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Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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  1. BadBlood says:

    Is making a dent in these budget shortfalls? If not, then what’s the point? (We both know the point.)

    Political systems are Tragedies of the Commons.

    I wish there was an Intelligencia Party who could be trusted to make optimal decisions for society. Instead we have panderers to the least common denominator. Stupidity.

  2. Astin says:

    The war on drugs long since failed. Arresting the users helps nobody.

    But that’s not what its about anymore. I can’t speak for SC, but if you take a look at California, prison is a business and business is good. The police and prison workers unions are very powerful there, politically speaking. So they push for more money and more prisons to be “tough on crime”, but in reality the money is ill-spent. Providing excessive salaries, benefits, and pensions that get abused. Someone coldly looking to solve the problems could easily slash those budgets and redirect the money to more useful areas or tax cuts.

    But since politicians only care about one thing – getting re-elected – that’s not going to happen. Because any politician who doesn’t agree to dump more money instead of real solutions into the prison system will be portrayed as “soft” on crime.

  3. Special K says:

    Interesting, and I don’t disagree that drug users and small time dealers (those who sell enough to support their hobby/habit) shouldn’t be lumped in with violent criminals. I wonder what punishment would be used to replace prison. I wouldn’t oppose legalizing pot, but I don’t think we want open season on the harder drugs. House arrest would be a joke and only fines would become just a cost of business (or recreation).

    You discussed how much is spent on prisons and education. Where is the rest of the money going?

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