Don't look now, friends, but the Obama Administration has gone and let Joe Biden talk again, with typical results. This time, the Vice President wants you to believe that, if the President's Jobs Bill isn't passed, rapes and murders will increase. You read that right: the Jobs Bill will prevent rape and murder. Said the Vice President:
“In 2008, when Flint (MI) had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city,” Biden said, standing alongside city officials. “In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes — just to pick two categories — climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don’t rectify it.” (1)
There are just so very many holes in the Vice President's logic. For example, how many murders and rapists stop so their victim can call the police? How many rape and murder victims have warning so they CAN call the police? Seriously, simple logic tells you that "call the police" is really not something that practically can be done to prevent a rape or murder in progress. If and only if a police officer is nearby can that officer do pretty much anything. Aside from that, it's pretty much up to the victim to either avoid such situations and/or be prepared for self defense by carrying mace or exercising your constitutional right to bear arms and carrying a gun. For the record, I'm not blaming victims at all, I'm just saying that calling the police and waiting for them to arrive is just not a wise contingency plan. What the police do in such situations is pretty much in the area of prosecuting justice after the crime.
Yet Vice President Biden wants you to think; think about this for a second; that Obama's Jobs Bill will prevent rape and murder. (I for one can only believe Biden would be so brazen because I'm used to it.) Of course the inherent assumption of the claim is "Republicans don't want to pass this bill, ergo Republicans don't want to prevent rape and murder." It's a preposterous claim, of course. It's preposterous to assume that more police officers would mean that a calling the police in the process of being raped is going to get an officer on the scene immediately, or that it's even reasonable to consider calling the police a defense when being attacked, and then expect the police to arrive in a minute or two before the actual crime is perpetrated.
But hey, maybe Biden was just being foolish (it is Joe Biden after all) and speaking rashly. Surely he's retracted his statement by now, right? Nope, he's doubling down on his ridiculous claim! When he was pressed by a reporter, who, out of the blue, decided to actually be a journalist, to clarify his claim, Biden said,
"Murder will continue to rise. Rape will continue to rise. All crime will continue to rise." (2)
So not only is the Vice President making ridiculous claims, he's doubling down it it? Wow, just wow. If Biden genuinely believes this, he's even less intelligent than I thought. Having never been a rapist or a murder, I can't say with certainty, but I do not think the simple presence of additional police offers adds to the deterrent value against crime, because ultimately where police serve as a deterrent it is in the realm of expected punishment, not in actually stopping such crimes as they are happening, and certainly not by being called to the scene of the crime WHILE THE CRIME IS IN PROGRESS to stop it.
Biden's claim is preposterous. It's also exactly what I've learned to expect from liberals. Fortunately, I think the American public have smartened up on this baloney, and I believe these ad homonym attacks will simply end up hurting the Democratic Party cause. Good thing, too, because America can't take any more of Obama's "fix it some more, it's not broken enough" mentality!
(1) Daily Caller: Biden: Pass this bill, prevent murders and rapes
(2) Joe Biden Warns Again: Rape, Murder Will Rise Without Jobs Bill