Sunday, June 2, 2013

Your Governor

I got a call from a friend of mine. “That Governor of yours, she is scary!”  I can’t disagree and when you combine her rhetoric with Sheriff Joe Arpio’s zeal you can be assured some Arizona wackiness will follow.

“If the feds aren't going to do their job, well, then, I'm up to suing the feds to make them do their job! I mean, they sued Arizona. We can sue them back!” Jan Brewer


"As you know, Arizona recently passed the toughest anti-immigration bill in American history. The idea behind this bill is to drive illegal immigrants out of Arizona and back to their homeland of Los Angeles." –Jay Leno

 Sheriff Joe is famous or infamous, depending on your point of view, in his response to incarceration.  (He makes it a point to go round up dead beat dads on Father’s day.) Constructing “Tent City” was his response to overcrowding. 
"I needed a place to put the dogs.  The prisoners ruined the jail, so I put the prisoners in the tents and now the dogs have a nice place to be." Sheriff Joe Arpaio 
Pink prison issue underwear was his solution to laundry being stolen.  When he was told that he must provide some access to television he offered the inmates Barney or The Disney Channel. 
 "I want to make this place so unpleasant that they won't even thing about doing something that could bring them back." Sheriff Joe Arpaio 

 Don’t get me wrong.  I think Sheriff Joe has some good points. Why are prison facilities more luxurious than many of the overseas Military facilities? Why do prisons serve better food than some school cafeterias? Why isn’t it mandatory to work in prison and offset the cost of incarceration?  
"We took away coffee, that saved $150,000 a year. Switched to bologna sandwiches, that save half a million dollars a year." Sheriff Joe Arpaio    

One additional suggestion, why can’t we outsource our prison system? Send inmates to Mexico or Ecuador? Kind of like a Quid pro Quo. You send illegals our way and we will send legally-challenged inmates your way. The community accepting the outsourced gets some funds, that tax payers save some money and I’m guessing a few years in a Guatemalan prison may make more of an impact on those considering re-offending.  

"Arizona is the meth lab of democracy." —Jon Stewart


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