This has been going on for year, but nothing seems to be changing. Every week brings a new incident of brutality or death of a civilian at the hands of police. In some cases, it seems to be due to an intentional policy nationwide to escalate rather than deescalate any situation. In others, it seems to derive from the hiring of sadistic racists. And no matter how egregious, the local police unions will always produce an automatic defense of every one of these crimes, and attacks on anyone who questions them.
This cannot continue. It may be that law enforcement will recognize the cliff it is heading over and implement better policies. Or outside forces may inflict change upon them. If they're smart, they will lead and retain some control over the changes.
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What if they held a class war and nobody noticed? For decades, liberals and progressives have been bashed for conducting a "class war" every time they suggest that it would be appropriate for the extremely wealthy to shoulder a bit more of the burden of paying for government. Meanwhile, a swarm of far-right think-tanks and political action committees have been working tirelessly to promote the idea that taxes on the wealthy should be lowered further from their historic lows, and that entitlement programs such as social security and medicare are too expensive to sustain (and in any case, immoral). The latest attempts to delegitimize public employee unions are the logical next step in what genuinely appears to be the systematic dismantlement of the middle class. This blog will highlight some of the more extreme examples of this activity that may not always show up in your news feeds.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
To complement the earlier post about public defenders in Mississippi, here is another from Louisiana. When Republicans mismanage states, ordinary people always end up paying the price.
Posted by Arrik at 3/20/2016 04:55:00 PM