☕ Morning fam,
The world is changing, the ground is shaking, you wouldn’t know it looking at St. Louis. St. Louis is trapped in a hell of its own creation, the result of decades of widespread racism, cronyism and corruption by establishment Democrats and widespread elitism, cronyism and corruption by the black misleadership. Its hard to believe that at one time St. Louis was the 4th largest city in terms of population. It was, google it. Today it’s a fraction of its former self after losing 60% of its population.
Losing 60% of its population would be wake up call for most major cities. Not St. Louis, this region responds to criticism by doubling and tripling down on doing the wrong things. Talk about race, everything becomes race. Talk about a poorly run school system, you end up with an unaccredited school system. Talk about high crime and record homicides you end up with even more crime and homicides. And so on… textbook on how you lose more than half of your population in 2-3 generations.
Don’t believe the hype about the region being on the rebound. St. Louis may have a new mayor but it continues to be on a fast-paced downward spiral. During her campaign Mayor Jones said she was ready to hit the ground running, day 1. Over 100 days later she has yet to roll out a plan for anything in great detail, not surprised, politicians will do/say/promise anything when they’re running, its when they get in you chance to see just what they’re made of.
Much of the hoopla about Tishaura Jones being St. Louis’ first black woman mayor has faded. She didn’t hit the ground running the way many who voted for her expected her to, squandering what little political capital she had on defund rather than fighting crime… on closing the workhouse rather than keeping families in their homes (during a pandemic) and on abortion instead of keeping children safe in the Child Murder Capitol.
She lost credibility on defund and police not being the solution by increasing her personal police protection from 2 to 4 officers, not to mention REfunding police in response to increased violent crime/homicides and adding an extra million for good measure.
She lost credibility on closing the Workhouse when she overcrowded the Justice Center putting inmates in worse conditions and sending others out of state making it more difficult for them to see their attorneys or families.
She lost credibility on the homeless issue when she first substituted the word ‘unhoused’ for homeless and tried to sell it as progress. No one was surprised when she displaced homeless downtown like her predecessor Lyda Krewson. And also like Lyda, didn’t have a plan a or b.
She lost credibility on disbursement of COVID funds when she went it alone and against 27 out of 28 members of the Board of Aldermen including the President, then sitting on those funds instead of distributing them as soon a possible. Time was not of the essence.
That’s a lot of Ls in what, less than 6 months in office? The irony is that all of this missteps came as a result of her trying to please activists and nonprofits, the same activists and nonprofits protesting her now as she tries to crawl out of the political hole she dug for herself following their agenda in the first place. Somebody pass the popcorn.