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Dem Congressman: “We’ve Proved that Communism Works”

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 21, 2014 @ 12:00 pm In The Point | 40 Comments

That’s one way to defend ObamaCare.

Democratic Florida Rep. Joe Garcia — fresh off being caught eating his own earwax on camera — was caught in another gaffe this week, claiming that low crime rates in border cities with lots of federal immigration workers is proof that “Communism works.”

Garcia made the comment during a Google hangout he convened last week to talk about illegal alien amnesty with supporters.

“Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in,” he said. “So the most dangerous — sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right?”

“And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico,” Garcia continued. “And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”

But that doesn’t explain why so many cities are crime ridden then? Is it because we didn’t give all the muggers jobs at the IRS or give all the rapists positions at the DMV?

El Paso is not actually the safest city in America. That’s a bizarre Democratic Party claim used to promote amnesty. It only works if you compare it to a narrowly constructed category of cities and it still comes in behind New York and San Diego. Not to mention in some cases, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Its murder and robbery rate figure isn’t bad, but its rape rate is higher than Newark. It has a higher assault rate than Dallas and L.A. Its burglary and property crime rates are higher than New York.

So it’s a matter of which statistics you juggle.

El Paso also has one cop to every 600 people. Or 17 cops to 10,000 people. That’s a worse ratio than New York which is something like a cop to every 300 people, but it really beats Chicago with 44 cops to 10,000 people.

If you look at cities by population, El Paso has one of the higher cop to civilian ratios in its size. And that is much of its secret. If you throw manpower at a crime problem and the department is decently run, you can drive down crime rates.

El Paso has higher cop ratios than Boston, Baltimore or Denver. Its secret isn’t government jobs. It’s men in uniform.


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