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The Tally Ho

Friday, July 30, 2004

Articles From Sam

Here are the two New York Times articles that Sam gave us yesterday. The first, I.R.S. Says American's Income Shrank for 2 Consecutive Years. David Cay Johnston writes:
The overall income Americans reported to the government shrank for two consecutive years after the Internet stock market bubble burst in 2000, the first time that has effectively happened since the modern tax system was introduced during World War II, newly disclosed information from the Internal Revenue Service shows.

The total adjusted gross income on tax returns fell 5.1 percent, to just over $6 trillion in 2002, the most recent year for which data is available, from $6.35 trillion in 2000. Because of population growth, average incomes declined even more, by 5.7 percent.

Adjusted for inflation, the income of all Americans fell 9.2 percent from 2000 to 2002, according to the new I.R.S. data.

Read the whole article. In the second article, As Cities Struggle, Police Get By With Less, Fox Butterfield writes in his article:
"We are having to discontinue many of the proactive strategies like community policing, which we developed in the 90's, and just go back to basics like sitting in patrol cars waiting for calls for service after a crime has been committed," he said.

Some police officials worry that the situation will worsen, if Mr. Bush succeeds in making further reductions in federal aid to the police, as proposed, in favor of contributions for domestic security.

"I think the cuts proposed by the White House for federal aid to police could be devastating to us," said Joe Polisar, the police chief in Garden Grove, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles in Orange County, who is also the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. "This is funding that helped us lower the crime rate and money we have come to rely on, and now the White House is proposing to cut it on top of our municipal budget cuts," Chief Polisar said.

Another issue about crime and society is that many of these reserves serving in Iraq are police and fire officers. So when Kerry has mentioned time and again about closing firehouses in New York and opening them in Iraq, it isn't just money. If Sam is who I think he is, he should just register and contribute to this blog.

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