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While money is behind a great deal of crime, Robert, the correlation between crime rate and economic prosperity has been debunked. While a commonly floated theory, this does not hold up to statistical scrutiny. Crime rates began dropping around 1990 and have been doing so ever since, irrespective of the state of the economy.

I promise you, you will likely find this interesting. I strongly suggest you check out the books "Freakonomics" and its sequel "Superfreakonomics", both by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

Some take issue with the claims presented within, although mostly on an emotional basis rather than a factual one. They take a scientific, statistics-based approach to dealing with many societal problems. It's a fascinating read, should you be willing to approach it with an open mind.

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Sugar:

Some may say it is profiling... And to them I say scientific method. To understand anything, you must first profile it, break it down to its base parts and then understand why does people of a race commit particular crime?

My uneducated guess would be that most crimes people are convicted of have to do with money.

People join gangs for the money, which buy the women and fast cars.

Domestic violence is often started by money problems, but neither side is willing to divorce, because both parties would end up on the street without the other. Being so unhappy, the average person turns to vice, or cheating. This waste more resources and thus arguments begin, and then end in violence for those unwilling or unable to divorce.

Insert my personal belief.

If everyone who worked, earned a living wage, the allure of crime to obtain a living, would drop. Why? Because the cost of crime rises when compared to the pride one gained from earning what they have.

Would a living wage for all jobs eliminate crime? No, but it would reduce it, and eliminate a reason for crime. Then with this change to society, you can further study the gangs and domestic violence for the next most common cause.

I believe this next most common cause is a lower level of education. It supports the lowered income, because without an education or usable trade, the individual is unable to obtain useful employment.

Now I ignore comments like working hard enough, or any length of time beyond 50 hours, because this prevents the parents from being involved in their childrens lives and I have no sympathy for parents who have more than two children.

To me, having involved parents is more important than making someone work harder or longer, because if someone must work beyond 50 hours just to make a honest living. They are teaching their children that life is about suffering and making someone else rich, not you or your family. Thus work beyond 50 hours a week teaches nothing of value to children and diminishes society as a whole.

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Then why do you support the party that blocks infrastructure spending at every turn? Even when the bill PAYS for itself, the republicans block it.

Why do you support those that do this?

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2saintly I'm 100% in agreement with you on foreign spending. This american tax dollars and should be spent on domestic projects. Not financing clinics in India.

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Sinners It needs to happen on a NATIONAL basis, lord knows it's desperately needed. Sioux Falls was just an example of what can be done. Also note that they only had 2 murders in 2012

I agree, and i would much rather see our tax dollars spent on infrastructure here, while providing jobs and training then see it spent in other countries where they will just blow it all up after we leave.

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Sinners It needs to happen on a NATIONAL basis, lord knows it's desperately needed.

Mark this comment; as soon as (IF) the republicans get a president elected, infrastructure will become the of the most dire emergency, worthy of as much deficit spending as they can cram down our throats, a la GW Bush....

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Ghost , Soux Falls SD is the perfect example of what you are talking about, they are dumping money in to infrastructure and are running a 3.4 % Unemployment rate

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Really sugar lips, you think I ruined this thread with intelligent discourse just because you disagree with it? I'm my opinion your snarky reply went much farther to piss on this thread than my comments...

Do you think I ruined it VA?

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You were right VA

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"guns are bought elsewhere where it's legal and then simply brought to Chicago, which at best supports nationwide gun control *could* help. However, it then means that gun control within Chicago itself is relatively useless, since the guns can easily be acquired - legally - outside of it, or illegally inside."

Amazing. You realize of course that progressives have been saying this for years.

Consider this too; the 'spirit of entrepreneurism' is alive and well in the country. If you cannot find a real job no matter how hard you look, would YOU turn to crime to feed yourself and your family? Of course you would!

During and after the Great Depression this same scenario reared it's ugly mug in most large cities. The CCC was formed to address two problems, millions of untrained and unemployed youth and building our infrastructure out.

Why then does congress dither on this very same issue today? Could it be to make certain that the black president fails. It makes ZERO sense to pass up historically low borrowing rates that could be well used to build out our infrastructure and catch back up with the rest of the world for simple partisan gain....

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