by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Teacher union-aligned Democrat Terry McAuliffe lost his bid to be governor of Virginia. Democrat Phil Murphy came within a few thousand votes of losing the governor’s seat in blue, blue New Jersey. Residents of Buffalo rejected the self-described socialist who ran for mayor after defeating the incumbent mayor in the Democratic primary. And in Minneapolis, voters said no thanks to a push to turn the police department into some sort of social justice/public health organization.
Progressives lost bigtime last week. But Locke’s Mitch Kokai and Andy Jackson say don’t count progressives out. WATCH:
Mitch hit on a good point. What do we do to ‘get at’ real problems? When it comes to policing issues, the answer isn’t to defund the police, it’s to invest in intensive community policing. Locke’s Jon Guze recommends:
(1) hire more police officers
(2) increase the pay for police officers
(3) arm police officers with state-of-the-art training, direction, and support
(4) deploy police officers as “peacekeepers” in communities that suffer most from crime and disorder.
The research shows that defunding the police is a loser in public policy terms. Now we know it’s also a loser in political terms.