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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE

A DYING CITY:   Chicago fades away, and all the mayor does is curse Clarence Thomas.  From Fox:  A business owner in Chicago, Illinois tells Fox News Digital that skyrocketing crime in the city forced him to quit doing business in town, adding to the list of individuals and businesses that have fled Illinois over the past couple of years, amid surging crime.  Gary Rabine, founder of the Rabine Group and owner of 13 businesses, told Fox News Digital this week that surging crime in Chicago was a driving factor in his decision to pull his road paving company out of the city after his crews were repeatedly robbed, sometimes in broad daylight, even after adding security to the jobs.  "We would do thousands of jobs a year in the city, but as we got robbed more, my people operating rollers and pavers we got robbed, our equipment would get stolen in broad daylight and there would usually be a gun involved, and it got expensive and it got dangerous," Rabine told Fox News Digital.  Rabine said that the additional cost of security and insurance for the "thousands" of jobs in the city each year eventually caused jobs to cost "twice as much as they should be." Rabine explained that the higher costs ultimately hurt the ratepayers, many of them with modest financial means, who ended up paying more for utility services.  And it's not getting any better.  The mayor, who cursed out Justice Thomas after last week's abortion decision, has all the qualifications one needs to be mayor of a Democratic city – she's female, black, and lesbian.  It's sad, but Chicago shows the cost of identity politics.  More people in the city are being murdered as this is written. 

June 25, 2022