Thursday, September 10, 2020

Abbott's "Back the Blue" Initiative...can't hurt

"To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:"
Ecclesiastes 3:1

UPDATE: Apparently, the Democrats response is this.  LOL.  Basic pattern over the last year holds.

Sure, why not:
Gov. Greg Abbott made his latest political move to fight efforts to cut police funding Wednesday, calling on all Texas candidates in the November election to sign a pledge “backing the blue.”

“Some cities in Texas want to defund and dismantle police departments in our state,” the Republican governor said in a YouTube video promoting his pledge. “This reckless action invites crime into our communities and threatens the safety of all Texans including our law enforcement officers and their families.”

This summer, as unrest and sometimes violent protests against police brutality and racial injustice rocked Texas and the nation, a revived movement for social justice called for the community and policymakers to rethink the role of police. Alongside proposed reforms to policing practices and accountability — like requiring officers to intervene in other officers’ bad actions — some have also sought to shift local funding away from policing and direct the funds toward other social services.
We're not really doing cartwheels over this.  Buuut...we can see a modest amount of good coming from it.   One and a half cheers.

PushJunction says it well:
This is a red meat issue that obviously polls well, or Abbott would not be pursuing it less than 54 days from the general election.
Of course it's political.  But so what?!?   Falling crime rates are the biggest public policy success of the past 25 years.   If the Democrats want to hand Abbott this opportunity, you can't blame him for taking it.

Bottom Line: Keep your expectations low, but there's no reason to not give it a shot.

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