Monday, April 26, 2010

Cuts in police forces

The Wall Street Journal has an article about how cities are cutting back on the number of police officers in order to save money.

Excuse my cynicism, but I can't help but wonder if some of this isn't political.

If cities and states cut back on funding/hours for parks and recreation or for libraries and museums, people will be upset but the more intelligent people will understand that there is simply not enough money to go around.

When you cut back on police, however, and crime rates start going up and 911 response times start going down, everyone will be up in arms and people will demand that funding be restored even if it means raising taxes more and more.

From the perspective of some politician's, I suspect this is precisely the objective. I wonder how many people will have to die at criminals' hands in order for some politicians to achieve their objective?

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