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If This, Then Disaster!

October 24, 2011

There was quite a bit of blather about Vice President Biden last week saying that violent crime will increase if the Republicans don’t pass the jobs bill.  I didn’t comment on it last week, mostly because I didn’t think it was really news.  Politicians talk like this all the time.  It’s basic strategy… claim the worst-case scenario if you don’t get your cookie, and you might get your cookie.  That works unless Mom has a clue, and the taxpayers as Mom tend to be brighter than most people give credit.

I noticed that Benjamin Zycher guest-posted at NRO in a similar fashion.

Put aside the actual data on crime rates and the like. Is this not an explicit admission that they are playing the Washington Monument game?  “Give us more taxpayer dollars, or we’ll cut the most valuable things first.” It seems to me that the obvious question to be asked is not whether such rhetoric is acceptable, but instead whether there is no other government spending of less value.

This is what bugs me about politics on occasion.  Instead of just asking a reasonable question back (which I see most of the time in business), we instead go racing to the people and talk about how we can’t dialog anymore.

Now, if you want to talk about what causes crime to go up… well, Verum Serum has a comment on that, and here’s the NY Post to provide the data:

The number of people shot surged 154 percent two weeks ago — to 56 from 22 over the same week last year — and spiked 28 percent in the last month.

Last week tallied another increase in victims — 22 people had been hit through Friday, including the three victims gunned down outside a Brooklyn school Friday.

Four high-ranking cops point the finger at Occupy Wall Street protesters, saying their rallies pull special crime-fighting units away from the hot zones where they’re needed.

Since Occupy Wall Street took over Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, the NYPD has relied heavily on its borough task forces, the department’s go-to teams for rowdy crowds.

I don’t need to rail about the lousy dialog going on over OWS.  I can point out facts on the streets and just relax while everyone else ignores it.  Just sayin’…

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