Yesterday's mayoral news conference announcing the shuttering of Marty's scam-eras and the parking of the scam-vans was an obvious and ham-fisted attempt by the ex-senatorial candidate to put pressure on Big Bill; that we know. But the news conference also featured a few statements that bear further examination.
The first and most obvious statement is the assertion that "violators pa[y] for everything (KOB.com)." Damn straight, and they paid for $6 MILLION in "excess revenue" to boot; profit that the mayor has already admitted to using to balance the city budget. We've got news for the mayor, law enforcement should never be about turning a profit; when it is the innocent are convicted, due process is non-existent, and those running the scam are the only ones who truly profit.
Along with gambling and prostitution, organized crime ran a similar scheme where individuals and businesses paid crime bosses for "protection." Arguably the system worked for the most part as your everyday thugs and thieves were kept at bay by the more brutal organized crime boss. It was called protection money and it's an example of what "law enforcement" will become if allowed to let money determine what laws are or are not enforced.
What's apparent in the mayor's news conference is that our "safety" is obviously not worth the $1.3 to $1.4 MILLION that Chavez claims the program costs. We don't know the amount that the state would be supplying to the city to continue to run the scam, but Senator William Pane successfully amended the original bill that would have taken all of the scam-era booty to include a provision to pay for the program (ABQ Journal - Subscription). Wouldn't that allotment at least pay for part of Marty's claimed operation costs?
The funnier part of Marty's act was when he used a two pronged scare tactic, "if you're involved in a fender-bender something of that nature, expect it to take a little longer to respond particularly during school hours, because officers have been re-deployed to school zones." When is the last time you saw one of these scam-vans in a school zone?
We got word of one speeding up Comanche the other day (read it here). We also know about the 1306 citations issued erroneously in 3 hours on I-25 (read it here). What we don't see is the valiant vans out protecting the children as the Almighty Alcalde would have you believe.
What's more important is that our Eyes claim that the Chief isn't planning to re-deploy anyone to school zones despite the mayoral assertions to the contrary. So, nothing has changed except that we don't have to worry about having to defend ourselves from a system that is designed to deprive us of a defense.
In the final analysis, we don't care why the scam has come to a halt; we just want it to stay that way. Yesterday's news conference was about fear through sophistry and attempting to put pressure on Big Bill.
We bet Marty's regretting his foolish misstep last month when he jumped the gun and stole Governor Richardson's thunder by announcing Fidelity Investments' decision to move to Mesa Del Sol (read it here). From the look on Bill's face when he was asked about signing the legislation, we're pretty sure he remembers the mayor's misstep.
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes