To the People

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or TO THE PEOPLE.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Next Mayor of Philly

Michael Nutter, the soon-to-be mayor of Philadelphia:

PHILADELPHIA - Michael Nutter, the man who is nearly certain to be Philadelphia's next mayor, promises to reduce gun violence, launch an all-out crackdown on no-bid contracts and offer $10,000 tax breaks to companies that hire convicts.
Can someone give me a sound argument against the tax break idea? I'm tempted to say it's a decent idea....Logistically it might not work, but as a concept -- What's wrong with giving tax breaks to companies that give convicts (the majority who have drug convictions) a chance to escape the criminal world? That's gotta be in the top 5 for worst symptoms of the Drug War. Too many black males in our inner-cities are not hireable because of past convictions and this in turn prevents them from any real shot at a future.

This, I don't like the sound of (and we have it in certain neighborhoods in Baltimore). It has failed to work wonders yet.
He promises to declare a "state of emergency" in high-crime neighborhoods and use "stop-and-frisk" tactics to crack down on guns.
Translation: Whatever few rights remained against unlawful search and seizures has now been thrown in the trash like a used condom. If cops want to stop you and search you because you look suspicious and are in a shitty neighborhood -- aka any young black male in the city -- then it's A OK to do so. I'm not sure where in the 4th Amendment that exception is specified, but I'm going back to double-check...

Full article here. Thanks to Sean Higgins for the link.

Labels: ,