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PRISONS: Fund DOC waste but not clinics for children?

Letter by Kevin Kittison, Tacoma on April 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm with 12 Comments »
April 28, 2011 1:00 pm

Re: “Bill to release prisoners, cut funding under fire” (TNT, 4-3).

The Associated Press reported that our state Legislature is considering a slight reduction of nonviolent prisoners’ sentences. The prison guard union – as expected – opposes this action. Additionally, the city of Walla Walla formed a “task force” to combat it.

Why such a desperate response? Because if our prison population is diminished, the Department of Corrections is at risk of losing the quarter billion dollars it has been quietly allotted to construct new units and a new prison, despite the fact that a receiving center already exists at Shelton and is nowhere near overcrowded or outdated. The proposed new center will cost taxpayers a cool $200 million.

It is frustrating beyond words to see an ordinarily credible news outlet echoing the fear-mongering propaganda churned out by the guard union, especially when repeating the ludicrous claim that Washington prisons are more volatile than ever. In reality, violence in our prisons is at its lowest level on record.

The article states that Sen. Adam Kline’s proposal will save the state a mere $6.5 million – a “tiny percentage of the deficit” indeed. Meanwhile, health care clinics serving poor children are being shut down for want of $150,000 in annual funding. Is that a sensible distribution of taxpayer money?

Now go ask the guard union if it’s willing to forfeit any of its own funding so the children’s clinics can stay afloat.

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  1. Kevin,
    It is the Rcon / Tpot way. Slash and burn programs that aid the poor, working, and middle classes, and divert the savings to the rich and big business.

  2. “Now go ask the guard union if it’s willing to forfeit any of its own funding so the children’s clinics can stay afloat.”

    Maybe the taxpayers should properly fund the services they want. Why should it be up to the employees to forfeit their wages to fund your particular pet project?

  3. Xring didn’t get the news. The Democrats are in charge of both houses in Olympia. This is Dims fault from start to whenever they get finished. Nothing like watching the “D”s eat their young. Maybe they should have paid attention and saved some money instead of spending every nickel collected.

  4. Kevin – I have a relative working at a corrections center. Maybe you could spend a few days at work with him and see how comfy their jobs are……

    Or you could just go back a few weeks in the media and remember the woman that was killed in Monroe.

    Meanwhile other programs get axed because we can’t get a tax bill passed without the minority’s consent, due to the Eyman bill.

    Then you have this ignorance –
    “camas says:
    April 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    Xring didn’t get the news. The Democrats are in charge of both houses in Olympia.”

    Being the majority is no longer being in charge. Eyman’s bill gave the power to the GOP regardless of their status as majority or minority.

  5. GHTaxPayer says:

    The Demo-rats have painted themselves in a corner by refusing to spend less than what they take in, and by promising the moon and stars to any union that bribes them. It’s refreshing to see them FINALLY being forced to doing the RIGHT thing in cutting bloated union wages and pensions.

    As far as the children’s clinics – I thought Obamacare would provide free healthcare, free mortgage payments, free cars and free money to anybody that stuck their hand out ? Oh wait – all those freebies are only for union members that pledge their souls to the anointed one !!

  6. It is stunning, still, at the lack of education and thinking skills in the typical gopcult member. All they can do is blame Democrats. That is the extent of their cognition. This learned ignorance the gopcult rank and file embrace only highlights how sociopathic and dangerous republican ideology is to America.

  7. harleyrider1 says:

    I have no problem with Kevin’s point of view EXCEPT…

    He wants to impose it on us, but he alone will not invite these animals into his home to live with him. he will not move heaven and earth to get them into his neighborhood.

    It’s always this way with people like Kevin. They demand that something happen that impacts everyone else – but not them. You don’t see people like Kevin clamoring for early release housing in their neighborhood. You don’t see the environmentalists walking with their family to vacation out of state or walking to work – but hey, no more drilling, no SUV’s.

    Kevin you are a phony. Practice what you preach – then come back and lead by example. Idiot. Meanwhile, the rest of us will keep your family and friends safe while you spew cutting back on funding our prisons.

  8. GHTaxPayer says:

    Dear Sue1234 – Why shouldn’t the Demo-rats receive ALL OF THE BLAME ??

    The Demo-rats have held control of both house and senate, as well as the Governor’s office for 10+ years !!!!

    When the GOP last held any majorities, we left a BUDGET SURPLUS !

    Gregoire and the Dems have driven us over a cliff and put us in a $6 BILLION dollar hole !!

    Can your “cognition” and “cult” grasp that ?? That your party is 100% to blame for these problems in our state ???????

  9. alindasue says:

    GHTaxPayer said, “The Demo-rats have painted themselves in a corner by refusing to spend less than what they take in…”

    This is a problem? On one hand you guys complain about the deficit growing and on the other hand you complain when they want to spend within their means. Make up your minds. Which way do you want it? You can’t have it both ways.

    “As far as the children’s clinics – I thought Obamacare would provide free healthcare, free mortgage payments, free cars and free money to anybody that stuck their hand out ? ”

    The idea behind “Obamacare” as you call it, is not to provide “free” anything, but to make affordable health care coverage available to those who for the many various reasons cannot get health care coverage now.

    harleyrider1 said, “It’s always this way with people like Kevin. They demand that something happen that impacts everyone else – but not them. You don’t see people like Kevin clamoring for early release housing in their neighborhood.”

    I don’t know about Kevin, but we have several of the half-way houses nearby where I live. The interesting thing is that, aside from the signs on the door I noticed while walking past them, there’s really much noticeable difference between those houses and any of the other converted-house apartments in the area. I wouldn’t mind a couple more in the area if needed.

    “You don’t see the environmentalists walking with their family to vacation out of state or walking to work – but hey, no more drilling, no SUV’s.”

    I may not believe in political parties or stick to strictly liberal or conservative ideals, but I will admit to being a certifiable tree hugger. So, from that point of view, I will respond.

    For out-of-state vacations or commuting to work outside walking/biking distance, we “environmentalists” like to use mass transportation or car-pooling as much as possible. Try it sometime. It’s not only better for the environment, but it makes for a much more relaxing trip.

    I’ve yet to find one practicle reason for the average person to own an SUV. They don’t hold any more people than a mid-sized car and they have less cargo space than even a mini-van. They just look “sporty” and eat lots of gas.

  10. The prisons are used to control and supress the population, therefore they should never be cut, at least in the eyes of the far right.

  11. “Why shouldn’t the Demo-rats receive ALL OF THE BLAME ??”

    Because they are forced to work within the means that idiots placed on them by voting for and supporting the fraud and crook timmy imen, thats why.

  12. sue1234 says:

    GHTaxPayer your posts are that of a middleschool child. Clearly you have one cogntive strategy and one only, blame the liberals. Your need to blame liberals and eschew any responsibility from the republicans only highlights your culthood. The gop is most definately a cult and you prove it.

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