criminal who committed crimes to feed their family. Those claims, from my Marxists professors, were complete fabrications; offered up to justify the redistribution of wealth as it would reduce crime. After several trillion dollars spent on the “Great Society” social welfare programs of Lyndon Johnson, we can honestly say that wealth redistribution did not reduce crime, but in fact made crime and life in the urban jungle much worse.