The Wall Street Journal Reports-
A larger-than-expected exodus over the past 10 years reduced the population of Chicago to a level not seen in nearly a century. The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that during the decade ended in 2010, Chicago’s population fell 6.9% to 2,695,598 people, fewer than the 2.7 million reported back in 1920.
Even blacks have had enough.
The exodus took a big chunk out of the city’s black population in particular, shrinking it to 887,608 from 1,065,009, according to William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington.
Outside Chicago are the Conservative counties, and that is where people are going. Kane County grew by 27.5%, Will County by nearly 35% and Lake County by 9.2%.
Chicago was one of the jewels in the Progressive crown. But the horrible public schools, high taxes, and crime have driven families out of Chicago. The city’s job base cannot compete with anti-union places like Houston and Phoenix. Chicago is one ofthe only towns in America with an employee head tax on employment. Companies with over 50 employees must pay $4 a month per employee to the city.
The largest employer in the city of Chicago is the Federal government. Followed by the City of Chicago Public School system. Other major employers are the city of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Cook County government, and the Chicago Park District. These thousands of government workers provide the backbone of the coalition for higher taxes, generous pensions and “political stability”.
Chicago’s political system is inefficient and costly. There are no term limits in Chicago. The Democratic Party has controlled the Mayor’s office since 1931(a big city record). There’s no opposition: Democrat’s control 49 out of 50 seats on the city council. Corruption is everywhere. Barely a month can go by without a major scandal. The FBI has the largest public corruption squad in the United States located in Chicago . Chicago voters, indoctrinated in a completely politically controlled school system, don’t seem to care. Those who care about high taxes, good public schools, and low crime are a small minority in Chicago.
The left destroyed Chicago. They’re well on their way to destroying New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Once they get a foothold, they’re almost impossible to dislodge, and by gradually taking control of public institutions, education systems and the media, they foster creeping totalitarianism as surely as if Nth Korea’s Kim Jong Il was in charge. For Chicago there is no escape from its death spiral. We can only hope other cities in the west similarly afflicted by this destructive political and mental sickness wake up before, as in Chicago, it becomes too late.