Yes, the story is disturbing but I don't see "permissiveness" being a threat. I think that our willingness to turn a blind eye on the 12% of society who are locked into "a culture of poverty" is more of a threat. Children having babies, 29 year old grandmothers, schools being forced to act "in loco parentis", lack of accountability from an underfunded social services system has led to the dysfunction that will rob Brody of his youth and sentence him to repeating the mistakes of his 'parents'. The system can't be fixed overnight....it's a 20 year process that demands vision, clear values & commitment from officials who operate in 2 or 4 year election cycles. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict the outcome for Brody.
"As a result, Deschene said the city collected about $39.5 million in property taxes when it should have collected $40.3". Seems to me that would be a difference of $800,000 not $1.3 million. Think they'll give me a "finder's fee" for finding that $500,000?