Sunday, June 10, 2018

June, 2018, Part 3, Political Class Insanity: Idiocy In England's Knife World, Homicides In Chicago and More

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let's get started:

1) We have often talked about two realities in the world of politicians. First, they rarely if ever truly resolve a problem or issue facing their voters. Second, their solutions are either so stupid and inane or actually make the problem or issue worse.

And this condition is not restricted just to the U.S. and politicians, it also applies elsewhere and to different government employees. Such is the case in England. We have previously reported on how there is a violent epidemic of knife attacks sweeping London and the rest of the country. While the city and country have very strict gun control laws, denying citizens the right to defend themselves, the root cause of the problem of violence has not been resolved via gun control laws, the crime just migrated over to violent knife attacks.

But according to the Telegraph newspaper in England, a judge has the solution to the problem:
  • An English judge has proposed a nationwide program that would require everyone to file down the points of kitchen knives to combat the soaring knife crime epidemic.
  • The judge also called for the banning of large kitchen knives, a form of “knife control.”
  • This “solution” is in response to the latest crime statistics: “Latest figures show stabbing deaths among teenagers and young adults have reached the highest level for eight years, and knife crime overall rose 22 per cent in 2017.”
  • His view is that the vast majority of knife attacks are carried out with kitchen knives so, logically, defang kitchen knives and the problem goes away.
  • Much like the stupid solution that liberals have proposed in this country with regards to the size of gun magazine sizes, this judge applies the same logic here: “But why we do need eight-inch or ten-inch kitchen knives with points? Butchers and fishmongers do, but how often, if at all, does a domestic chef use the point of an eight-inch or ten-inch knife? Rarely, if at all."
  • Thus, he wants to mobilize the entire government apparatus to get rid of pointy knives: “I would urge all those with any role in relation to knives - manufacturers, shops, the police, local authorities, the government - to consider preventing the sale of long pointed knives, except in rare, defined, circumstances, and replacing such knives with rounded ends. It might even be that the police could organise a programme whereby the owners of kitchen knives, which have been properly and lawfully bought for culinary purposes, could be taken somewhere to be modified, with the points being ground down into rounded ends." 
As always, where is the solution to the root cause of these attacks? The knife is the instrument, what is the cause? And do we really think that someone bent on stabbing someone is going to say to themselves, “Dang, mom rounded the edges of the kitchen knives, I cannot commit the crime.” No, if you want to attack someone idiotic solutions like this is not going to stop you from getting a file out and making a knife sharper. Idiocy.

2) The same idiocy prevails in this country, as we have witnessed so many times in Chicago. Chicago and Illinois have some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, with the theory that strict gun control laws will reduce gun control violence.

We have discussed this fallacy often in this blog. Chicago and Illinois politicians see the gun as the problem, not the underlying social issues and problems as the problem. Thus, they apply a gun control solution to societal problems and thus, the root causes never get addressed and resolved. In fact, it seems that at least in Chicago the more you restrict gun usage the higher the level of violence becomes, as we see from the recent Memorial Day weekend results:
  • According to news reports, by Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend, four citizens had been shot dead and 23 in total had been shot.
  • Up to the Memorial Day weekend, over 1,000 people in Chicago had been shot and 164 had died from those gunshot wounds.
  • At the current rate, over 400 people will be shot dead by the end of the year in the city.
  • Over 40 people in Chicago had been killed in just the month of May.
And this carnage has been going on for years and no amount of gun control laws has stopped or even slowed it down. But this is not unexpected since today’s politicians are not smart enough to understand root causes, they just aimlessly wander from one bad non-solution to another. In the meantime, hundreds die and thousands are injured.

3) The Clintons have a history of being greedy, selfish people, When they left the White House they took a lot of taxpayer owned White House furniture and other materials with them, only having to return the material when their stealing was found out. They tried to get around the law and make quick bucks with their Whitewater real estate scheme back in Arkansas. They eventually set up a fake charity that fronted a money laundering operation while Hillary was Secretary of State. As a result they are likely now worth upwards of $100 million.

But a recent article on the Conservative Daily website showed another way that the Clintons tried to enrich themselves again and enrich themselves at the cost of the American taxpayer:
  • The Government Accountability office (GAO) ways that someone associated with Clinton’s Presidential campaign owes the American taxpayer $3.9 million.
  • The Secret Service is responsible for protecting not on the President but also Presidential candidates.
  • Secret Service agents travel with candidates on the campaign trail at the expense of the campaign. 
  • The campaign then bills back the Secret Service organization and the taxpayer picks up the protection and travel bill for the candidate.
  • According to the article, “Since 1977, the law gave the Secret Service two ways to calculate the reimbursement, either the cost of “the lowest priced first-class seat available for the given route,” or “a ‘pro rata’ rate calculated by dividing the cost of the chartered flight by the number of passengers.””
  • The Secret Service is supposed to do both calculations and then write the reimbursement check to the candidate’s campaign for the lower amount.
  • But a Clinton lawyer had the Secret Service write the reimbursement check for the pro rata amount every time even if the first class seat was less expensive: “The Secret Service ceased to adhere to its longstanding reimbursement policy and agency officials were directed to use the pro rata calculation method for reimbursing all campaigns for agent airfares.” 
  • While this happened with other candidates reimbursement also, it appears that Clinton took the most advantage of the abuse, and since her campaign accounts only have $1 million left in the bank, there could be a problem if the Secret Service analysis finds that her campaign owes more than $1 million.
More wasting of American taxpayer money, it never ends. As does the insanity, greed, and ineptness of just about every American politician.

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