Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Why Crime Should be on the Agenda For Politicians This November

The national murder rate increased nearly 5 percent in 2005 - the biggest jump in 15 years, according to FBI statistics. Violent Crime in general was up 2.5%, the largest increase since 1991.

New York City has seen a 6% increase in its murder rate this year and Philadelphia saw a 9% increase this year and 15% increase last year. As of late August, Indianapolis has had a 39% increase from last year, Orlando, FL has already broken its homicide record set back in 1982. Boston Homicides are at a 10 year high. The Mid-West, where the majority of US manufacturing jobs used to be, is seeing the biggest increases. Let me remind you that Bush keeps saying that outsourcing is good for America.

The causes could range from a variety of sources. Of course conservatives will point to violent movies, music and then plain old personal responsibility and liberals will say guns and poverty. I have to say that when Elvis sang about hound-dogs no one started acting like dogs and when Falco sang about Amadeus people didn't start listening to or acting like Mozart, so that seems pretty unlikely. Violent movies such as On the Water Front have been around since the 50's so that can't be it. So let's look at the Liberals side: the national unemployment rate was at a five-month high in July at 4.8 percent, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Cost of living is up and minimum wages remain the same since 1996. In addition, gas prices are up and there is the constant threat of inflation. The Brady Bill has also expired and the NRA has made it harder to keep databases with gun owners. If people are working 40-50 hours a week, have plenty of cash in their wallets and don't have access to military weapons what reasons do they have and how much spare time would they have to go around shooting everyone?

Maybe it's just a lack of Social Programs aimed at helping at risk people and the lack of police presence and law enforcement. The Bush administration proposed to give $102 million for law enforcement for fiscal year 2007 (which begins in October), an 87 percent ($1.1 Billion) decrease from this fiscal year, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. This goes along with the Bush strategy of cutting taxes then adding a multi-billion dollar war to the budget. Good thinking, just as crime rates are rising, the threat of terrorism is up, cutting law enforcement budgets seems to be a good idea. It's typical Bush logic. Let me remind you that the London terror ring was exposed by local law enforcement. Also on the cutting board is an 11.5% decrease in funding for HUD and 39 billion dollars in cuts to Medicaid, child support programs, student loads and foster care. The Head Start program will now serve 19,000 fewer children than in 2006. All of this so Bush can push more tax cuts and start more wars. The main people who benefit from these cuts are the tax paying families who earn over $288,800 per year. The people who make over 200k per year aren't typically the ones shooting each other which just proves my point; with jobs, money, education and child support people are less likely to commit crimes such as murder. Under Bush, poor and middle class people have less and therefore resort to crime.

Way to go dick!

"Second, if I am President I will strengthen the capacity of intelligence and law enforcement at home and forge stronger international coalitions to provide better information and the best chance to target and capture terrorists even before they act. "

John Kerry, 2/27/04


BRUISER said...

I thought we could just count on Jesus to repair the damage done by this administration...at least thats what George told us.

R2K said...

: )

Grant said...

Of course, John Kerry promised everything under the sun so I didn't really trust him. Tell me - are we sure he's the best the Democrats had to offer?

Dick Cheney should start an initiative on gun control, focusing on arresting people who accidentally shoot their hunting partner.

Toad734 said...

Sure but at least he said it. Bush's approach was: blow up any Muslim countrty, eliminate any type of police structure there that would have opposed terrorism, piss a bunch of Arabs off, Turn secular states into Islamic fundamentalist states and that should solve the issue of terrorism.

NewsBlog 5000 said...

“are we sure he's the best the Democrats had to offer”

Well, he thought so, and the 5% of the total population who bothered to vote for him in the primary. But other high level democrats probably did not, specifically the ones running against him. And probably not the people in the primaries who voted against him.

I voted in the Libertarian primary. And by that, I mean that I stood on the street corner and complained that my taxes paid for a street corner for me to stand on and complain.

Two Minutes J said...

Way to go Indianapolis! We're up 39%! Yes! We're beating everyone!

BRUISER said...

I guess this Florida REPUBLICAN PEDOPHILE'S chat couldn't fit on a BUMPER STICKER_____

The following transcript is alleged to be a chat between US Rep. Mark Foley and an unnamed congressional page, aged 16. Foley's screenname for the chat is Maf54; the screenname of the page is redacted.
NOTE: The exchange includes graphic sexual discussion.
Maf54 (7:25:14 PM): hey Auto response from
[redacted screenname] (7:25:14 PM): scrounging for food...brb
Maf54 (7:25:25 PM): ok
Maf54 (7:25:35 PM): kep scrounging
[redacted screenname] (7:31:51 PM): boo
Maf54 (7:32:13 PM): bo dude
[redacted screenname] (7:32:17 PM): lol
[redacted screenname] (7:32:26 PM): whered ya go this afternoon
Maf54 (7:33:39 PM): i am in pensecola...had to catch a plane
[redacted screenname] (7:33:47 PM): oh well thats fun
Maf54 (7:34:04 PM): indeed
[redacted screenname] (7:34:14 PM): what are you doing in pensecola
Maf54 (7:34:21 PM): now in my hotel room
[redacted screenname] (7:34:39 PM): well ..like why did you go there
Maf54 (7:35:02 PM): for the campaign
[redacted screenname] (7:35:29 PM): have you officialy announced yt
Maf54 (7:35:45 PM): not yet
[redacted screenname] (7:36:06 PM): cool cool...
Maf54 (7:37:27 PM): how my favorite young stud doing
[redacted screenname] (7:37:46 PM): tired and sore
[redacted screenname] (7:37:52 PM): i didnt no waltzing could make you sore
Maf54 (7:38:04 PM): from what
[redacted screenname] (7:38:34 PM): what do you mean from what
[redacted screenname] (7:38:42 PM): from waltzing...im sore from waltzing
Maf54 (7:39:32 PM): tahts good
Maf54 (7:39:32 PM): you need a massage
Maf54 signed off at 7:39:37 PM.
Maf54 signed on at 7:40:35 PM.
[redacted screenname] (7:40:44 PM): got kicked off?
Maf54 (7:41:24 PM): must have
[redacted screenname] (7:41:57 PM): ugh tomorrow i have the first day of lacrosse practice
Maf54 (7:42:27 PM): love to watch that
Maf54 (7:42:33 PM): those great legs running
[redacted screenname] (7:42:38 PM): haha...they arent great
[redacted screenname] (7:42:45 PM): thats why we have conditioning
[redacted screenname] (7:42:56 PM): 2 days running....3 days lifting
[redacted screenname] (7:43:11 PM): every week
[redacted screenname] (7:43:14 PM): until the end of march
Maf54 (7:43:27 PM): well dont ruin my mental picture
[redacted screenname] (7:43:32 PM): oh lol...sorry
Maf54 (7:43:54 PM): nice
Maf54 (7:43:54 PM): youll be way hot then
[redacted screenname] (7:44:01 PM): haha...hopefully
Maf54 (7:44:22 PM): better be
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