“Hi, everybody. Thirty years ago, there were 500,000 people behind bars in America. Today, there are 2.2 million. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. Every year, we spend $80 billion to keep people locked up.
Let’s halt right there. Right from the get-go, Obama twists and distorts. Much of the world simply kills their criminals and Obama has no idea about prisons and people held in captivity in third world nations. Secondly, could it be that people are in jail here because they commit more crimes and they get caught because we have a good and honest law enforcement system? And the amount we spend on prisons is due to unions and government overspending. Back to Obama…
Now, many of the folks in prison absolutely belong there – our streets are safer thanks to the brave police officers and dedicated prosecutors who put violent criminals behind bars. But over the last few decades, we’ve also locked up more non-violent offenders than ever before, for longer than ever before. That’s the real reason our prison population is so high.
Translation: just because people deal illegal drugs that lead to addiction, death and violent crimes, that doesn’t mean they are violent criminals. We need to put more convicted drug dealers back on the street to create havoc.
Ever since I was a Senator, I’ve talked about how, in too many cases, our criminal justice system is a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails. And we’ve taken steps to address it. We invested in our schools to give at-risk young people a better shot to succeed. I signed a bill reducing the 100 to 1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. I’ve commuted the sentences of dozens of people sentenced under old drug laws we now recognize were unfair. The Department of Justice has gotten ‘Smart on Crime,’ refocusing efforts on the worst offenders, and pursuing mandatory minimum sentences less frequently.
Translation: We spend more money than ever on schools that increasingly fail, with more union and government interference. Our successful kids need no help. We need to help the constant failures in society by giving them money and training they will never use and then put them on the street over and over after every conviction.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll travel the country to highlight some of the Americans who are doing their part to fix our criminal justice system. I’ll visit a community battling prescription drug and heroin abuse. I’ll speak with leaders from law enforcement who are determined to lower the crime rate and the incarceration rate, and with police chiefs who have dedicated their careers to keeping our streets and officers safe. I’ll meet with former prisoners who are earning their second chance.
Translation: At taxpayer expense, I will travel the country fundraising for myself and my Presidential Library. I will play golf. I will take lots of media time to spout my stuff. And I will visit jails to plea the plight of illegals and how criminals are doing well.
Mr. Obama is fleecing us once again. He does it so smoothly.