Another name has to be added to the Progressive Hall of Shame, Representative Joe Garcia from Florida. The Democrat Representative said Tuesday May 20th, that “The safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the America’s, which is Juarez. Right? ” Representative Garcia continued, “Two of the safest cities in America are on the border with Mexico. Of course, the reason is we’ve proved that communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there is no crime.” Where to start on this one… It would be prudent to start with a basic understanding of the facts.
First up is his claim about El Paso City being the safest city in the United States. El Paso is not the safest city in the United States, it does not even rank within the top 10. According to that little known agency the FBI El Paso is actually the 14th safest city in the United States.
But what about this claim about giving everyone a nice government job leading to no crime? For this statement to have any validity it would stand to reason that the majority of the population of El Paso would have to work for the Government. A quick internet search will lead you to the United States Department of Commerce’s web page, where information from the US census is available. According to the Department of Commerce El Paso has a 294,848 people in the labor force, or roughly 60.9% of the population. Of that 284,270 people work in the civilian labor force, which works out to roughly 58.7% of the population. 261,893 people are currently employed in El Paso. 73.3% of the people currently employed in El Paso work as PRIVATE wage/salary workers. Only 20% of the working population of El Paso works for the government. So from what I am seeing, not everyone in El Paso has been given a nice government job. Actually it would appear as though the majority of people have found working in the PRIVATE SECTOR to be very appealing to them.
So El Paso is not the safest city in the United States, and it is not some Communist utopia where everyone works for the benevolent government. In fact it would appear as though El Paso is a shinning example of what happens when the market is allowed to operate in a natural fashion, something progressive weasels such as Representative Garcia cannot stand. For his complete ignorance to logic, facts, and truth Representative Joe Garica has earned a spot in the Progressive Hall of Shame.