The Left continues to argue that in the absence of more federal “stimulus” spending, “murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise” — in the words of the ineffable Joe Biden.
Put aside the actual data on crime rates and the like. Is this not an explicit admission that they are playing the Washington Monument game? “Give us more taxpayer dollars, or we’ll cut the most valuable things first.” It seems to me that the obvious question to be asked is not whether such rhetoric is acceptable, but instead whether there is no other government spending of less value.
“Really, Mr. Vice President? Is there no government spending other than that for public safety that could be cut instead?” I’d love to hear Mr. Biden’s — or Mr. Obama’s — answer to that one. Perhaps it is best saved for the presidential debate next fall.
— Benjamin Zycher is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.