Sunday, August 05, 2007

Hillary takes on Bush for police cuts during his administration

I last talked about President Bush's attacks on the law enforcement budgets of America in Feb of this year. Year after year the President and the formerly Republican controlled Congress cut and cut all law enforcement grants and funding until it was almost non-existent. Hillary Clinton hit on this fact when she recently spoke to a meeting of the National Association of Police Organizations. Hillary promised more funding for police programs, including an anti-drug initiative and bulletproof vest program. Santa Fe used to receive funding to purchase 8 to 10 vests a year, the cost of which is about $600 a piece. For the last few years we received zero. There used to be federal grants for putting officers in schools and hiring and training new officers. Now for most agencies there is no money for these programs.

Year after year the cuts continued until the recent take over of Congress by the Democratic Party. This year the funding finally began to be restored as funding was increased for the JAG and HIDTA law enforcement programs. The Democrats pushed to increase funding and were successful in doing so since taking back congress from the Republicans. I have never understood how the Republicans are often seen as stronger on crime issues in national polls yet the strongest president on crime funding and issues in recent years was none other than President Bill Clinton. The recent Republican Congress decimated funding for law enforcement and things only got better when Democrats returned to power. I am looking forward to the next president who is bound to be a Democrat. I truly believe the tide will shift to real homeland security and true protection of citizens from the real threats in their own neighborhoods and on their own streets. So don't forget, Hug a Democrat next time you see one, or better yet, vote for him or her.


Anonymous said...

umh... Don't cops work for the city or state? Why should the city of Sante Fe or any other city get any money from federal tax payers? If the city/state is worried about law enforcement funding maybe the local citizens should fit the bill. Or you could just get red light cameras and replace some cops.

Sheriff Greg Solano said...

While it is true all non federal officers work for local jurisdictions the country as a whole cannot fund local law enforcement on current local taxes alone. Law enforcement is not by any means the only local program that rely on federal funds. Housing, infrastructure, roadways, water projects etc. all require federal funding. The alternative is to have less federal taxes and more local or a reverting of a certain portion of federal taxes to states and locality's for redistribution.

Henry Bowman said...

This post is absurd. The number of law enforcement personnel in the U.S. is at an all-time high, and needs to be slashed dramatically. Start by getting rid of the ridiculous [and obviously useless] War on Drugs. The faster local governments quit being whores for the Feds, the better.

Your statement that a number of other types of projects require is also patently absurd. This state is rolling in money and could well afford to pay for such projects on its own.

Anonymous said...

It’s up to you to decide what kind of America you want to live in.

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the States respectively, or to the people." ...the 10th amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Clearly this matter is not within the purview of the federal government.”

Right now, law enforcement and the political machine are selling you a “War On Drugs,” instead of making sure that your medical needs are being met.

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