Brandon Johnson Would Be Disaster for Chicago

Brandon Johnson Would Be Disaster for Chicago

Brandon Johnson Would Be Disaster for Chicago

In four weeks Chicagoans will go to the polls to select their new mayor in a run-off election. If they elect Paul Vallas, there’s a chance that the city may start the long healing process. But if Brandon Johnson gets the nod — say goodbye to a once-great city.

Former Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass quipped that there are four critical issues facing Chicago: crime, crime, crime, and crime. However, I would also add into the mix the debacle called the Chicago Public Schools. Because one important vehicle in stemming the rot in the city is education.

But Brandon Johnson would be an utter disaster if he were in charge of both.


Brandon Johnson Excused Looting

A Twitter account which follows a Chicago Police scanner found a 2020 video of Brandon Johnson excusing crime. At the time Johnson was a Cook County Commissioner who said that looting was okay because businesses have insurance. Besides, those penniless looters have gotta eat, you know!

Even the hosts interviewing him couldn’t believe what they were hearing.

Reminder Brandon Johnson thought Looting was ok because the Businesses have insurance. Hear it for yourself in the video below. So in other words in a Chicago with Brandon Johnson in charge looting would be okay and more Businesses would simply just leave causing economy problems .

A Chicago woman who works in high-end retail tweeted that the looting has been so bad that associates have had to hide in stock rooms:

I work in luxe retail- the looting was horrible. Do you know we still have incidents where we have to hide in stock rooms? They didn’t take milk & eggs- it was the best luxury imaginable. It must stop. Michigan Ave is a ghost town with retailers fleeing.

She also brought receipts — pictures of the shambles that looters left behind.

Brandon Johnson Chicago looting

Screenshot: @ChicagoBeckyP/Twitter.

And as for the woman’s assertion that retail stores are leaving the city — she’s right. Crain’s Chicago Business reported that the famous Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue had a 30% vacancy rate at the end of 2022. Yes, many retailers are closing brick-and-mortar stores as online shopping flourishes, but a letter writer to the Chicago Sun-Times provided another big reason: theft. He wrote:

If you have rampant retail theft, expect stores to close, and the stores that remain to significantly increase their prices in order to make up for these retail thefts.

But if anyone is expecting Brandon Johnson to beef up the police force to combat looting, they shouldn’t hold their breath. Shortly before last month’s mayoral election, Johnson told reporters that he wants to cut the police budget by at least $150 million. But he’d like to spend billions more on social services.

So how’d that work out in Minneapolis, hmm?

If Brandon Johnson becomes mayor, don’t expect the crime rates to go down. Expect to see more incidents like Monday’s crime spree in downtown Chicago when seven people were robbed. And do expect the bleeding of retail businesses from the city to continue.


Johnson is the BFF of the Chicago Teachers Union

Brandon Johnson, an “educator,” is an employee of the Chicago Teachers Union, working as an organizer, er, “legislative coordinator.”  So the CTU, along with the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, rewarded him handsomely — with nearly $2.5 million into his war chest between January 1, 2022 and the February 28, 2023 election. Other union groups chipped in an additional $1.3 million. Individuals and non-union entities only accounted for about $200,000.

And if Johnson wins, CTU will be negotiating its next contract with one of their own. If that happens, Chicagoans can expect expect massive contract demands from the CTU, which Johnson will hand to them.

As for improvements in school performance? That won’t happen. Under the current clout of the CTU, only 21% of Chicago Public School students achieved English/language arts goals in 2020-21 according to testing. Even worse, only 16.6% met proficiency goals in math. At the high school level in 2022, only 21% reached proficiencies in both reading and math.

The CPS is throwing $29,000 per student each year — into the crapper. Moreover, this amount is two to three times the expenditure per student in private, public, charter and parochial schools in neighboring states — and they’re getting better outcomes. As Benjamin Blair, a former social sciences professor (and African-American, to boot) wrote at Chicago Contrarian:

There is no “my truth” in math and reading proficiency. Chicago schools can only hide beyond the facade of gender ideology, equity and anti-racism programs for so long. The real threat is the systematic elimination of academic standards despite a ginormous budget per student which clearly is not having any impact on student proficiency. “DEI,” “equity” and “privilege” rhetoric is simply air cover for a failed educational system in Chicago.

If anyone thinks Brandon Johnson will fix the broken educational system in Chicago, they’re dreaming, because Johnson and the CTU are in bed with each other. Illinois Policy warns of “the precedent created when a union and City Hall meld into one. There would be no one left to represent the people.”


Brandon Johnson vs. the White Guy

In the final results of the mayoral election between nine candidates, Paul Vallas prevailed with a commanding lead of 33%. Brandon Johnson came in far behind, with 21.6%. But lest anyone think that the runoff on April 4 will be a slam dunk for Vallas, well, consider the issue of race.

Lori Lightfoot, who is black and commanded many of the black precincts, came in third with 16.8%. And with the exception of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the remaining candidates were also black. So it’s conceivable that if the black residents of Chicago vote on race, taking Lightfoot’s votes along with those of the other candidates, Brandon Johnson just might squeak out a victory over Paul Vallas, the white guy who’s pushing a return to law-and-order.

And don’t forget money from the CTU, along with their influence over Chicago aldermen, either.

I’m just spitballing here, of course. But if Brandon Johnson becomes mayor of Chicago, expect the city to make an even more rapid descent into catastrophe.


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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Liz says:

    Can’t imagine what it is like to live in Chicago right now.
    I’d lose my sanity.

    • JAW3 says:

      The Loop is dying but the neighborhoods are ok on the north and northwest side. A real systemic problem is taxation with diminishing services as the flows north into retirement homes in Wisconsin.

      • Liz says:

        Thanks for the response.
        I’ve never been to Chicago, figured it couldn’t ALL be as terrible as what I read about.
        (my spouse used to fly there pretty often)

      • Frank Hammond says:

        North & NW Side are also being flooded with crime – lot of Crime around DePaul and Logan Square – also lot of robberies and car break ins around Loyola. No neighborhood is safe in Chicago.

        But…Brandon Johnson wins easily – it won’t even be close.

  • Taylor says:

    I always wonder when I hear stories from folks like that woman who works in retail compalining about looters and crime, who did they vote for?

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      Sounds logical, right? Problem is that while Chicago mayoral elections are technically nonpartisan, Republicans just don’t run. For example, in the most recent election, there were eight registered Democrat candidates and one Independent. Chicago has not had a Republican mayor in nearly 100 years.

      There was a time when Chicago, though thoroughly Democrat and deeply corrupt, did work as a city. You could spend a day there and enjoy a fine dinner without maintaining your head on a swivel, worrying about looters and carjackers. Sadly, no more.

      Thanks for your comments — I always enjoy them.

      • Liz says:

        Seems like it would be impossible to run a business under these conditions?
        I’m assuming, much like Orange county, there is a portion of Chicago that is protected from the bad decisions of its government (the affluent portion)?

  • John M Casteel says:

    I used to love visiting Chicago (NYC too). No more. Haven’t been in a long time to either and have no plans on anytime in the future. It’s a dice roll when it comes to personal safety.

  • GWB says:

    Honestly, Kim, any of the folks running in that election will cause Chicago to falter and sink further.
    The problem isn’t the politicians, nor even the machine which elevates and runs them.
    The problem is the people of Chicago keep voting for them and allowing the machine to keep pushing them through. A nice little Peasants Revolt would turn things around. But that won’t ever happen because these people are not Americans in the sense of desiring freedom above comfort and wanting to rule their own lives.

  • Lloyd says:

    Watch this election closely. Will black voters vote in another version of LL, or will they decide to elect someone who can provide better leadership for Chicago. I know if I lived in Chicago….I’d move to a better place!

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