Seems the folks in charge in Chicago want more boots on the street to patrol the crime ridden areas. Hey! Lets use the National Guard! That way the
Peoples Republik State of Illinois will have to pay for things.
Despite the fact that they fund fewer and fewer Chicago policemen every year, and instead spend more and more money on “social programs” and
handouts to minorities “entitlements” (I’d like to jam a stick in the eye of whoever made the word “entitlements” commonly used in that context, but I digress), the areas in question have fallen lower and lower on the civilized scale each year. Nor have the number of working folks increased, nor has the quantity of folks living at the poverty level decreased.
All those programs and handouts haven’t materially resulted in a betterment for any of the people living in those areas, and have, if anything, resulted in even less civilized behavior from those residents.
Check out the rates of single parent households. Welfare is, if not THE problem, at least a significant one.
What no one in the media seems to bother to mention is the fact that all the money spent in liberal programs and social engineering is not returning any results. None, zero, nada. The problem is the people.
The issue in the south side of Chicago isn’t anything more than a cultural one. Exacerbated by the so called leaders that the community elects over and over again to help
themselves the citizens of the community with(generally) other peoples money. The areas have been bad since the ’70s and in some cases, despite the massive amounts of money spent, are getting materially worse.
If the city needs policing, let the city hire and train policemen, rather than use National Guardsmen who, while no doubt good folks, aren’t trained to be police. And let the city fund those same policemen, rather than hand out money in the vain attempt to buy civilized behavior and order, rather than expect someone else to pay for it.
Read SecondCityCop to find a policeman’s perspective.