Against All Odds
Through out history it has been proven that where there is extreme poverty there is corruption in governments. Where there is corruption in governments there is only a perpetuating vicious cycle of economic depravation within that society. In recognizing this fact is a beginning to fuel the resources that are needed for solving man's afflictions that are the cause of the most acute crisis of the 21st century.
"War! The most malignant scourge of man." That was from General Douglas Mc Arthur. To this day we are sill at War, only with different antagonists. From Al Quida, to the Taliban and other insurgent organizations they continue their carnage upon humanity, and nature. There are other threats that can render populations defenseless in securing economic stability and national security. Global Famine is now a real eminent threat and continues to be a major catalyst for global aggression. Nationalities are continuously succumbing to more poverty and disease. This is due to the vast corruption in governments and failed policies that favor only a few. This also translates into a decline of a society where diminished economic opportunities not only persist but continue to escalate.
The United States has and is right now experiencing the sharpest decline of economic opportunities since the 1930's. Not only is our economic strength declining at "light speed" but our moral fiber as a nation has deteriorated so far over the span of 30 years this nation is on the verge of falling into a dark abyss from which we my never emerge.
Of all the industrialized nations it is the United States that has the most people incarcerated, more crime committed, and we are the only country with the highest murder rate. All of these factors has helped create the stark decline of our once economically strong society. The policies of the past 30 years in regards to crime and punishment has and continues to be "mass incarceration." With out the resources that are needed in our society to help prevent crime like a competent educational system and better financed social service agencies are only exasperating the criminal justice system.
There is a direct correlation between prison populations our governmental policies of the last 30 years and the rate of how extensively the number of people who are re gated into poverty has grown. This direct link indicates that the more people succumbing to poverty levels not seen since the 1930's our society with the continued disintegration of our morals has only accelerated the rising crime and incarceration rates. All of this translates into what the United States is experiencing, a continual cycle of economic decay.
Recent statistics indicate the the catastrophic waste of human life, the potential resources lost, and the amount of capital spent has quadrupled since the late 1970's. To put this in perspective, in 2009 there were over 21,000 murders alone in the United States that were reported. Which by the way, many are not reported or documented. Then there is the cost to taxpayers at roughly about $400 Billion per year. This nation cannot afford to continue to absorb the astronomical cost associated with the rising rate of our prison population.
The solutions to this enormous problem is going take a complete sift of policies not only in the way our judicial system is set up but an abrupt focus on why this nation continues to loose ground to other industrialized nations, like China, India and even Finland. A first line of defense is on our public school systems. Education Reform is paramount in teaching today's youth to better prepare them for their future. What has transpired in over 35 years in public education has only helped create the culture our youth are exposed to now. Compound that with the governmental policies of over 35 years has also contributed to the decline of economic opportunities that should have been available in the first place for our youth and young adults. We must remember that education, training, and knowledge is relevant only when there are opportunities available to apply ones education, training and knowledge. What we have here in the United States today is that the opportunities have all but evaporated which in turn only perpetuates a widening circle and cycle of a impoverished population.
To off set this continued rise in incarceration rates, [at a cost of over $30,000 per inmate per year] cut costs, expedite our judicial system, and increase tax revenue a more European concept in regards to legalization of certain drugs must be initiated. Applying solutions to achieving the William's Theory OF Economic Evolution along with restructuring our trade policies is another step in not only reducing our catastrophic trade deficit but will finally create the employment opportunities that are so desperately needed to curb this rising influx of our population into our criminal justice system.
Once this nation reduces our prison population, attain a 4% unemployment rate with those employed now receiving living wages, and substantially reduces our trade and national debts we will be able to secure the economic stability, reduce the corruption in governments and finally break way from this cycle of perpetual economic and social decay.