The Morning Rant


The Law Of Unintended Consequences is a complicated idea for most of our elites and most of our politicians, but this consequence is so obvious that one suspects that it was absolutely intended.

The D.C. cops do nothing when stores are looting, emboldening thieves who recently stripped a CVS pharmacy practically bare. And lo and behold! It looks like those goods are being sold right across the street…probably by the same people who stole them.

DC decriminalized illegal street vending, this is the result!
[Hat Tip: dhmosquito]

It turns out that Washington DC City just decriminalized illegal street vending! It is called the Street Vendor Advancement Amendment Act of 2023, which went into effect on July 1st, 2023. The act decriminalized illegal street vending. It granted an amnesty for unpaid fines and unpaid sales tax. It banned background checks for people seeking permits and licenses. The act also created the “Columbia Heights-Mount Pleasant Sidewalk Vending Zone.”

Read into it a bit and you will discover that there is also graft involved. Yes…I know…that is shocking in our nation’s capital.

Decriminalizing theft, then decriminalizing once-illegal street vending seems too convenient to be unintended. Driving out the retail businesses in these neighborhoods is the The Cloward-Piven strategy, nothing more.

But the good people of the District of Columbia voted for these policies by electing and reelecting a never-ending series of hard-left politicians whose interests are diametrically opposed to the goals of most people.


On to New York City, whose subway system is a wasteland governed by gangs, random violence, and catastrophic under-policing caused by the decriminalization of pretty much everything short of being white and protecting other riders. So the wicked witch of Albany has decided to revoke the 4th Amendment and send the National Guard and the State Police into the subways to harass law-abiding citizens. Yeah…searches of middle-aged housewives’ handbags is going to stop crime in its tracks!

Governor Hochul is a fascist, whose idea of a good time is siccing her pet legislature on her enemies; like gun owners and small businesses. But she sure does love criminals…NY has been a leader in eliminating bail, ending jail for parole violations, etc. The huge increase in crime is not a surprise, nor is the evisceration of our civil rights under the guise of crime prevention.

It’s called authoritarianism, and it is alive and well in NY.