Posts tagged with “Republicans”
Crime, Alexander argues, was one of the key issues Republicans used to send that ‘subliminal appeal.’ But the usage of crime did not end with Republicans. It quickly spread to Democrats. And thus we behold Bill Clinton endorsing ‘three strikes and you’re out’ laws, funding a massive prison buildup, and promoting a ‘One Strike and You’re Out initiative’ that ‘made it easier for federally assisted public housing projects to exclude anyone with a criminal history.’
And yet despite claims of shrinking government and kicking the poor off the dole, mass incarceration effectively meant a new sprawling bureaucracy. Prisons, it turns out, are expensive. ‘The reality is that the government was not reducing the amount of money devoted to management of the urban poor,’ writes Alexander. ‘It was radically altering what the funds would be used for. The dramatic shift toward punitiveness resulted in a massive reallocation for public resources. By 1996, the penal budget doubled the amount that had been allocated to AFDC or food stamps.’”
Stephen Colbert to Republican male candidates who are about to mention rape.
This man embodies humankind’s failure to evolve.