A recent article provides another example of the insidious, delusional, and deranged philosophy of governance espoused by the progressive socialist left.
As reported at HotAir:
“A few years ago, California passed one in a series of bills aimed at emptying the jails and prisons. Proposition 47 carried the disingenuous name of “the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act and its stated purpose was to keep non-violent offenders out of jail. To achieve this goal, the state decriminalized a number of lesser offenses, including retail theft.
The law raised the value of the amount of merchandise someone could steal while still only being charged with a misdemeanor to nearly one thousand dollars. To the great surprise of the government, people noticed this change and began taking advantage of it. They have now recorded multiple years of steadily increasing, organized robbery. These plots are known as “mass grab and dash” thefts and they generally involve large numbers of young people all entering a store at the same time, grabbing armfuls of merchandise and dashing back out to their vehicles and hitting the highway. Not only are robberies on the rise, but arrests and prosecutions are down. Nobody is seriously contesting the numbers. The local and state police organizations blame prop 47. FBI crime data supports the contention. Retail sales organizations have tracked this trend and agree.
This is a trend that’s been building in a number of blue states and now it seems that the petty crime chickens are coming home to roost. The fact is that there are always going to be a certain number of people who will be willing to break the law if they don’t feel the risk of significant punishment is too high. An understanding of this fundamental principle is why the “broken windows” policies enacted in New York City and other municipalities in the 90s were so effective. If you crack down on even smaller crimes, you lower crime rates overall.”
Perhaps you are saying, so what Col.? Here is the so what.
A year ago, in Dallas County, Texas, where I reside, a new, progressive socialist, District Attorney was elected, Jon Creuzot. One of his first edicts was to assert that his office would not be prosecuting crimes below a $750 value . . . Really? It is believed that in this past year, California lost nearly 200K residents. Yes, there are some great conservatives who have fled that lost state, but there are those who have come to Texas bringing along that failed ideology. As well, there are folks here in Texas creating a storm by embracing this failed ideology of leftism. Our Texas college and university campuses are overrun with the purveyors of socialism, the professors. The administrations on these campuses abdicate their leadership roles to the mad mobs of students and allow fascism to take root.
Why do states emulate failed “stuck on stupid” ideologies? Time to turn the tide, y’all!
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