My fascination with Crime
I have a feeling that the United States is on the verge of a major crime wave, one that will hark back to the mid-1980s.
The economic indicators are there. If one is lower-class and motivated, it just doesn't make sense to be working for $5.75 (the new minimum wage) to $9 an hour. Unless you're from Mexico, where that $5 translates into $20 for the family back home.
The gradual closing of education to many Americans is another source. It doesn't make much sense to get a college degree and teach for $20,000 a year. So the school system is getting worse.
Bridges are falling down. Money seems to be so tight. Getting health insurance is an absolute bitch. Likely, well over 50 million Americans have no health insurance. How quickly will that number reach 60 million?
With the burst of the housing market bubble, the US economy will be slowed down until the next hot sector opens up; who knows what that will be, or how soon it could come.
Our governments are being underfunded, and under George W. Bush, the federal bureaucracy is in bad shape. Political hacks are at the top of huge organizations like the General Services Administration, like Lorita Doan, Administrator, who failed to form complete sentences when asked about a political meeting where she said, "How can we use GSA to help our candidates win in the next election?"
That's simple corruption. Washington hasn't looked so bad in my lifetime, although I wasn't around for Watergate.
Well, the rich are getting richer. That's where the money is going. If one person makes $500 million operating a hedge fund, that means one person has that money instead of there being 16,667 people making $30,000 a year. And it's not possible to buy $500,000,000 worth of stuff. The money becomes capital to make more money, more money of which the little people will never see.
And I saw Rudy Giuliani complaining at a campaign stop about how high the US corporate tax rate is.
People are always talking about how great the "free market" is. Yet the free market lacks morality -- money has no inherent morality, of course. Given the economic situation today, the free market demands that more people turn to crime.
Sometimes I daydream about what a life of crime would be like. It would be exhilarating to be chased by the police in a car or on foot, and the same would be true to chase a criminal. Just a really exciting conflict.
Drugs, sex, violence.
But honestly, if we really believed in a "free market," the government would control all illegal drugs, and make them legal, and take that market capitalization away from the underground.
Sometimes guys come into GNC to buy Inositol powder, which is used to cut cocaine. Granted, I do not wish to live a life of crime of that sort, but why should someone merely transporting a substance be made a criminal? Why can't we take away the criminality involved, and command the illegal drugs market for the benefit of the general population?
Anyway, give me a Friedman Unit, and I'll bet you in the long-ass Presidential Campaign crime will become an issue.
What great crimes lie ahead?