Kathy Shaidle

Attorney General calls spending on prisons "unsustainable"

Posted on August 6 2009 11:15 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Sean Hannity had some fun at Attorney General Eric Holder‘s expense last night. On a special segment of his FOX News program, Hannity ran a video clip of Holder addressing the American Bar Association.

On the tape, Holder told the ABA audience that, “spending on prisons continues to rise. This is unsustainable…”

Hannity said he found it amusing that Holder represented the very same administration addicted to “unsustainable spending” on “everything from dinky airports to crab trapping.”

Holder’s address touched on familiar liberal talking points — taking it as a given that society needs an “alternative” to prisons — without quite resorting to more radical rhetoric about the U.S. “prison-industrial complex.”

Holder’s boss, of course, has a “longstanding tradition of: (a) lamenting the alleged racial “disparities in criminal sentencing”; (b) asserting that blacks and whites “receive very different sentences … for the same crime”; and (c) complaining that “certain sentences … are based less on the kind of crime you commit than on what you look like and where you come from.” (Empirical data doesn’t support these familiar liberal talking points.)

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