Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Law Enforcement idiocy exposed by Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal has a front page story on the idiotic priorities of county sheriffs in California. They are facing enormous budget shrinkage: they are laying off deputies, closing floors of the county jail, eliminating patrols, eliminating major crimes investigators, letting convicted drunk drivers out of jail early (predicting that they will drink and drive and hurt people). But they are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of their scarce local funds to cut down marijuana plants because the Federal government will give them grants to help cover some of the costs. Do they even arrest the marijuana growers who they say are dangerous fiends from the Mexican drug trafficking organizations? No. They make arrests only 10 percent of the time.

How does it make sense for law enforcement agencies to knowingly endanger public safety in order to cut down marijuana plants?

How does it make sense for the Federal government, which is going to spend more than $1.3 trillion this year that it has to borrow, to cut down marijuana plants?

This is the scenario: The U.S. borrows dollars from the Chinese to pay cops who can't catch criminals from Mexico to cut down marijuana in California that when used as intended won't hurt people as much as alcohol and drunk drivers.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to find out who put these grants/funding into the federal legislation? It'd be illustrative to know of Obama's WH/DEA/ONDCP pushed for this, or the congressional drug warriors.