By John J. Duncan Jr.

A few months ago, not long after he was sworn in as New York City’s newest Mayor, Eric Adams was asked why so many people were moving out of the city.

Mayor Adams replied: “I don’t blame them for leaving. New York has become too violent, too bureaucratic, too expensive to do business.”

Things just keep getting worse there. The Insider business publication reported on July 31 that “Grand larceny has gone up 41% in New York, along with robbery and burglary going up 34% and 36% respectively.”

The story said that the New York drugstore chain Duane Reade had put a $3.99 can of Spam under lock in anti-theft cases.

It said the city’s Port Authority had locked up $1.89 cans of Starkist Tuna at its bus depot in an area where crime is up 52%.

At the first of this year, it was reported that Walgreens had closed 22 stores in the San Francisco area over the previous five years after the leftist District Attorney there stopped prosecuting shoplifting under $950 in value.

Other San Francisco retail stores started increasing security, closing at night, or even escorting customers in on an appointment-only basis.

Crime became so bad there that voters recently voted to recall (kick out of office) Chesa Boudin, the left-wing, George Soros-supported D. A. Even very liberal San Francisco apparently had had enough.

The New York Post reported: “George Soros has quietly orchestrated the dark money political equivalent of ‘shock and awe’ on local attorney races through the country, shattering records, flipping races, essentially making a mockery of our campaign finance system,” said Tom Anderson, director of the Government Integrity Project at the National Legal and Policy Center in Virginia.

I read several years ago that Soros had become a multi-billionaire by manipulating the currency in 15 small countries, destroying their economies, and then swooping in like a financial buzzard to buy things for pennies on the dollar.

Now I wonder if he is attempting to destroy this country from within so he can do similar things here.

Crime has exploded everywhere he has helped elect a soft-on-crime D. A. In Philadelphia, Soros funded two successful campaigns for Larry Krasner. In 2021 the city recorded 521 homicides, the highest number since 1990.

Soros contributed $1,000,000 to elect Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who immediately started ordering his assistants to let almost everyone out with no bail. Crime has sky-rocketed.

Soros funneled $2.5 million to elect Los Angeles D. A. George Gascón. The New York Post story said Gascón’s “reforms” had “led to a wave of looting and violent crimes.”

Chicago’s Kim Foxx was elected D. A. in 2016 with Soros’ support, and received $2,000,000 from his aides in her successful re-election four years later. Chicago leads the nation in homicides with several thousand more being shot during that city’s violent weekends and holidays.

Soros arranged for $652,000 to go to a group that backed the election of José Garza as D. A. in Travis County, TX (Austin). Last October, one of Soros’ non-profits gave $500,000 to Equity PAC, a group which helped defeat a ballot proposal that would have allowed Austin to hire many new police officers.

Almost every city where crime is out of control and taxes are the highest in the nation has been controlled by Democrat Mayors and City Councils for the last 50 or more years.

Cities and counties are flush with cash, having received $350 billion in Covid-relief money in addition to their tax revenue, yet people are still fleeing. Only desperate illegal immigrants are moving in to these Democrat-run cities.

California received by far the most in Covid money, thanks to Nancy Pelosi and Democrat control of Congress. Yet California is losing population at the rate of almost 1,500 a day.

Now Gavin Newsom, the Democrat Governor of California, is already running for President, apparently hoping to do to the country what he has done to California.

Everyone should ask: If liberal, left-wing, socialist policies are so good, why are so many all over the world trying to get away from them?