Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Erecting Boondoggle Idols

Remember all the money, the *confiscatory* 10% tithe that went to beautify Papal Rome and those palatial cathedrals back in the day?

Well, these new *public* schools being erected today, amid some uproar, represent a historical analogue.

They are just monuments to the regnant power of Big Government.


Taylor Conant said...

Hey, that's your Holy Father you're bashing!

CaptiousNut said...

*Papal Rome* was centuries ago.

Justin Time said...

Interesting stuff. I assume there is also a Newton South that is going to be wanting a 200 million dollar building next? Will their ego allow them to make do with a 100 million dollar building after this?

And as we build these expensive monuments, technology is making them practically obsolete. (

Anonymous said...

Don't forget all the jails that are being built in this police state we call a country. They need to stick all the non violent drug offenders into these prisons because they are not using the over the counter and prescription drugs that big medicine and uncle sam tax/push down our throats...

CaptiousNut said...

Yeah, the libertarian types all talk about how many non-violent offenders (*pot smokers*) are in jail...

Personally, I'd like to see the numbers.

CaptiousNut said...


Thanks for that link. I hadn't seen that site.

Anonymous said...

In 2006, $68,747,203,000 was spent on corrections.[45] "The average annual operating cost per state inmate in 2001 was $22,650, or $62.05 per day; among facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, it was $22,632 per inmate, or $62.01 per day."[46] -wikipedia

US has no. 1 incarceration rate of 753 per 100,000. In second place, Poland at 224. US Department of Justice

Non violent prisoners make up 60% of the prison population while non violent drug offenders makes of 25%of the entire population. - US Department of justice

Nearly three quarters of new admissions to state prison were convicted of nonviolent crimes.

The number of incarcerated drug offenders has increased twelvefold since 1980. In 2000, 22 percent of those in federal and state prisons were convicted on drug charges. Wikipedia

See for yourself...

CaptiousNut said...

I would have to delve deeper into what they call a *non-violent* offender.

Is someone who just sells drugs considered non-violent?? Because I might take issue with that.

$68 billion doesn't seem like a lot of money to me. But I'm sure they could do the same job, better and cheaper with a few commonsense operating changes.

I still maintain that the *legalize drugs* bullet point is a loser, a Marginalizer for libertarians.

Personally, I know far more people (like my old landlord, Wall Streeters, et al) that SHOULD be in prison, than are!

I could be wrong about all this, but I don't have the time or the curiosity to fully research the matter.

Anonymous said...

A buddy of mine had his house broken into by a paid informant who took a plant and placed it on his long private driveway for the police to see. He could have pleaded out to lesser charge but decided to fight it and they subpoened the informant who is awol and the court will not issue an arrest warrant for him. The authorities are going to take his house and he is facing 7 yrs. All because he grows plants.