Thursday, February 28, 2008

and we're worried about baseball?

A new study, released yesterday, indicates that 1%, yes 1%, of our adult population is in jail or prison. This is alarming. We spend more to incarcerate adults than we do to educate our children.

And what is Congress doing? Holding interminable hearings about baseball. I don't even know why this is Congress' business. Baseball should be policing baseball. If the sport is tainted by the use of steroids and HGH, ban players that test positive. Or come up with some policy to deal with the issue.

I think Congress could better spend its time looking at why so much of our population is in jail. Why is drug use and drug crime so high in the general population? Much more of a question than whether one dumb-ass pitcher lied to Congress. The great game of baseball is just that -- a game.

How about spending our tax dollars wisely, looking at issues that affect our lives?

1 comment:

Kitten Herder said...

I couldn't agree with you more.

Wouldn't it be great if there were a law in place dictating that we have to spend AT LEAST as much on education as we do on prisons. In addition, maybe we should spend AT LEAST 25% of what we do on prisons on drug education and rehabilitation programs AND at least 25% of what we do on prisons on job training programs.

For the drug education, rehabilitation, and job training programs, some sort of index-based budgeting might just work out perfectly. As the causes of incaceration decrease, the money needed to incarcerate would decrease. Just maybe?