By Duncan Smith

There is a reason why Democrat-run cities are dirtier, broke, and far more dangerous than they should be.

It’s because their policies — economic, social, public — suck.

There’s just no other way to put it.

Take their latest brainiac ‘social justice’ idea: Defunding police.

Sane people look at such policies with disbelief and shake their heads at the stupidity.

But Democrat politicians are not sane people, and neither are their voters … in cities like Portland, Ore.

The lunatics running that asylum tried defunding police and disbanding police units and neutering police by refusing to actually prosecute people who loot, rob, and destroy.

The result: More looting, more violence, more riots.

Now, however, the asylum managers appear to be running up against reality, as The Blaze reports:

Facing a continued scourge of violence since cutting its police budget by $15 million last summer, Portland, Oregon, has decided to reintroduce a gun violence task force within the city’s police department.

The new team, called the Enhanced Community Safety Team, was introduced last month in response to skyrocketing violence in the city, KATU-TV reported, and comes only months since the city disbanded the Gun Violence Reduction Team as a part of police budget cuts.

Following the dissolution of the previous gun violence team, shootings in the city skyrocketed.

According to the Associated Press, “More people died of gunfire last year in Portland — 40 — than the entire tally of homicides the previous year. The number of shootings — 900 — was nearly 2 1/2 times higher than the year before.”

“The spike has continued this year, with more than 150 shootings, including 45 people wounded and 12 killed so far,” the AP added.

Many members of the community have squarely blamed the budget cuts, and specifically the dissolution of the GVRT, for the violence. Among them is Elmer Yarborough, a crisis response volunteer for Portland police who lost his nephew last year to gun violence only a month after the unit was disbanded.

“Without a doubt, I think it is a possibility that my nephew could still be alive if the GVRT was not dissolved,” Yarborough told the AP. “I cannot say for sure if he would, but what I will tell you is had it not been my nephew that was saved, it probably could have saved the life of someone else.”

Some analysts have speculated that far-left Democrat policy stupidity like defunding cops is going to have a rebound effect leading to dramatic reversals and a shunning of their party.

Let’s hope so. It can’t happen soon enough. Stupidity this monumental ruins lives and gets people killed.

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