There’s a reason why every Seattle resident owes $5,400 just to cover the unfunded liability for the city employees’ retirement benefits. It sounds like there the cry shouldn’t be to defund the police, but to defund the government.
I certainly do not disagree. But one step at a time. I could make the case that when we see the outrageous examples (and I am sure they are more common than one might think) and then act on them, other city departments will fall in line.
You have to admit, as a fellow conservative, that the republicans should be falling in line with fighting this stuff and not using it as a political football. Trump was the biggest spending peacetime president in history before the virus problem. The republican party for decades has been the party of balanced budgets and smaller government. It has lost its soul in this regard.
So if we stop with the nonsense that defund the police means that there will not be police, and embrace the notion of making them law enforcement officers working in their community we can get rid of these absurdities.
The people of Seattle are responsible for their own local issues. If I was calling the shots in Washington though, I would cut off federal funds to the city, in all its forms, until they get a handle on this problem. Getting rid of public sector unions is a good first step.
Most view the police ad right wingers, and I suppose this is mostly true. But we see the hollowness in today's confused conservative messaging. They claim to be right wing but they embrace their union and calls for bigger government. The thing is Doug, that many who claim to be conservative, really aren't. Not when it comes to feathering their own nest. So they endorse Trump's wealthy tax cut.
Another example is this. Most police are supporters of the second amendment. I am too. But when it comes to calls for reducing the number and type of guns in criminal hands they oppose these. They make the slippery slope argument. OK so far. But then they ask the federal government for armored vehicles and assault rifles because the criminals they face daily are "too heavily armed". It simply does not make sense. It is a version of the cold war in our cities and towns.
What the Chief in Seattle should have said was, "we are going to put officers in front of your businesses and do the best job that we can but until this crisis is past we will not be processing fingerprint clearances, putting officers in schools, doing DUI checkpoints, loaning officers to multi-city task forces, assigning officers to graffiti abatement and parking enforcement". You see, defund the police shouldl look at all of these and see what is necessary and what can only be done by a commissioned peace officer. Then offload the nonsense to unarmed, lower paid, para-professionals.