What did we get from the Obama administration?
What are the new threats and the lessons of history?
Here’s a look at the big questions: 1.
Why did we need cops?
The first thing that comes to mind is that Obama, after promising a “broken windows” approach to policing, has turned the U, in fact, into a police state.
That is, the nation’s cops are being paid a fortune.
In some cases, the money is coming from taxpayers.
In others, it’s coming from private foundations and foundations that are largely owned by the police and are run by the cops themselves.
This money, which is now earmarked for major cities, is the product of years of failed policies.
The biggest of these policies was the failed War on Drugs, which ended up costing taxpayers $2 trillion.
(The cost of the war was $1.7 trillion.)
The second failed policy was the War on Terror.
The Obama administration also spent billions of dollars to train and equip local police forces and make them the “most militarized force on earth.”
And, as I noted in an earlier column, the War in Afghanistan has cost taxpayers more than $1 trillion and is likely to cost another $1-1.5 trillion in lost revenue.
It’s not just the war that’s costly.
The costs of the policies that have been implemented since the end of the Cold War have also been significant, not just in terms of their overall costs but also in terms on lives lost and the cost to the economy.
A 2010 study by the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think tank, found that since 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost Americans an average of $2,839,000 per day and $2.6 trillion per year.
One of the big lessons of all this is that policing has been a failure, and that our country can’t continue with a police force that is overwhelmingly composed of minorities.
So, in order to get cops, you have to make them minority, too.
But there’s no reason to believe that policing is going to change in this country.
The country is already racially divided, and the police force has been trained to divide and rule.
As I wrote in an article for The American Prospect this month, “When it comes to policing in America, it is not an issue of whether cops are good or bad; it is an issue that has to do with whether people of color are in a position to be heard and be counted.”
The War on Guns has made police and the nation safer.
In 2013, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., and a handful of other high-profile shootings, the Obama Administration and the Congress passed a series of gun control measures, most notably the assault weapons ban, which requires that anyone who buys a gun must also get a background check and undergo training.
In recent months, we have seen a rise in shootings, including in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood and the Colorado Springs neighborhood of Century City.
These incidents have sparked calls for gun control legislation, which will likely be reintroduced to the House of Representatives this year.
But the reality is that gun control will not reduce crime.
Instead, the more dangerous the gun, the less likely it is that people will use it.
A study by Harvard University’s Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) found that in 2015, more than 20,000 people were killed in homicides that were not linked to guns, but only 4,800 were killed with guns that were linked to homicides.
(There were 5,300 homicides in 2016 that were “connected to guns,” which is what led to the law requiring background checks.)
The ICRC also found that gun violence in the U-20 World Cup was not linked in any way to the ban on assault weapons and that only 13 percent of people who committed suicide in 2015 were murdered with a gun.
Even if we had laws banning assault weapons, gun violence is still far higher than what it was before the ban was passed.
In 2015, the FBI estimated that nearly 14,000 Americans died from gun violence.
In 2016, the Washington Post reported that the total number of people killed by guns in the United States was just over 6,000, making gun violence a national health emergency.
Our economy has become less safe.
There are two big lessons here: First, the policies of the Obama years have created a situation in which the American economy has lost ground in every major category, and it is in the hands of the police, who are increasingly able to get away with crimes that would have otherwise been caught.
The second is that it is a mistake to think that gun-control measures will somehow prevent crime.
The American people are smart enough to recognize that when they see cops killing and hurting, they will take away the guns that help keep us safe.