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Rahm Emanuel’s Lame Excuse

A particularly unpersuasive complaint from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while discussing his city’s awful and worsening violent crime:

“There’s a lot the federal government can do,” Emanuel said, citing gun control, use of federal resources to track illegal guns and federal prosecutions. “And also, fundamentally, in my view, also help fund additional police officers.

“Over the years the federal government’s stepped back their resources, which we have stepped up. The federal government can be a partner, and to be honest they haven’t been for decades.”

Let me get this straight. Emanuel is asserting he federal government hasn’t been an effective crime-fighting partner to his city “for decades.”

This means Chicago was shortchanged and left hanging by the federal government… during the eight years of President Obama? 

This would include the whole time Rahm Emanuel was White House Chief of Staff, right? What, Obama didn’t care enough about Chicago?

If Emanuel really felt like the federal government was shortchanging his city so badly that it resulted in an out-of-control homicide rate, he could have called up any of his old friends and colleagues in the White House and asked for help. What, did he lose his Rolodex?

And if the federal government has become so stingy that cities can no longer put enough cops on the streets and prosecute gun crimes, why are we seeing the effect so severely in Chicago and so much less in other American large cities?

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