The Fruits of Defunding Police? What New Crime Data Shows

September 30 2021
Good morning from Washington, where politicians on the left still want to “reimagine” policing. The nation’s latest crime figures show why defunding police is folly, Jarrett Stepman writes. A House panel gets its turn to ask military leaders about the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Fred Lucas reports. On the podcast, Virginia Allen asks an official of an Australian think tank about the strict COVID-19 lockdown there. Plus: Cal Thomas sounds the alarm on America’s future, and “Problematic Women” challenges the left’s word games. On this date in 1822, Joseph Marion Hernández becomes the first Hispanic to be elected to Congress, albeit as a nonvoting delegate from the Territory of Florida.

COMMENTARY
The Fruits of Defunding Police? What New Crime Data Shows
By Jarrett Stepman
The murder rate rose by nearly 30% in 2020, more than any other time in the past half-century.
ANALYSIS
Australia’s Aim Is Zero COVID-19 Cases, but That Means ‘Zero Freedom,’ Local Says
By Virginia Allen
In Melbourne, Australia, there’s a 9 p.m. curfew. People may leave their homes only for a few reasons, such as buying essential items and exercising (for no more than two hours).
NEWS
6 Takeaways as Milley, Austin Testify in House on Biden’s Afghanistan Exit
By Fred Lucas
A lawmaker asks Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin why the United States didn’t rescue American citizens or Afghans who assisted the U.S. during the war.
COMMENTARY
Destroying America, Overtly or Covertly
By Cal Thomas
It’s almost laughable to hear some in the liberal media claim we have a “moral obligation” to help immigrants when we are ignoring the plight of women in Afghanistan.
ANALYSIS
Troubling Twitter Censorship and Far Left’s Attempt to Erase ‘Women’
By Virginia Allen
On “Problematic Women,” we discuss why Twitter blocked a Daily Signal video and two examples of the left’s attempts to erase the word “women” for the sake of gender inclusivity.
COMMENTARY
Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Bill Is a 'Socialist Wish List'
By Timothy Doescher
Calling it “the most threatening legislation in our lifetimes,” Heritage Foundation’s Tommy Binon says the spending bill includes “cradle-to-grave welfare, everything they want on climate change.”
NEWS
ICYMI: Sen. Cynthia Lummis Grills Treasury Secretary Yellen About Privacy Fears Over ‘Unconscionable’ IRS Bank Proposal
By Daily Signal Staff
“My constituents cannot believe that you support a proposal to require banks and credit unions to report customer data to the [IRS] for transactions of $600 or more.” the Wyoming Republican tells Yellen,…