Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Militarization of the Police State: Increased due to 2009 Stimulus Package

Two good links discussing the the militarization of the local law enforcement. The first article titled, Obama Stimulus Program Includes Billions for Cops", covers how the 2009 Stimulus package had items to help increase funding for local law enforcement officials:

"The grants are popular with Democrats, and restoring them was central to Obama's campaign plan to combat rising violence. By tacking the money onto the stimulus plan, Obama avoids having to defend the spending during the normal budget process."

Yet, crime rates, according to Cato Research Fellow Trevor Burrus, have been declining since the 1990s. He makes this point and other points regarding the funding of local law enforcement in this Cato Podcast:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Walmart Shakes Up Primary Care—and the Whole System

Walmart Shakes Up Primary Care—and the Whole System

Key Excerpt:

"Insurance is irrelevant to these clinics, which post and accept cash payments directly. Walmart and other businesses outside the government-medical complex increasingly understand that there are opportunities outside those bureaucracies, and healthcare enterprises that operate free of the dead hand of Obamacare can take care of their customers without getting bogged down in the old system."

Militarization of the Police

Here are some excellent reads that provide some different view points from the mainstream school of thought regarding the Police State.

This first article, Police States and Inner City Economics, addresses this issue and some of the issues that have caused the decline of the economics in the inner city areas. A key excerpt:

"The expansion of police prerorgatives has accelerated in recent decades, first with the “War on Drugs,” and then with the “War on Terrorism,” both of which have resulted in what we see today in the form of heavily militarized police forces, asset forfeiture, and an endless list of federal laws that bring long jail sentences, even when no criminal intent is proven."

The Second article, Police Militarization in Ferguson-and your Town, explores the issues surrounding on how the local police are funded to acquire military surplus equipment and the like. A key excerpt:

"Federal grants drive police militarization. In 2012, as I was able to establish in moments through an online search, St. Louis County (of which Ferguson is a part) got a Bearcat armored vehicle and other goodies this way. The practice can serve to dispose of military surplus (though I’m told the Bearcat is not military surplus, but typically purchased new) and it sometimes wins the gratitude of local governments, even if they are too strapped for cash to afford more ordinary civic supplies (and even if they are soon destined to be surprised by the high cost of maintaining gear intended for armed combat)."

Lastly, a peer reviewed paper titled, "Warrior Cops" addresses this issue. This paper was written in 1999, as it details how much military equipment was given to local law enforcement agencies during that time period.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quote of the Day: Equality vs Freedom

"Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."~Alexis de Tocqueville

The Immigration "Crisis": Different Presective

This article was written by Mark Thorton Phd in 2007, as it provides a very different perspective from the common mainline thoughts regarding the issue surrounding illegal immigration.

He makes the connection between the Federal Government, The Federal Reserve and the Housing Crisis and illegal immigration.

The article can be read right here, as this is an excerpt:

"The only national problem with immigration lies with government. Because immigrants are relatively poor they tend to pay less in taxes than their use of so-called government services like health care and education, and thus increase taxes on citizens."

A second article regarding this issue is from Joel Poindexter, as it was written in 2011 regarding immigration. Here is an excerpt from this article:

"The only significant impact that immigrants have on the labor market is to increase the supply of labor, which tends to put downward pressure on wages. Everything else equal, the only way an immigrant will be hired over a native worker is if he is willing to accept lower wages. In order to maximize profits, business owners look to pay the lowest wage possible without affecting marginal productivity. If an immigrant is willing to work for less, and he is productive enough, it only makes sense to choose the lower-cost labor. Billions of people the world over make this same decision on a daily basis while shopping for goods and services — it's called bargain hunting."

The rest of the article can be read by clicking the link here..