America’s Violent Crime Rate Increasing
Thank you George W. Bush. Now we’re reaping still another benefit from our Iraqi quagmire and our crippling budget deficit. Last year, murders in the U.S. increased by almost five percent. Overall violent crime increased by 2.5%.
And yes, it IS Bush’s fault. Our infrastructure has crumbled and deteriorated more than ever because of our draining treasury. Conservatives don’t care about the infrastructure when it just means “social services.” For the Far Right, “social services” means everything from mass transit to job training programs.
But now the crumbling infrastructure is jeopardizing police protection and crime prevention. Let’s see how the ultra-conservatives will rationalize this. Undoubtedly they’ll find a way to keep supporting Bush’s quest for world domination at the expense of everything else.
America has been distracted by our overseas adventures. A criminologist from Northeastern University said “A lot of the resources devoted have been shifted over from hometown security to homeland security.”
The Mayor of Boston said “What happened is a lot of those community groups that we used to have don’t exist today because the funding is not there. We need to go back to the hard work of crime control, cops and crime prevention, youth programs. They work, but it takes time and money.”
A law enforcement analyst said “Either we pay for programs now or pay for victims later.”
OK, wingnuts, what’ll it be?