The Bloomberg Syndrome On Display

ANARCHY IN THE UK: “Less than one in 20 street robberies and burglaries are being solved in the UK, shocking new figures have revealed.

Official police data shows that just four per cent of robberies and three per cent of burglaries were solved in England and Wales in 2017.”

In 2011, Victor Davis Hanson warned of “The Bloomberg Syndrome:” “Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.”

Last week, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, having solved all of England’s theft, stabbing, and terrorism problems, pivoted to tackling the truly vexing issues: Closing Wikipedia’s super-ultra-highly problematic ‘gender page gap.’

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Civil Discourse & Leftist Discourse

From Instapundit:

ELIMINATIONIST RHETORIC: Liberal PAC Urges Donors To ‘Take Out’ Republican Congressman Who Survived Being Shot Last Year.

CNN analyst Chris Cillizza deletes tweet showing Trump in crosshairs.

Related: How a Bernie Bro Nearly Committed the Biggest Political Killing In American History.

Plus, earlier:

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The Democrats and High Gas Prices

Love this post from Instapundit by Ed Driscoll:

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Democrats’ Sudden Concern For Gas Prices Is A Dodge To Hide Their Anti-Wallet Policies.

Unfortunately for the left, it’s not hard to see what the party line was on gas prices back in the day. In 2008, before becoming Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary, Steven Chu said, “we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” which at the time was between $7 and $9 per gallon. The Obama Administration made pursuing high energy prices  their prime directive.

Flashbacks:

● Obama goes full YOLO: Proposes raising gas prices in final budget.

● “In 2008, then-Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar — now the secretary of the Department of the Interior in charge of the leasing of federal oil lands — refused to vote for any new offshore drilling. In a Senate exchange with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Salazar objected to allowing any drilling on America’s outer continental shelf — even if gas prices reached $10 a gallon. We can now see why the president appointed Salazar, inasmuch as Obama recently promised the Brazilians that he would be eager to buy their newfound offshore oil — while prohibiting similar such exploration here at home.”

● NBC, the Washington Post, and the New York Times in lockstep call for higher gas taxes.

● 2008 L.A. Times headline: “The joy of $8 gas.”

● 2012 CNN headline: “Rising gas prices aren’t as bad as you think.”

● Reid draws line against Keystone.

Exit quote: “Under my plan, energy costs will necessarily skyrocket…”

 

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“Hundreds of Immigrant Children…”

The New York times spins again with this headline:

Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border

Hmmm, let’s think about this a moment. But first, I agree that removing children from their legal immigrant parents is truly horrific and we should be rightly outraged.

Now, to the particulars: right off the bat, you should notice that the author doesn’t write “illegal immigrant”. So, let’s move on.

I find nothing in this particular story to suggest that separating children from illegal immigrant parents is U.S. immigration policy except when…

  1. the parental relationship cannot be determined (e.g., may have been kidnapped or destined to be marketed as a sex slave, etc.,) or
  2. the adult “parent” poses a danger to the child (the adult is a drug addict/dealer, has a criminal history, etc.). In any case, the statistics quoted article reveals that such occurrences for the two reasons cited above are rare and, moreover, are illegal when used for deterrence purposes.

The author even admits as much. There is nothing – absolutely nothing – in this article that supports the accusation that U.S. immigration policy uses separation as a deterrence to illegal immigrants. None! Children are separated from illegal immigrant adults Bwhen they are perceived to be in danger.

Now let’s put this 700 immigrant children into context. In the first 6 months of fiscal year 2016 over 32,000 illegal immigrant families were caught and detained. If we assume two or more children per family then a total of 700 separations amounts to just 1.1% were separated and, don’t forget this part, because they needed protection (see #1 and #2 above).

But, let’s just suppose the data are wrong and each of these 700 kids were ripped away from loving parents in order to deter others from immigrating illegally to the U.S. If so,  then not only were 700 crimes committed, but each of those 700 kids represents a monumental tragedy. The agents guilty of such a practice ought be prosecuted.

Still there is some context to the 700 number to be considered. Taken by itself, 700 is a large number for many. Taken in perspective, however, there is a lesson to be learned. For example, suppose Chicago was able to reduce its murder rate to 1 per year! Would not all the country rejoice? Would not the city’s government agencies be rightly honored? Still, it’s one murder too many. Surely, it matters to the family and friends of the individual who was murdered. And we should rightly mourn with the family and friends of the victim. But society ought not base its policies are rare events. As the Bible teaches, “A generalty is the mother of truth“. If the Bible is not your cup of tea, try this one: let not the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Anyway, the takeway here is that this story is largely untrue (Fake News!) because it attempts to persuade not with reason but with heartbreaking anecdotes. Emote all you want, but one cannot get around the fact that existing immigration law does not permit breaking up families in hopes of deterring illegal immigration.

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