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America, the Law-crazed

bassboat Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 1:55 AM
One more law, no lawyers in DC or the state capitals. I am convinced that lawyers are the biggest problem in America. I would rather be tried before a jury of my PEERS, not some welfare queen, without laws and let common sense decide my fate.

Over the past few decades, America has locked up more and more people. Our prison population has tripled. Now we jail a higher percentage of people than even the most repressive countries: China locks up 121 out of every 100,000 people; Russia 511. In America? 730.

"Never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little," The Economist says.

Yet we keep adding more laws and longer jail terms.

Lavrentiy Beria, head of Joseph Stalin's secret police in the old Soviet Union, supposedly said, "Show me the man, and I'll show you the...