16-year-old boy beaten to death in Roseland
Ho-hum. Just another day in Chicago.
More from Doug Ross, a Chicago native:
Honors Student Derrion Albert's murder, one of hundreds of killings in the city annually, should serve as the flagship video for Chicago's attempt at securing the Olympics.Just as a reminder, in case you spent the last year only watching MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS:
After all, decades of unbroken Democrat rule have successfully built a culture of urban dependency predicated upon easy access to welfare, food stamps and other "free" social programs. These, in turn, have led to a dramatic increase in single-parent families and a concomitant rise in violent crime.
In The Atlantic Monthly, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote that the relationship between single-parent families and crime "is so strong that controlling for family configuration erases the relationship between race and crime and between low income and crime... The nation's mayors, as well as police officers, social workers, probation officers, and court officials [all] point to family break up as the most important source of rising rates of crime."
Let me repeat that. Control for single-parent families and there are no differences between the races when it comes to crime.
Study after study confirms that the statistical link between the availability of welfare and single-parent families is conclusive. There have been dozens of studies that link the availability of welfare benefits to out-of-wedlock birth. One study found that a 50 percent increase in the value of AFDC and foodstamp payments led to a 43 percent increase in the number of out-of-wedlock births.
Research for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that a 50 percent increase in the monthly value of combined AFDC and food stamp benefits led to a 117 percent increase in the crime rate among young black men.
Yet the Democrats, the Daley Machine, Valerie Jarrett, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and their ilk at ACORN and the SEIU continue to advocate for more welfare, more wealth redistribution and, ultimately, more of the same malaise.
In spite of all the studies, all of the research, all of their failed social experiments, Democrats continue to promote policies that are destructive for thousands of young people like Derrion Albert.
One hopes that the International Olympic Committee takes note. And that, someday, Chicago's voters turn these bums out.
Let me put it in pictures for our progressive friends
Chicago deserves the Olympics like Beirut deserves the Olympics. As a citizen of this city, I shudder when I consider how much money Mayor Daley has already wasted in courting this hugely degenerate organization. While the south side burns, while 364 kids have been murdered and while sales tax is already 10.5% (along with the highest gasoline tax in the country, not to mention one of the highest property rates, as well), Daley - and the rest of this corrupt, incestuous and criminal Democratic "machine" is far too busy deflecting attention to something as asinine as the Olympics.
And yet, Chicagoans continue to vote for this disgrace. I guess it really is true what they say - as long as you plow the streets, you'll win elections. These town-folks in the windy city are hopeless. But that's what happens when you become a welfare-reliant city.