Representative Joe Garcia (D-FL) isn’t helping his party shed its big-government image, which could be a problem in the upcoming midterms if this poll is accurate.
“The safest city in America is El Paso, Texas,” he said. “It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the America’s [sic], which is Juarez. Right?”
“Two of the safest cities in America are on the border with Mexico,” he continued. “Of course, the reason is we’ve proved that communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there is no crime.”
Actually, El Paso isn’t the safest city in the United States. It doesn’t even crack the top 100.
The safest city is Franklin, Massachusetts. Just six percent of its workforce works in public administration, suggesting most residents work in the private sector. As for specific occupations, government jobs don’t even make the list of the top seven.
But their incomes are rather high. The median household income in the city was $91,884 in 2011. For comparison, it was $62,859 in the Bay State that year. Their high incomes and low crime suggest they’re doing just fine with their private sector jobs.
And while El Paso does have a lot of government jobs, construction is actually the top industry. So not everyone in the city has a government job. Besides, its median household income is less than half of Franklin’s, so it’s not clear where all those good government jobs Garcia mentioned are at.
Meanwhile, Garcia may have missed his lessons on the former Soviet Union. How’d that turn out?