Monday, June 30, 2014

The US Prison Epidemic, Taxpayers in the Red

Orange is the New Black in real life is a prison epidemic of too many women in jail – and taxpayers like you in the red | Sadhbh Walshe "Orange is the New Black in real life is a prison epidemic in the US of too many women (and men) in jail – and taxpayers like you in the red The US imprisons more women (and men) than any country – and most of them for low-level crimes of poverty and addiction. But there is a better way...." (read  more at link above)


Monday, June 23, 2014

Southern US Jail, Squalor and Unconcern

Seeing Squalor and Unconcern in Southern Jail - "Photographs taken during the tour and obtained by The New York Times showed charred door frames, broken light fixtures and toilets, exposed electrical wires, and what advocates said were infected wounds on prisoners’ arms and legs, offering an unusual window into a prison at the center of a legal controversy." (read more at link above)


Monday, June 16, 2014

California, State of Delusion

RealClearMarkets - Is California a State Defined by Delusion?: ".... California's overburdened economy - from government regulations to high taxes - is holding back the Golden State's potential. Instead, to shift California's economy out of neutral and press on the gas, Sacramento needs to focus on pro-growth policies. Otherwise, Sacramento leaders will continue to tout a "California comeback" that few Californians actually believe is happening." (read more at link above)


Monday, June 9, 2014

The Real Problem Is Inept Governance

Good Governance is Hard and Rare --

RealClearMarkets - Deficits Bother You? The Real Problem Is Inept Governance: "....The silence from the White House and Congress on the long-term debt is a sign that politicians are tired of dealing with a tough problem. They know that solving the debt will require Republicans to accept increased taxes and Democrats to accept reductions in the projected spending on entitlements for the elderly. Neither party is willing to compromise on these basic elements of their political agenda. It's enough to make a person think that we have an even more fundamental problem than growing debt. Maybe the real underlying problem is inept governance."


Monday, June 2, 2014

The Truth About Chicago Crime Rates

Letting politics get in the way of the truth --

The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates | Chicago magazine | May 2014: "On November 30, a pathologist deferred the cause and manner of Walker’s death “pending police investigation.” That means the autopsy is inconclusive until the police further investigate the circumstances of his death. Walker’s death certificate, filed with the Cook County clerk’s office, says that he was murdered. No one disputes that he died from a bullet in his brain. But at presstime—four months after the shooting—the public record shows Walker’s case inexplicably classified not as a homicide but as a death investigation. That means, according to the department’s own records, Walker’s killing is not included in the city’s 2013 homicide total."