Category Archives: State

Saving Prisoners

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Well if we get away from the stupid rhetoric and look at the facts, it makes things a little easier. The US prison population has skyrocketed since the 80’s. Why you ask? Primarily because of mandatory sentencing guidelines that were all the rage of elected officials voted in – on both sides of the aisle.

Now, while violent crimes rates have dropped considerably in the last decade, most of the mandatory sentencing is due to drug related crimes. When the NOLA article mentions the likelyhood of the children of offenders becoming incarcerated, they fail to mention the most likely cause.

We ought to be concerned because we recognize that incarcerations beget incarcerations. Parents who go to prison leave behind children who eventually follow them there. Some might want to blame genetics, but it’s just as likely that seeing one’s parent sent away — even a parent with problems — further destabilizes a child’s household and contributes to their worsening behavior. — Jarvis DeBerry  – NOLA – Sunday, March 27, 2011

It’s not some magic advanced Darwinian DNA evolution among criminal bloodlines. It’s simply drug use and the impressions passed on from parent to child. It’s not society’s fault nor social injustice. People make bad decisions and if caught have to do the punishment. Children see this and unfortunately a large percentage learn the bad habits.

Who do people like Brett Malone want to blame? The Christians, evil profiteers, the governors…everyone but the people who are ultimately to blame. Guess who that is? The people who consciously make the wrong choices.

Now some people argue that privatizing prisons would invite corrupt policies to send more people to prison. Why would a company purchase (or invest in building) a prison with no inmates?

Again, if we move away from the rhetoric, a private company would typically build a facility that is designed to hold enough prisoners for which the market bears. Private businesses most likely would not build something to hold 1,000 prisoners (as an example) if the state was only able to send 200. It wouldn’t make financial sense, and private business is there to make a profit.

The private company can’t simply order extra prisoners. The judicial and legal system has to generate them – all through elected laws and officials.

Will Jindal’s suggestion to privatize prisons save taxpayers money? Good question and I haven’t researched it enough to make an educated guess. It’s painfully obvious that the current methods and policies combined with bad choices by offenders will certainly continue to cost us taxpayers money.

However, one thing is for sure: the “social justice” programs have caused this state and others some very real fiscal problems. Those have to be solved through short-term and long-term strategies.

War on the Poor and Obama

credit to AsSeenInShreveport blog

I started out reading this Crooks and Liars post to laugh at the progressive rant against the evil republicans. It turns out that is was a very good insight into some of the problems that Obama faces.

Let’s start with the original reason for the blog post – republicans waging a war on the poor.

Minnesota Republicans Want To Bust Poor People Who Carry Cash

It’s really funny how progressive liberals can’t read. If you read the tag line and the article, the information is spun so that it appears “poor people” in Minnesota can’t carry more than $20 cash. However, if you actually read HF 171, you soon find out that is not the case.

As most average people know, especially in an entitlement-rich state like Louisiana, the use of debit cards for “food stamp – now called SNAP” programs and the TANF program ($175.2million from Washington for FY2011) is abused heavily.

Yes, I know people who are on assistance so I’ve seen these abuses first-hand. Not that everyone abuses the system, but is it my social responsibility for you to be able to buy lobster and steak with a Louisiana Purchase card? Should our tax dollars help fund those that sell their benefits or use a taco truck to steal $1,000,000 worth of benefits – like Vincent Edward Daprince?

But I digress so let’s get back to Minnesota. If you actually read the text of HF 171, you will see that none of that rhetoric is true, of course. The bill amendment simply is putting some common-sense restrictions on Minnesota’s system. Can the Minnesota poor carry more than $20 cash on them? Sure – but they need to earn it on their own – not off the backs of the MN taxpayers.

So what about the War on Obama?

This is where the article actually had some decent insight. If you can stomach some of the comments in response to the stupid article, you start to get a picture of the current attitude of progressive liberals to the Teleprompter-In-Chief. Here are a select few.

There comes a time where we decide to be the change no matter who sits in the White House. This had better damn well be one of those times. – karoli

Since most people seem to be hanging their hopes on the man in the WH it would be nice to know what the former community organizer thinks – and if it differs with his corporate agenda. Because most assuredly he will be our only choice in 2012. Excuse me if I would find it comforting to know if he actually gives a shit about us. – Rich H

No. I’m waiting for his eloquent speech on the merits of a strong working class…I’m not holding my breath. He’s more likely to give a speech about the greatness of banks. – Edwin

These comments are directly from the hearts and minds of progressives who believe “in the cause” and are commenting against republicans.

Come to think of it – Obama is definitely a better president than Bush. While it took Bush 8 years to piss off his base, Obama has done it in 3.

LA Population vs Social Programs Math

Can someone explain some simple math for me? If the population of Louisiana has only increased 0.5% in the past 9 years, then why the cry for all these additional services?

Just goes to show you that progressives and liberals love to spend money – where it isn’t needed. What part of “cut the nanny state” don’t they get?

Now, I do have my own beefs with Bobby Jindal. His response speech to Obama just sucked. Sarah would have done better. However, when he suggests and recommends cuts to higher education and other state-aided services, guess what? I’m all for it.

Anarchy at the Superdome – nope

In interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Compass reported rapes of “babies,” and Mayor Ray Nagin spoke of “hundreds of armed gang members killing and raping people” inside the Dome. Other unidentified evacuees told of children stepping over so many bodies “we couldn’t count.”

“The information I had at the time, I thought it was credible,” Compass said, admitting his earlier statements were false. Asked the source of the information, Compass said he didn’t remember.

Eddie Compass – New Orleans Police Superintendent

The news reports were almost overwhelming. Most of us in the northern parts of Louisiana were bracing for all the incoming violence from evacuees. Did any of that happen? Nope. Not really.

Sure – there has most likely been an increase in gang activity or crime in other cities as some of the people flushed from New Orleans were criminals or gang bangers. In January 2006, murders in Houston were up 50% compared to the previous year. According to in “Crime Returns to the Big Easy”, federal subsidies ran out, more housing became available again in New Orleans while Houston police arrested scores of Katrina evacuees. By March 2006 killings in Houston were back down to pre-Katrina levels.

It appears that much of the criminal element returned to New Orleans fairly quickly.

In 2004 the New Orleans murder rate was 56 for every 100,000. In February 2006, it returned to around 54 out of 100,000. It increased slightly to 57 per 100,000 in 2007 and jumped to 71 per 100,000 in 2008.

That’s bad when the New Orleans murder rate “holds flat” at 171 total in 2009, which is down to 52 per 100,000. It would seem with all that crime in New Orleans that in 2005 Hurricane Katrina would have been a murder buffet. Not any more than usual.

But what about all the “hundreds of armed gang members killing people” in the Dome as told by Compass? The official total was 6 bodies – 4 died of natural causes, 1 committed suicide and 1 overdosed. According to Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan, authorities had only confirmed 4 murders in New Orleans in the week after Katrina.

That’s right – only 4. That makes it a typical week in New Orleans.