Monday, September 24, 2007

Is there a connection?

The dollar is shrinking, people are losing their homes, the UAW has called a nationwide strike for the first time in 37 years, and there is a steep rise in violent crime. Gee, do you think there could be a connection?

Violent crime in the United States rose more than previously believed in 2006, continuing the most significant increase in more than a decade, according to an FBI report released yesterday.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program found that robberies surged by 7.2 percent and homicides rose 1.8 percent from 2005 to 2006. Violent crime overall rose 1.9 percent, substantially more than an increase of 1.3 percent estimated in a preliminary FBI report in June.

The jump was the second in two years, following a 2.3 percent rise in 2005. Taken together, the two years represent the first steady increase in violent crime since 1993, FBI records show.

The uptick presents a significant political challenge for the Bush administration, which has faced growing criticism from congressional Democrats, big-city mayors and police chiefs for presiding over cuts in federal assistance to local law enforcement agencies over the past six years.

I'll let you decide.


Coffee Messiah said...

But, we are told things are getting better, unemployment is down, job opportunities are endless, interest rates are low.......ahhhh, the rhetoric! ; (

My dad worked for United Air Lines for 42 yrs. When he retired, he only lost 25% of his pension, people behind him lost 75%.

When I check on mine, I'm always told no problem. I check every 6 months as to its status. I can't touch it for another 6 yrs, if I live that long! ; (

FranIAm said...

I was told not to worry about my pension either coffee messiah... then came the PE firm that bought my company.

Anyway, BAC another great post. And what a talking point for the evil Rudy. I thought he would have fallen away by now, but I concede he's got legs.

The Bush admin is toast and we are stuck with. Lamer than lame ducks.

Are we so stupid in this country to not see the connection?

Don't answer that.

Deep sigh.

betmo said...

ahhh... but the police state is ready to declare war on crime here in america. if we fight crime here, then we don't have to fight crime there- or something like that.

BAC said...

Right, Betmo! Maybe it's time for another Susan Faludi "Backlash" book ... on more than just women's rights.