The Democrats are no longer hiding their radical stripes.
Every far-left agenda is now on the table.
And Lori Lightfoot’s radical successor wants to implement this communist plan.
Former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was the first mayor in 40 years to lose a reelection bid.
Some Chicagoans were hopeful that her replacement would get the city back on the right track, but it turns out that her successor is even more radical.
Mayor Brandon Johnson has doubled down on the pro-crime policies that have made Chicago one of the most dangerous cities in the country.
And one of Johnson’s “solutions” to high crime is collectivized grocery stores.
Leftists complain about food deserts—areas, usually due to high crime, where there are no grocery stores in close proximity—but their policies are what cause them.
Johnson wants city-owned grocery stores in these parts of town where grocery stores have been forced to leave.
The mayor said, “All Chicagoans deserve to live near convenient, affordable, healthy grocery options. We know access to grocery stores is already a challenge for many residents, especially on the South and West sides. A better, stronger, safer future is one where our youth and our communities have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive. My administration is committed to advancing innovative, whole-of-government approaches to address these inequities.”
But until the underlying areas are addressed, the city-owned grocery stores are going to have the same problems.
In fact, the problems will only get worse because government projects don’t go out of business when they fail; they get more funding.
Johnson announced a partnership with the Economic Security Project to look into the idea of collectivized stores.
Economic Security Project senior advisor Ameya Pawar argued, “The city of Chicago is reimagining the role government can play in our lives by exploring a public option for grocery stores via a municipally owned grocery store and market…Not dissimilar from the way a library or the postal service operates, a public option offers economic choice and power to communities.”
By “reimagining,” Pawar means rehashing old and bad communist ideas.
Stores are leaving high-crime areas because the cost of doing business is too high, and there are safety concerns for employees.
Instead of burning taxpayer dollars on city-owned grocery stores, Johnson could focus on getting crime under control by keeping repeat criminals in jail instead of excusing their bad behavior.
But Johnson has doubled down on the same pro-crime rhetoric.
For instance, Johnson chastised people who called mass looters a “mob.”
Johnson said, “That’s not appropriate. We’re not talking about mob actions…We have to be careful when we use language to describe certain behavior. There’s a history in this city, and, I mean, to refer to children as like baby Al Capones is not appropriate.”
Meanwhile, businesses have been left to fend for themselves.
They have beefed up security by purchasing unbreakable glass.
Chicago’s problems are only going to get worse because city leadership refuses to address the root causes.