At The Federalist, Buck Sexton explains how a mixture of COVID-19 and Democrats have put New York into what he calls “a death spiral for America’s largest city,” when even 9/11 couldn’t do so. He writes (abridged):
After 9/11, there was an intense pride in New York. The bad guys had hit us hard, and we knew the fight ahead would be tough, but we also knew New York would rally. We didn’t need signs to tell us “we are all in this together” — we knew it was true.
Not a single family I remember in New York even considered leaving, mine included. This was our home, and you fight for your home. It’s a totally different feeling today in this city.
Almost every day now, I talk to other lifelong New Yorkers who say they just can’t do this anymore. They remember what life was like back in the early 1990s, with more than 2,200 murders in a year at the peak, and they don’t want to stick around for that.
Sadly, I can’t think of a compelling reason for many of them to stay. I have family members and friends considering moving to Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and South Carolina, and I try to be helpful in their decision-making process.
Here’s why: COVID-19 and Democrats’ policies have finally combined to create a death spiral for America’s largest city, one from which it may never fully recover.
Now that’s changing too. A big part of why so many people have been coming to New York City for so long is its career opportunities. This is where the big jobs were. But why fight traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel every day to get to your 40th-floor office cubicle when you could get just as much done at home, using your own French press and wearing your pajamas?
Already, shootings are spiking, and murders are way up compared to last year.
Left-wing politics has ruined this city.
By Buck Sexton