Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
Every single one of the people shot and/or killed were shot after 11.45 PM. That is what they all have in common. Most were shot in the wee dark hours of the night and the last one was shot after 4 AM. What the hell is a 16 old doing hanging at 11.45 PM?
At 16 my daddy would have kicked my butt and the butts of everyone in the vicinity if he'd found my 16 year old ass hanging out at 11.45 PM. Sure I was able to on a few occasions, but only with special permission, otherwise I had to be home by 11.00 PM.
Here's a Risky Suggestion for Chicago:
Curfew for troubled parts of town. There's no question that certain parts of the 2nd City (children and adults) are in need serious adult supervision. Start by curfewing minors, follow by doing the same with paroled felons, those out on bail, people from other neighborhoods, people convicted of drug violations. Keep them off the street. Bars and lounges in the troubled areas close at midnight.
Police should target known previous offenders their associates and people who fit offender profiles. Yes, profiles. As a cop you'd probably be wasting a great deal of your time targeting a little grandmother in a wheelchair coming home from church at 6.30 PM on Wednesday night, no? Screw a bunch of political correctness. Get real and make the neighborhoods safe. Those people bloody well know who the offenders are.
Make parents responsible. If they are unable to control their kid, the kid is removed from the home and the parent loses whatever government benefits are connected to the child.
Last edited by Risky Thicket; 06-16-13 at 03:51 PM.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
Now gangs are another issue, and as old as violence. But like poverty, gangs and violence are not a one answer solution type of problem. People would have to make fundamental changes in their nature to make any real dent in those problems. I don't see that happening. But if you want to really help, working poverty and get in trenches with those living there. Show as many as possible a better way. Show what is not viewable buy those in the fight. What we can't see, we won't try.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.