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  1. Larkin
    Larkin says:

    Some wag ALWAYS has to compare the cost of prison to the cost of education, as if one had anything to do with the other.

    Every kid in America is forced to go to school. Some finish and lead good lives. Others drop out and live poor lives. Some finish and become criminals anyway, and the last bunch drop out of school to get and early start on their criminal careers.

    Obviously, school isn’t the answer. And no, richer schools won’t be the answer, either. School systems have a near-federal ability to waste money and lay stupid rules on everything.

    Pat pointed out that a lot of countries have higher execution rates. I will point out that we have an astronomical rate of illegal “immigration,” coupled with an unconscionable rate of broken families. Correction: families that were never whole, because Uncle Sugar supplanted fathers. We are like a cheap set of beads with the string broken. All over everywhere and no use to anybody.

    Here is where somebody’s going to accuse me of wanting to go back to the fifties. Untrue. But there are aspects of that time period that would be worth reviving. A code of right and wrong, personal responsibility, self-control, idealism over materialism. Little ideas like those.

    Honestly, I don’t think you’d want to go to jail in Texas. I hear it’s bad.

    Interesting batch of statistics, Lee. Can’t stop thinking: Lies, damned lies, and statistics. Thanks for the post.

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