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  •  Too much money (1+ / 0-)
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    appropriated for security in a knee-jerk reaction to 9-11. Money dished out to police departments across the U.S. with litte regard to probably hazards. Largesse heaped up, pressed down, and spilling over.

    Not enough meaningful work for them. Fear-mongering aside, the U.S. is just not that dangerous a place to live, on the whole.

    "Use it or lose it" budgeting.

    Therefore, pervasive overkill in an effort to justify the dollars. And the law-enforcement tail wagging the dog of civil society.

    Reduce appropriations and fer-gosh-sakes, take away the rules that let police agencies enrich themselves directly from the valuables they confiscate.

    Talk about moral hazard! Make them feed the proceeds back into the general treasury like other agencies that collect fines. Make them depend for their budget on annual appropriations  like everyone else.

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