Wednesday, March 11, 2015

conservatives quiet about ferguson because it exemplifies naked american conservatism in a nutshell


theatlantic |  Conservatives are typically eager to disparage politicians and bureaucrats who conspire to seize wealth. So you'd think that they'd be outraged to learn that officials in one municipality treat residents as revenue sources rather than citizens. In this city, policymakers have made maximizing the intake of money their number one priority. They urge police to cite residents as aggressively as possible and evaluate their municipal court judge based on the fines that he levies. Challenges to the city's system are thwarted by a deliberately complicated thicket of rules and red tape. And violations of the Constitution are frequent and unpunished.

This city's government does not solve problems. Its government is the problem. One illustration of many concerns a poor woman who got a single parking ticket there. "From 2007 to 2014, the woman was arrested twice, spent six days in jail, and paid $550 to the court for the events stemming from this single instance of illegal parking," federal investigators report. "Court records show that she twice attempted to make partial payments of $25 and $50, but the court returned those payments, refusing to accept anything less than payment in full. One of those payments was later accepted, but only after the court’s letter rejecting payment by money order was returned as undeliverable. This woman is now making regular payments on the fine. As of December 2014, over seven years later, despite initially owing a $151 fine and having already paid $550, she still owed $541."

What a burden the public sector has imposed on her life.

No city in America better illustrates government run amok than Ferguson, Missouri. Libertarians have long excoriated the city. Less so, movement conservatives. Most are ambivalent about the abuses. Some have even defended Ferguson officials. Why haven't conservatives seized this opportunity to highlight government-caused damage and to show blacks, Ferguson's most frequently abused demographic, that the right is intent on protecting everyone's civil rights?

2 comments:

Constructive_Feedback said...

PROPORTIONALITY:

FERGUSON: 72 Police Employees - City Of 21,500 people

NYC : 50,000 Police Employees - City of 8 Million People

CAN YOU LOGICALLY conclude that the facts found about the financial underpinnings (fines as a tax revenue strategy) is directly applicable to NYC and other places - ESPECIALLY the precincts that have a warm relationship with the Obama Administration and National Action Network?

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/04/21/us/IMMIGRATION/IMMIGRATION-jumbo.jpg

CNu said...

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