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Poverty Causes Crime?

Roc1929 Wrote: Nov 19, 2014 9:29 AM
I don't know the latest statistic, but many years ago I read that the recidivism rate was 78%. That means that, theoretically, if every one who committed a crime were locked up forever you would get rid of 78% of crime. At some point, between then and now, sentencing became tougher and longer. As criminals age they tend to commit less crime. Keeping them in jail longer then tends to reduce the recidivism rate and therefore reduce crime.
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Poverty Causes Crime?

Roc1929 Wrote: Nov 18, 2014 9:22 AM
I believe that the dogma that poverty causes crime is rooted in, what I call, the Jean Valjean syndrome. The famous Victor Hugo novel about a man who stole a loaf of bread to feed his family and was hounded by the police even though he rose from poverty and became a model citizen. Whether that was true in 19th century France could be debated, but it is certainly not true in America today. Having grown up poor in the ‘30s and ‘40s I never saw the level of crime that exists today. In fact, crime was at its lowest level in history in the ‘50s. Truly poor people tend to be insecure and so afraid of being caught that they are less likely to commit crime. It is the high self esteem, morally corrupt person (as Mr. Prager says) like Bernie Madoff who commit the crime. In fact Good Times actor Jimmy Walker makes a pretty good argument that crime causes poverty.
NYU Professor: Why should there be marriage at all? Follow the link. http://youtu.be/e7ZIx73fBAs
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Meanwhile on the Streets of Ferguson...

Roc1929 Wrote: Nov 08, 2014 10:07 PM
Thanks!
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Meanwhile on the Streets of Ferguson...

Roc1929 Wrote: Nov 08, 2014 9:00 AM
I don't know what happened to the link that it opened at the end of the video. Try this. http://youtu.be/7hqYGHZCJwk
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Meanwhile on the Streets of Ferguson...

Roc1929 Wrote: Nov 08, 2014 8:55 AM
That's where we went wrong in WWII. We didn't ask the Axis to set the rules of engagement. But we corrected that mistake in Viet Nam. Go to link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hqYGHZCJwk#t=330
Sophistry has corrupted the teachings of the Bible. The Bible teaches us to care for the weak and the poor. It does not tell us to let Caesar do it. Governments do not create wealth. In the history of the world no government has ever produced wealth. Everything the government does consumes wealth even if it is important or necessary. Governments get wealth by confiscation (taxes) or conquest. We fall for the sophistry of redistribution while not realizing that the real redistribution is from the hard working producers to government officials while they build a constituency of dependents to which they trickle down some crumbs while they live high on the hog. Remember, the rich that Robin Hood took from were the ruling class. With something like a 90% incumbency rate, today’s ruling class sits in Washington. When you receive help from the government you feel entitled and look for more: When you receive help from a neighbor you feel gratitude and roll up your sleeves. That's why government charity becomes generational while private charity helps people become independent.
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The Left's Tactics -- a Personal Example

Roc1929 Wrote: Nov 04, 2014 11:49 AM
It's the old, "When did you stop beating your wife?" syndrome. You can't prove a negative so the left makes every false accusation that they can think of. Even though the charge is not representative of the group, they know that in every large group there are outliers that they can point to to make their point. It's a despicable tactic.
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Challenge: The Road to Bondage

Roc1929 Wrote: Oct 31, 2014 7:52 AM
Please folks! Stop leaving out the most important step in the sequence: From abundance to selfishness. I don't know when this got dropped off, but my copy of Fall of a Republic goes back 30 years. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency1 from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage. Doesn't anyone remember the "Me" generation?
Resentment turned to anger turned to hate, along with fear, has become a political weapon. Hate and fear are dynamic while their opposites, love and contentment, are passive. So if you want to build a constituency and mobilize people you need only give them something to hate or something to fear. Love and contentment will result in their sitting back and enjoying their good fortune. Because of this reality, Democrat politics has degenerated into the demonizing of opponents and scaring the public with issues for which no one has a viable solution. Then the demagogues can claim that they have the solution and that if you just throw out their evil opponents and give them control life will be wonderful. They claim that if they are in charge they will ensure social justice, end poverty, homelessness, hunger, illness, crime and war. Oh, I forgot, and they would also guarantee total freedom. Wouldn’t that be paradise? If only you would support them and put them in charge. This is how all the tyrants of the 20th century came to power, Lenin/Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro to name the most famous. This is the route the Democrats are taking to create a one party government.
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