Thursday, January 31, 2019

Quick: When You Think Of Washington, DC, What Do You Think Of That District's Biggest Problem? Crime? Rats? Opioid Deaths? Nope -- Think Outside The Box


Later, 1:44 p.m. Central Time: see first comment. A reader suggests a 12-step program to help those addicted to the plastic straw.

Original Post

Crime rate in Washington, DC, from wiki: Looking at violent crime specifically, Washington, DC has a violent crime rate that is  148% higher than the national average. For property crime, Washington, DC is 76% higher than the national average.

Rats in Washington, DC:
Opioid epidemic? Highest rate of overdose deaths in the USA is in Washington, DC. Some right-wing rhetoric? Nope, NPR.  

So, what is Washington, DC, worried about these days? Straws. I cannot make this stuff up. From, of all places, Anchorage Daily News:

From the linked article: 
Washington has become the latest city in a nationwide movement to ban plastic straws, and it's up to Rybarczyk, an inspector for the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment, to enforce the new law.
The straw cop left the rattled cashier at Lotus Express with a warning that if the store was still using plastic straws by July, when a grace period expires, it could be fined up to $800.
Looks like a good job for a millennial.

So, dad, what did you do during the war on global warming (WOGW)?

I was a plastic straw inspector. Wage: minimum. $15/hour.

The millennials are the first generation to not understand that cities have finite resources (the federal government does not; it can print money). Every dollar spent on policing plastic straws is one dollar less than spent on fighting violent crime; property crime; police and fire response time; #MeToo phone calls; poop patrol; pest control (we're talking about rodents, now legislators, but I repeat myself). All things being equal.

The bigger question, of course, is: why would The Anchorage Daily News be interested in this story? Let's check:

1 comment:

  1. maybe Washington DC will be the center of a new 12 step group to help all those addicted to plastic straws to seek help, abstinence from use and a daily recovery from the Demon straw. don