When I was a teen, it was mandatory sentencing for a crime. It will make them stop and think before they do this. Nope, the crime rate is higher than it was when I was a kid. The only change is we have a bunch of people, mostly minorities in prison for offenses, like possession of marijuana, that are now legal, for years. Just keep one thing in mind, it costs a state about 300.00 a day to jail someone. YOU are the STATE. You are the one paying the 300.00 a day with your taxes that could be making a better school for your kids, fixing roads, putting more buses on the routes, planting more tree, expanding animal control, providing more arts and sports programs in school, building more free parks and the list goes on.
Extreme mandatory sentences did nothing but provide an easy income for people who don't need it and punish people who don't need punishing. So why isn't it repealed? It is easier to pass a law than get rid of it and that is why you have laws about where to graze your cattle in places that haven't seen a cow in a hundred years.
A law protecting children on the internet seemed like a good idea 3 years ago. Unfortunately, I now see my artist friends leaving the internet for fear of enormous fines they can't possibly pay if their work is reported. Yes, the government, our friend?, made it super easy to prosecute someone for these offenses. They made it so easy, anyone putting up a video can face a $30.000.00 fine in less than one millisecond even if their intended audience isn't under 18 and their subject matter really isn't adult, like DYI. The Government made it real easy to automate the process and in the process created a black and white rule with no shades of gray and no need for a human to review anything before you have pay. The justice machines are real.
The latest great law is on animal cruelty. It is heralded by the very people it is going to punish. Once again the original minimum sentence comes into play. Is there a week that small rescues do not reach the point due to their inability to say no to a suffering animal not violate these laws? PETA uses them all the time to close down small rescues over the condition of ONE out of 200 animals and prosecute the owners. Is there anyone naive enough to think the larger rescues won't use this law to get rid of their competition for donations, the smaller ones? Is there anyone stupid enough to think the government won't use this law to prosecute people that disagree with them politically? Come on folks, the small man gleefully signed this bill and the next day signed one legalizing using cyanide traps to kill animals and the next day another one allowing hunters to kill hibernating mother bears and cubs. This is the same man who populated the agencies charged with saving endangered animals with trophy hunters and YOU think he is protecting animals???? No, he is protecting money and there is big money in animal rescues. The animals see little help from the money you give to the large rescues but the small rescues will love you forever for a bag of cat food and the cats will get that food.
How about your beloved pet, sitting on your lap? Do you know if it has worms? Does it have ear mites well hidden in its ears? Is there a lone flea wandering the plains of its back waiting for the flea killer to kick in? Is your house pet proofed? Do you even know what that is? Well, you are guilty of animal cruelty, get a prison sentence and join the real sickos on a nationally available list. Guess what list you can't access due to a law signed early last month? That would be the list of convicted puppy mill owners and the locations of puppy mills. Guess who can sail through customs with endangered animal parts from their hunts in other countries? That would be the sons of the man who signed all these laws and a ton of others who just figured out a canned hunt is cheaper than the price they can get for a rhino horn or elephant tusk, all of which can now come into the country perfectly legally. In other words, they have now legalized harvesting endangered animals for parts under the guise of canned hunts. The animals don't even stand a chance, starved, abused and drugged so they can't escape their killers, I mean trophy hunters.
The small rescues don't stand a chance either as they lovingly tend animals others have thrown away, scrounge for medications and food and take that over their limit animal into their own bed to hold and reassure as it passes on that it is loved by someone. For that, they may join the person who had less than an ounce of pot on them at $300.00 a day that you are paying every time you buy gas, bread, beer, milk and a myriad of products you didn't even know had a tax built into their prices and of course the sales and property tax bills.
Someone published a statement yesterday that made sense. There is no Deep State. There is a bunch of bureaucrats getting kickbacks from Corporate America to take everyone's money and put it into the pockets of the already rich and overflowing. They are doing this because Corporate America convinced you the same bureaucrats were living the good life with their salaries and pensions just because they are union like many other professions. So now Corporate America pays the bureaucrats to screw you and bust the unions and guess what?? YOU ARE STILL PAYING THE SAME BILL.
Let me make this simple. You now pay in higher prices and jail sentences what you used to pay the bureaucrats in salary and benefits except Corporate America now takes a cut off the top so you are really paying more than before and no one is benefiting but a few rich people who have more money than they and their unborn great x10 grandkids could spend in their combined lifetimes if they starting buying things 24/7 right now. Result: YOU ARE SCREWED. The bureaucrats are screwed. The rich get richer.
Rule: Every time you think the people in charge are helping you screw your favorite group of people to hate, you get screwed right along with that group and the people in charge make a profit and give most of it to the rich people in charge of them. So you had better embrace the immigrant, they probably know where to buy cheap lubricant.