As western civilization fades away across the United States, the consequences of what happens when white people lose power – democracy is a racial headcount, remember? – becomes apparent.
One municipality after another regresses to the African mean. [Chicago water bill payments down $20 million this year as Mayor Lori Lightfoot stops shut-offs for nonpayment, Chicago Tribune, November 23, 2019]:
Chicago water bill payments are down $20 million this year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration said months after the mayor announced the city would stop shutting off households’ water because of unpaid bills.
The administration provided the data after far South Side Ald. Anthony Beale hammered the mayor’s budget team this week for what he said was a misguided policy at a time the city desperately needs new sources of revenue.
While Beale charged during a Tuesday hearing on the mayor’s 2020 budget plan that water payments were down $165 million in 2019, Finance Department spokeswoman Kristen Cabanban said the shortfall is actually $20 million.
And the city has billed about $18 million less this year in water and sewer fees than in 2018, according to month-by-month amounts provided by the administration. Cabanban said that’s due to lower water usage in the city and in suburbs that purchase water from Chicago, possibly tied to conservation efforts.
Before she was even sworn in this May, Lightfoot said she would direct the city’s water department not to shut off water for people who aren’t paying their bills. “Water is a basic, basic human right,” Lightfoot said then.
“If you’re turning off water, you are effectively evicting people and we know that disproportionately affects low-income people of color who are going to be shut off from water services,” she said. “We have to be much more thoughtful and much more empathetic to people who are struggling.”
The right comes with a hit to the city’s bottom line, but it’s worth it, Cabanban said in a statement this week. “Any short-term decline in revenue from ending water shut-offs due to inability to pay is a small price to pay for ensuring water access to our most vulnerable residents,” Cabanban said.
And she said much of the collections decrease is actually “consistent with year-over-year trends driven in large part by a decline in usage, particularly in the suburbs, and customer-driven conservation efforts.”
Ending water shut-offs was part of a broader move toward ending what Lightfoot deemed needlessly punitive fines and fees for things like parking and vehicle sticker tickets. Lightfoot also got rid of overdue fines for books at Chicago libraries.
Oh, Ms. Lightfoot, p otable water is not a human right. You can s till traverse across Europe and see the aqueducts the Romans built more than two millennia ago, standing to this day as a proud reminder of what a people can accomplish for future generations of their progeny.
Less than 40 years after a city like Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, Birmingham and Camden went from majority white to majority black (or non-white), the level of civilization found in these cities has receded to the African mean. And we quickly learn the infrastructure whites long ago built cannot be maintained.
Because paying your water bill is apparently just something white people do…
The true privilege of being white in America is paying your bills on time and your taxes, too, so non-whites won’t have to.
Seriously, what incentive is there to pay your water bill in Chicago? Any white person – or any individual/business – still paying their water bill is an absolute fool.