Monday, June 12, 2006

GWB's footprint

By Creature

Because under the watchful eye of George W. Bush we are safer today than yesterday...

Let's start overseas:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea is making plans to test an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States and the launch could come soon, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Now let's bring it back home:

WASHINGTON - Murders, robberies and aggravated assaults in the United States increased last year, spurring an overall rise in violent crime for the first time since 2001, according to FBI data. [ . . . ]

Criminal justice experts said the statistics reflect the nation's complacency in fighting crime, a product of dramatic declines in the 1990s and the abandonment of effective programs that emphasized prevention, putting more police officers on the street and controlling the spread of guns.

"We see that budgets for policing are being slashed and the federal government has gotten out of that business," said James Alan Fox, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern University in Boston. "Funding for prevention at the federal level and many localities are down and the (National Rifle Association) has renewed strength."

And let's not forget about the number of terrorists inspired to jihad because of our bring-it-on leader.

(Cross-posted at State of the Day.)

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  • I think the idea that the US foreign policy is making us safer is a myth that even Bush does not believe. How could anyone think that bombing a country, killing tens of thousands of its people and occupying it for 3+ years would NOT create more terrorists? It's elementary logic.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:15 PM  

  • More terrorists = more "war" = more bounty.

    By Blogger creature, at 6:54 PM  

  • This is directly related to Bush's tax and budget cuts, not to mention the shifting of remaining money towards the wars. Since the federal grants to states and national programs like crime prevention, education and welfare have been cut several times, the states and municipalities have been forced to try and make up those cuts by increasing state and property taxes and cutting their own programs even further. In addition, the sagging economy ultimately causes more desperation and crime.

    Besdies all of that, there are the effects of terrorism-related hysteria: the diversion of funds to various "anti-terrorist" pork barrel projects, and the fact that after 9/11 a whole bunch of paranoid idiots went out and bought a gun, as if this was supposed to help them stop the next terrorist attack.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:01 PM  

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