Our nation has truly lost its way in many regards. Culturally, politically and spiritually, America seems more adrift and lost than it has at any point in our nation’s short history.
One of the most-appalling illustrations of how lost we have become politically is the desire by many, many politicians and activists to reward criminality. Those who have come to our nation illegally is the most-visible example of this despicable concept.
Amnesty advocates constantly assert that it is our moral obligation to reward those who broke our laws to come to this nation illegally. None have ever been able to explain how this is fair not only to our citizens, but to those who struggle to navigate the immigration process to come to America legally.
Now, this breed of insanity has gone even further; the nation’s capital, a city awash in violence as anti-Second Amendment laws keep the law-abiding citizens disarmed for the convenience of criminals, has voted to offer a stipend to criminals who do not reoffend.
The D.C. City Council voted unanimously to approve a bill that includes a provision for a stipend to criminals if they do not commit crimes. The bill requires officials to each year pick 200 criminals who are considered “high-risk” repeat offenders- criminals who are likely to commit crimes again- and pay them a stipend to not commit crimes.
The bill requires these criminals to participate in behavioral therapy and other programs. A similar program occurs in California and though D.C.’s bill does not outline how much each criminal would be paid, criminals in California get around $9,000 per year.
$9,000- for not victimizing their fellow citizens. Meanwhile, the producers of society regularly get up, go to work, raise kids, pay taxes and get hammered with crippling taxation and regulations that fuel ridiculous government programs to fund programs like these that reward the “takers” of society at the expense of the “producers.”
Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, a Democrat and author of the legislation, cited the city’s rise in violent crime last year. The city saw a 54 percent increase last year in homicides.
McDuffie actually defended his proposal, saying that the cost “pales in comparison” to allowing someone be a victim of violent crime or the cost associated with imprisoning a repeat offender.
“I want to prevent violent crime — particularly gun violence — by addressing the root causes and creating opportunities for people, particularly those individuals who are at the highest risks of offending,” McDuffie said.
Of course, if he were truly interested in reducing gun violence, he would tirelessly crusade for the Second Amendment to be brought to the nation’s capital where receiving a concealed carry permit is virtually impossible whilst criminals disregard the city’s stringent anti-gun laws to freely commit their crimes.
This is easily the most-appalling government policy I have ever heard. Ever. It is quite literally the most-offensive and outrageously unethical policy I have ever seen in modern American politics.
The solution to crime simply cannot be to use taxpayer money to pay criminals to not offend. Aside from being a moral outrage, it can only have disastrous long-term consequences as it actually incentivizes the creation of criminals who can earn a paycheck by simply refraining from their criminality.
Further, what kind of message does this send? Plenty of good, honest, hardworking citizens of Washington, D.C. don’t commit crimes. But because they’re not lifelong scumbags, they don’t warrant “free” money? Worse yet, they’re expected to pay others for not robbing them?
It is robbery; it’s just government-approved.