Monday, May 28, 2012

Violent Crimes at 39-Year Low. Police Spending at $100 billion.


The good news is that violent crimes are at a 39-year low. The bad news is that spending on law enforcement remains at $100 billion a year. Compared with social welfare spending and the Defense Department budget, this is small change. But shouldn’t lower rates of violent crime produce small police departments? No. Why not? Because tax spending on crime is never cut. The law enforcement system is a bureaucracy. The law of bureaucracy says that spending is never cut. It’s a ratchet. (It’s also a racket.) So, crime gets re-defined. New crimes are added to the old list, so that there will be a constant rate of spending, minimum, and maybe rising.
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