The general mindset of the political left is similar from country to country and even from century to century...
The headline in the Washington Post story...
Headline from an article in today's Wall Street Journal...
The Washington Post finds it surprising that crime rates in New York City have dropped while the prison population has declined...
Robert Samuelson points out wisely that the measured poverty rate is a misleading measure of economic progress when there is immigration (a common theme here at the Cafe)...
These are exciting though scary revolutionary times, akin to the constant acrimony in the fourth-century BC polis, mid-nineteenth century revolutionary Europe, or — perhaps in a geriatric replay — the 1960s. . . .
No official order was ever given to underreport or not report crimes that weren't cleared, but an officer following the rulebook would soon find out from his sergeant that he had an attitude.
Kelo and the debate over economic development takings
America’s cities are being reborn. Who are the midwives? Cops. By Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker.
What do black Americans need in order to get ahead? A truly free market. By Walter E. Williams.
Stephen Moore examines the proposition that immigrants impose burdens on the cities where they live, acting as an economic drag. The facts, he finds, suggest otherwise.
Tougher law enforcement is driving down urban crime
As a scholar and a black American, Walter E. Williams has always been his own map. By Nick Gillespie.
More than half of all immigrants in the United States reside in just seven cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, Houston, and San Francisco. A controversial issue is whether immigrants are a benefit or a burden to these areas. A 1997 National Academy of Sciences study reports that "immigrants add as much as $10 billion to the national economy each year," but "in areas with high concentrations of low-skilled, low-paid immigrants," they impose net costs on U.S.-born workers. This essay questions that finding.
Examining a range of economic variables for the eighty-five largest U.S. cities over the period 1980–1994, this essay finds that those cities with heavy concentrations of immigrants outperformed cities with few immigrants. Compared with low-immigrant cities, high-immigrant cities had double the job creation rate, higher per capita incomes, lower poverty rates, and 20 percent less crime. Unemployment rates, however, were unusually large in high-immigrant cities. These findings do not answer the critical questions of whether the immigrants cause the better urban conditions or whether benign urban conditions attract the immigrants. But the essay does refute the assertion that the economic decline of cities is caused by immigration; that assertion cannot be true because, with few exceptions, the U.S. cities in greatest despair today--Detroit, Saint Louis, Buffalo, Rochester, Gary--have virtually no immigrants.
There are better ways to provide legal aid to the poor