One doesn’t need to look much further than any American city run by political Democrats to see the effects of failed liberal leadership. From high crime to high poverty rates to struggling education, the largest cities with the greatest downfalls are all led by Democrats.
It comes as little surprise that a party that legislates by instinct and emotion would have such destructive results. Unfortunately that failed leadership comes at a high cost for their constituents.
I recently took a look at key performance metrics for the top ten cities in the United States with a population over 1,000,000 people. That list includes New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, and San Jose. With the exception of San Diego, all of these cities are run by Democrats. And as we will see, Republican-led San Diego outperforms the other nine cities in almost every metric I looked at. (San Antonio’s mayor lists himself as an Independent, but facilitates progressive policies consistent with the Democratic Party).
When it comes to violent crime, which includes manslaughter, rape, and aggravated robbery, every city on the list ranks higher than the national average except for San Diego. The national average for violent crimes is 386 incidents per 100,000 people. San Diego’s index is 366.
Chicago (1,098), Houston (1,095), Philadelphia (947), Dallas (774), Los Angeles (761), Phoenix (760), San Antonio (707), New York (538), and San Jose (403) are all well above the national average.
The same is mostly true for property crimes, including burglary, arson, and theft. The national average is 2,450 incidents per 100,000 people. Again San Diego is below the national average, with an index of 1,842. The only two Democratically-led cities that were below the national average were New York (1,448) and San Jose (2,440).
San Antonio (4,844), Houston (4,128), Phoenix (3,670), Chicago (3,263), Dallas (3,185), Philadelphia (3,063), and Los Angeles (2,535) all experience property crime rates higher than the national average.
When it comes to education, again San Diego meets the national average of an 85% high school graduation rate. Among the remaining cities only San Jose does better at 86%.
Every other city in the top ten has high school graduation rates below the national average; Houston (84%), Los Angeles (83%), Philadelphia (81%), Phoenix (80%), San Antonio (80%), Chicago (78%), New York (76%), and Dallas (74%).
Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Phoenix, Houston, and San Antonio all experience more than 10% of students who don’t even finish 9th grade. This is a staggering and unacceptable number in a country as advanced as the United States. The number in San Diego is 6%. Only Philadelphia is lower, at 4%.
Poverty rates are also high in the ten largest cities. Only San Jose (10%) is below the national average of 12%. The remaining cities follow: San Diego (13%), Chicago (13%), Houston (15%), San Antonio (17%), Phoenix (18%), New York (19%), Los Angeles (20%), Dallas (21%), and Philadelphia (26%).
While unemployment rates in these cities are near the national average, the combined tax rates in these cities are all among the highest in the country, with San Diego being the lowest of the ten cities being compared. More people are working, but also paying more in taxes to their corrupt city leadership to mismanage.
Another eye-opening metric is Air Quality Index (AQI). For a party so hyper-focused on being environmentally conscience, many of these cities are among the most polluted in the United States. The AQI reports provided by the USEPA indicate that Los Angeles, for example, only saw 35 days of good air quality in 2018 while Phoenix only saw 42 days of good air quality. The two most polluted cities on the list, Los Angeles was rated with a moderate to unhealthy AQI 330 days in 2018, while Phoenix was rated the same for 323 days.
There are many other statistics that follow suit. While I did not elaborate on them here, metrics regarding infrastructure, job growth, investment capital, and community wellness follow much the same pattern. The most populous cities in the country, run by Democrats, perform poorly across the board. Whether it’s failed school systems, high crime, extreme poverty rates, or environmental carelessness, liberal policies are destroying cities that were once among the most vibrant and beautiful in the country.
When considering all metrics (including infrastructure, job growth, and taxation) of the ten cities outlined, only the Republican-led city of San Diego consistently outranks the others. San Jose, however, is not far behind. I’ve ranked these ten in terms of desirability, from most desirable to least desirable:
- San Diego, Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R)
- San Jose, Mayor Sam Liccardo (D)
- San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg (I)
- New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D)
- Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner (D)
- Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney (D)
- Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D)
- Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti (D)
- Dallas, Mayor Mike Rawlings (D)
- Phoenix, Mayor Kate Gallego (D)
(The names of the mayors above are hyperlinked directly to their Twitter profiles for further engagement at your discretion).
Considering their horrible performance, that 9 of the 10 most populous cities in the United States are run by Democrats is enough of a reason not to turn the country over to them to infect it with their failed and destructive policies and ideals.
San Diego’s mayor proves, with tangible results, that Republican leadership provides a safer, smarter, and more economically-sustainable pattern of ideals for our communities and their residents.