The old adage, “Crime doesn’t pay” needs an update. In Democrat-run cities like San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, where soft-on-crime prosecutors and policies have taken hold, tone-deaf political elites drink their wine and eat their brie under the protection of security details at the taxpayer’s expense. Meanwhile, hard-working citizens and business owners are taking it on the chin.
Their families aren’t safe to walk the streets, brazen shoplifters help themselves to whatever products they fancy at local supermarkets, and an overwhelming sense of lawlessness pervades everyday life. If you’re a regular citizen or business owner in a blue city, your mindset needs to be adjusted to, “Tolerating crime doesn’t pay.”
The phenomenon known as The Blue State Exodus has been well-documented, with citizens in states like California, New York, and Illinois loading up their U-Hauls and heading south at record rates to Florida, Texas, and the Carolinas. In the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, and with skyrocketing inflation amplifying the impact of excessive tax rates, personal freedom and financial considerations are the primary motivators for suburbanites.
But for the city dwellers, it’s more than just tyrannical vaccine policies and high property taxes driving their decisions to bail out. It’s the decay of the rule of law and its absurd acceptance of it by elected officials. Blue cities are becoming reminiscent of Gotham City, pre-Batman, only Commissioner Gordon thinks things are going just swimmingly.
But citizens and businesses have had enough, and nowhere is the problem more evident than in Chicago. According to Fox News:
“Gary Rabine, founder of the Rabine Group and owner of 13 businesses, told Fox News Digital this week that surging crime in Chicago was a driving factor in his decision to pull his road paving company out of the city after his crews were repeatedly robbed, sometimes in broad daylight, even after adding security to the jobs.
‘We would do thousands of jobs a year in the city, but as we got robbed more, my people operating rollers and pavers we got robbed, our equipment would get stolen in broad daylight and there would usually be a gun involved, and it got expensive and it got dangerous,’ Rabine told Fox News Digital.”
As the far-left governance of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has produced its inevitable results, business owners in the Windy City have been closing shop and heading to greener, safer pastures.
Last week, billionaire hedge fund owner Ken Griffin announced his decision to leave Chicago and move his company, Citadel, to Miami thanks to out-of-control crime. And heavy machinery behemoth Caterpillar declared their pullout from the area the previous week. In Caterpillar’s case, they’re not just shutting down a plant, they’re moving their corporate headquarters to Texas after having been based near Chicago for almost a century.
But it’s not just large and midsize employers that have had enough of Chicagoland crime. Small business owners like Jessica Nguyen have had to close their doors due to devastating burglaries and criminal harassment, and Mayor Lightfoot has even taken the bizarre approach of proactively shutting down small businesses with the intention of reducing surging gang-related crime: an ass-backward governmental strategy if ever there was one.
Many of us who have fond remembrances of Chicago and the Magnificent Mile only need to look back a few years to recall better times, when personal security was an afterthought rather than our foremost priority. But times have changed, and they have done so very quickly. For those who have had enough, you can either start voting out radically leftwing politicians, or you can vote with your feet and hit the road. And for those who are intent on sticking it out and weathering the storm, Godspeed and good luck. You’re going to need it.
By Jordan Case
Jordan Case offers opinions from the unique perspective of both entrepreneur and parent and is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative. Jordan does not participate in the cesspool of social media.
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