Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think there were any offsets built into the Katrina aid package. The offsets to which he's referring — $34 billion — were against total aid for Katrina, Rita and Wilma combined, and were built into the 2006 Defense Appropriations Act months after they passed the Katrina bill. Maybe Rep. Cooper would like to try another explanation.
(Merits of the budget proposal aside, likewise discussion of the sort of governance that got Metro into this position.) My god. Do they even try to justify themselves anymore? Or is the new policy just to tacitly acknowledge that they are part of his PR apparatus? Shameless.
Likewise the police unions can encourage things like constitutional search-and-seizure training and policy reforms and shed their bad reputations as defenders of corruption. The fact that neither the Democrats nor the unions are going to take the opportunity the GOP is giving them is unfortunate.
I would point out that Democrats have a unique opportunity to turn this around right now. With the GOP attacking the very existence of unions, Democrats can earn their police union support simply by defending FOP/PBA's (or whichever's) right to exist and negotiate salaries and benefits, without having to get behind the no-consequences-for-brutality stuff.
What if the legislature has no particular agenda beyond placating anti-gay political supporters? Certainly bias by proxy — where certain members of the legislature are basically empty pneumatic tube carriers who do nothing but act as a delivery system for politically convenient bills — is the same thing as actual bias. Morally, but not necessarily legally.
Tough to say. Town of more than 4,000 with less than 1,000 over 16 reporting in the labor force. My guess, though, is you are wrong. Hardemann County unemployment rates are typically in the double digits, significantly higher than Nashville's (like most rural TN counties). Wouldn't be surprised if you're right on crime. I think that has more to do with the 10 or so people per square mile than it does the overwhelming Christianity, though.
Either that or, you know, read the article before you comment.
Too much to ask.
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