The FBI has released crime statistics for 2009, but you won’t hear about them from Jan Brewer, John McCain or supporters of SB1070. The overall
rate of violent crime in Arizona declined 14%, with murder type crimes
falling a whopping 22%. These are the kind of numbers that office
holders used to trumpet on their campaign stump, but 2010 is no ordinary
election year. Today’s right wing catch-word is fear.
Good news of any kind is “off message” for Republicans, and not a few
Democrats as well. Conservatives want to talk about how bad things are
in this country, as if they had not held power recently and bear no
responsibility for creating the current circumstances. The issue of
immigration reform is a perfect example.
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