So, apparently, police forces are facing budget cutbacks. The above screencap comes from an October 23, 2008 article (here: http://www.cnn.com/…index.html ) at CNN.com. It seems there are a lot of not directly-obvious dangers connected with this economic mess. Seems that while people aren't paying their mortgages, they're also not paying their taxes. Or maybe they're choosing one over the other? Regardless, police forces are facing budget cuts--but that's not what I'm worried about.



When I saw this article, I immediate remembered an AP.org article I had meant to blog on that was posted on CNN.com back on October 13. Check it out here: http://www.cnn.com/…index.html



It's all about how people are turning to violence to deal with their own economic woes.



Now, the AP article talks about people who have tried or succeeded in killing themselves and/or their family in attempts to avoid taking responsibility for their debts. Disturbing stuff.



But I'm concerned with how far people are from using violence on others to solve their economic problems. Combine this with a shortage of police and we're looking at a disturbing coincidence.



Now, I don't think we're at all close to "Road Warrior" stuff, but I don't think it's a bad thing to think about. How close do we want to get to hiring Mad Max as a policeman before we start talking about priorities in this mess?



Perhaps this is why our government believes we need an active duty army unit on American soil now--don't know what I'm talking about? Go here: http://thepete.com/…de-the-us/ and/or here: http://thepete.com/…-inside-us



I think I'm going to stock up on motorcycle jackets and those bats with nails through them--just in case!!
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