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Three Strikes, Crime & More Prisons, More Prisons

The Merc also ran a couple of Op-Ed Quotes of interest:

'I REFUSE TO LET THIS ANIMAL ANYWHERE NEAR A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. I WON'T ALLOW HIM TO BE RETURNED TO HAYWARD OR TO ANY OTHER DENSELY POPULATED URBAN CENTER. '

-- GOV. PETE WILSON, ON MELVIN CARTER, THE ''COLLEGE TERRACE RAPIST''.

'WHAT (GOV. PETE) WILSON IS DOING IS SAVING HIS A** BY KEEPING 3 MILLION OR 4 MILLION VOTES IN THE BAY AREA BUT THROWING AWAY 3,000 OR 4,000 VOTES UP HERE. '

-- LARRY PICKETT, ALTURAS POLICE CHIEF, AFTER CARTER WAS PAROLED IN ALTURAS.

Seems all the politicians are trying to save their individual and collective a**es by passing anti-crime legislation that probably won't work but will be very, very expensive. Mostly because the crime legislation takes effect after the fact, and isn't at all focused at drug treatment, at providing employment, at improving education. In fact, all of those things are being cut back to provide money for prisons to warehouse the criminals. But I'm just hopelessly liberal!

Another cartoon contains this dialogue:

Wife: "We're being evicted because we can't pay our taxes?" Husband: "Correct!"

Wife: "Why is the tax bill so high?" Husband: "To build PRISONS. America now has a jail every 32 blocks!"

Wife: "OK! Sell the car! That'll be enough to pay the taxes!" Husband: "We can't sell the car!"

Wife: "Why not?" Husband: "It was stolen yesterday!"


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Meanderings 1.01 -- March 20, 1994