Republicans: SOFT on CRIME!!!
The GOP has gotten a little carried away with their proposed budget cuts. It’s no surprise they want to delete funding for Public Broadcasting, aid to pregnant women with children (they’ve already been born, who cares about them now?), those godless Family Planning programs and that commie Environmental Protection Agency.
But taking 4,500 police officers off the streets?!?!?
Ever since the 1960s, “crime in our streets” and “law and order!” have been shouted and spewed by politicians of both parties (but mostly Republicans). Countless thousands of conservatives have gotten elected using fearmongering TV ads and mailers screaming “My opponent is soft on ___________________ (crime, drugs, pornography, prostitution, communism, you name it).”
And now House Republicans want to pay for their corporate donors’ tax cuts by taking police officers off the streets. Republicans are also planning to eliminate a lot of general funding for state and municipal programs, so there’ll probably be a lot more than 4,500 police jobs that get eliminated. This will probably also eliminate some fire protection services and other “non-essential” programs.
In case any Democrats are interested in connecting with the public, or even — gasp! — winning an election or two, this is one of those issues where the ads write themselves.