Over at Delawareliberal cassandra has another post up about crime in Wilmington. cassandra and I have our differences, but she continues to do excellent fact-based blogging about the nature of the problem, the potential solutions, and the general ineptitude/malaise of the current governmental apparatus to solve the problem.
As cassandra knows and has blogged repeatedly, this ain't rocket science. There are a lot of evidence-proven strategies (like full-scale community policing with a constitutionally careful stop and frisk approach) that could make a dent, a serious dent, in crime and violence in Wilmington.
The problem is--in this one-party state--the Democrats don't care enough about reducing what amounts to urban terrorism in Wilmington to do anything about it.
Instead, last year, they supported a State budget that included millions to bail out casinos and tens of millions in corporate welfare rather than invest in either inner-city education or crime fighting.
In recent years they invested in buying the State Police a navy rather than putting more cops on the streets to keep Delawareans from getting shot on their porches.
They invested tens of millions (the exact figure is difficult to determine because it is hidden in other lines) in developing the Delaware Information Analysis Center, which takes plenty of pictures of your license plate as you drive around the state, but which has done absolutely nothing to apply modern intel-based policing methods to the city of Wilmington.
The simple fact is that you have to evaluated politicians by the way they vote rather than the rhetoric they spew. And the reality in Delaware is that in our General Assembly, where the Democratic Party holds strong majorities, and in our Executive Branch--which is completely Dem--the 140-odd shootings in Wilmington just aren't important enough to dent business as usual.
Indirectly, you could say that these legislators and bureaucrats are only reflective of the positions of those who elected them across the state, and since people in the suburbs and rural areas don't care, why should they?
That's the worst of cop-outs.
Speaking of cop-outs, I understand that the Delaware State Police has invested in new SUV patrol vehicles so that officers on Routes 1 and 95 will be able to better look down and catch talking/texting motorists. I think we're up to about 37 highway fatalities this year, and only a handful involved cell phones. But that tells me exactly where Democratic priorities are: texting while driving is dangerous and must be wiped out. People who live in Wilmington are expendable.
It's difficult to blame anybody else for this when you actually control all the branches of government.