Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as soon as once more constructs a Dickensian fantasy world the place each criminal is a saint, and each police motion unfair.
“It’s a lot simpler to border individuals who steal child formulation and drugs as monsters to be jailed than acknowledge our politics and financial priorities create situations the place individuals steal child formulation to outlive,” she tweeted in response to the NYPD arresting 12 shoplifters in The Bronx.
That’s after all not the reality. Single moms stealing diapers and formulation are usually not the drivers of increased shoplifting. Does she actually suppose New York’s progressive DAs and judges would even prosecute such a case? No, they’d steer the girl to any one of many dozens of presidency applications meant to assist poor mother and father — the WIC supplemental vitamin program, SNAP, meals help, and that’s simply the federal applications.
No, many of those circumstances are mass shopliftings, individuals who seize armfuls of widespread items to promote on the road and switch a black-market profit. The arrests she complained about had been for $1,800 price of family items.
These find yourself on blankets on avenue corners, on eBay, offered for a fraction of the value (as a result of the associated fee was zero). Win, win, proper AOC?
Besides then the grocery shops and the pharmacies decide it’s now not price having an outlet there and shut. Empty storefronts feed extra despair, extra unrest. There are fewer jobs. High quality of life decreases. And who suffers? The poor.