Gradually we progress

January 12, 2011 at 2:04 am Leave a comment

Gradually, conservatives adopt the progressive ideas.  It’s like getting into a bath real real slow.  Throwing non-violent drug users in the general population is not an effective method of rehabilitation nor an effective use of government spending. 

Newly-elected Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) announced Monday in his inaugural address that putting drug addicts and abusers in jail was placing an unsustainable financial and civic burden on his state.

For violent and repeat offenders, we will make you pay for your crimes. For other offenders who want to change their lives, we will provide the opportunity to do so with Day Reporting Centers, Drug, DUI and Mental Health Courts and expanded probation and treatment options. As a State, we cannot afford to have so many of our citizens waste their lives because of addictions. It is draining our State Treasury and depleting our workforce.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/nathan-deal-drug-addicts-jail_n_807016.html 

Next on the block for conservatives to move to the left: legal protection for gays in the workforce.  Oh wait – don’t ask don’t tell was just repealed this month.  Hmmm, I guess they moved left on that one, too.  Ok, then next after that – gay marriage. 

As for “It is draining our State Treasury and depleting our workforce.”  I’m sure they already know that outlawing abortion would put a giant strain on state Treasury funds (especially without universal health care).  If you’re protecting the baby, then you have to protect the baby and the mother.  And that means doctor visits, and specialists, and lab work, and prescriptions. It may mean drug counseling and rehab (because not many prospective adoptive parents want a baby who is addicted to drugs).  And after the baby, that means paperwork, detailed work on prospective adoptive parents current situation and background, more paperwork, foster care for those not chosen, oversight of foster homes, more employees, more paperwork.  And if you make it illegal, there’s resources to monitor the law and enforce it.  And then there’s public defenders and court costs for those who break it.  And there’s jail costs.  And if abortion is deemed murder, then there are long and expensive murder trials, and then there are prisoners to tend to and paperwork and oversight.  With universal healthcare, I think you could get abortion outlawed.  Without it…better be prepared for some tax increases.

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