Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Texas Prosecutor Faces Justice - NYTimes.com

We have too many ambitious prosecutors in Texas who will convict anybody they can for crimes and hide crucial evidence that could exonerate them. It has happened again and again and again. These lying, obfuscating, obstructionists should themselves be put in prison. I think a good rule would be a year of incarceration for the DA's for every year they put away an innocent man or woman for.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Public-sector austerity in one graph - The Washington Post

"There is something historically different about this recession and its aftermath: in the past, local government employment has been almost recession-proof. This time it’s not. Going back as long as the data have been collected (1955), with the one exception of the 1981 recession, local government employment continued to grow almost every month regardless of what the economy threw at it. But since the latest recession began, local government employment has fallen by 3 percent, and is still falling. In the equivalent period following the 1990 and 2001 recessions, local government employment grew 7.7 and 5.2 percent. Even following the 1981 recession, by this stage local government employment was up by 1.4 percent...

Without this hidden austerity program, the economy would look very different. If state and local governments had followed the pattern of the previous two recessions, they would have added 1.4 million to 1.9 million jobs and overall unemployment would be 7.0 to 7.3 percent instead of 8.2 percent."
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