Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the same time increasing the FBI(spy) budget.

Another case of too many chiefs, not enough indians.

What do you need cops for in an outlaw regime like this anyway?

February 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Well, I am sure they figure that by opposing any new gun law legislation and even maybe passing new rules that let Republicans conceal carry, this will shift the burden of civic protection to the private sector where it really belongs. Thus reducing the need for those 4500 cops feeding at the public trough.

They will come up with some insane justification their slack jawed loyalists will swallow.

February 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Rick Massey said...

Now there is one the GOP clearly did not think through. Who cares if they cut food for pregnant women and hungry children. We all expected that. But after taking millions of dollars from lobbyists for corporations that get the plum contracts to support the prison industry, now that's just un-American.

But I am probably selling them short. With the continual increases in funding for the domestic spying programs, and the systematic dismantling of the Bill of Rights, they can fill the prisons with American citizens faster and cheaper than they ever did arresting people one cop at a time.

February 11, 2011 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I for one want to know when they plan on cracking down on commie prostitutes. I didn't pay for collectivist sex!

February 11, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't they learn from the Clinton Era? Clinton made federal funds to put a 1000 new cops on the street, Gingrich and Republicans ridiculed them and got the worse end for it.

What they could not figure out (and still can't) is that Clinton made the promise every big city mayor makes. It works for the Mayors and it worked for Clinton.

I still say do they really hope to stay in Office when their constituents come calling for a new freeway or library and told they can't have it because they voted against the funds or will they make it up in earmarks?

Anybody wanna guess?


February 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: Of course. Spying on people is much more important than protecting them.

MRM: Ah yes, the private sector. They ought to just get rid of all these socialized police departments and give everybody the freedom to pay for their own private security guards.

Rick: I think you've got the rightwing mindset dialed. What's good for the prison-industrial complex is good for America. Throw 'em all in jail and let God sort 'em out.

Randal: Collectivist sex has never worked!

Erik: I have no idea whether Republican politicians have a brilliant long-range plan or whether they're just partying with no thought of tomorrow. It seems to me like they're cutting their own throats, but then 2 years ago we all thought the GOP was toast, and they're baaack. So who knows.

February 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

With all the republican gun-carriers on the streets, we're going to need those cops.

Wait, those cops are probably republican, too, right?

Wonder if they will be now.

February 14, 2011 at 3:53 AM  

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