Thursday, February 19, 2009

Justice American Style


The Drug Task Forces that ran wild under the Clinton Administration were curtailed under Bush II but are set to be revived under Obama. Why? Well it will stimulate the economy.
The stimulus bill includes plenty of green for those wearing blue.

The compromise bill doles out more than $3.7 billion for police programs, much of which is set aside for hiring new officers.

The law allocates $2 billion for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, a program that has funded drug task forces and such things as prisoner-rehabilitation and after-school programs.

An additional $1 billion is set aside to hire local police under the Community Oriented Policing Services program.

The program, known as COPS grants, paid the salaries of many local police officers and was a "modest contributor" to the decline in crime in the 1990s, according to a 2005 government oversight report.

Both programs had been eliminated during the Bush administration.
Of course this is going to stimulate the police economy. To the detriment of the economy of poor people who do not have the resources or the will to fight back.

I'm still trying to figure out why Obama, the Champion of The Poor, would back such a measure? And why Bush, Champion of The Elite, ended the Drug Task Forces during his administration? It doesn't fit the narrative.

You can watch a YouTube interview with Regina Kelly, the person portrayed in the movie as "Dee", at the YouTube link provided.

H/T Colleen McCool and Buford Terrell of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas

Cross Posted at Classical Values

1 comment:

foutsc said...

Good questions.

More importantly, these "One time" stimuli create Frankenstein's monsters that cannot be killed.

Imagine a Republican president being elected in 4 years (just a fantasy, but stick with me). She tries to slash all this spending and is accused of being anti-cop and pro-crime for cutting the Obama-era law enforcement budget.

Of course, no one even stops to ask why the Federal Government is paying local cops...