Oops! Former Guv Napolitano Wrongly Hyped "Impending Crime Wave" in 08
By Sarah Fenske
Monday, Aug. 3 2009 @ 12:43PM
Janet, Janet, Janet ...
We found ourselves sadly shaking our head while reading the
Governor Janet Napolitano, need we remind you, repeatedly insisted the state was not in a budget crisis -- suggesting as late as 2008 that we ought be giving free college tuition to any Arizona student who could muster a "B" average, even though in just a few short months things are bad enough to discuss selling the freakin' Capitol building. She also famously buried her head in the sand on Joe Arpaio, letting the sheriff get away with murder before realizing she'd helped to create a monster.
Tucked near the end of a fascinating Times piece about the nation's plunging murder rate, we were reminded that Napolitano was part of a team of Dem governors who predicted that just the opposite was bound to happen, only a year and a half ago.
According to a press release from
The exclamation points are ours. The overheated rhetoric, sadly, isn't.
Of course, as reporter Shaila Dewan points out in yesterday's Times' analysis, just the opposite is now happening all over the country. Crime rates, in fact, are plummeting.
As DeWan notes, regarding the governors' press conference:
Such appeals to Americans' fears, several criminologists said, is often linked to a political agenda fueled less by crime than by another variable that is famously unfazed by real-world predictors: public perception. Along with its report, The Third Way released a poll showing that by a 5-to-1 ratio, Americans believed crime was worse than it had been the year before. By year's end, though, the national crime data showed a decrease.
Indeed, the press release from
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