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They'll Say Anything, Part Ten Zillion

The Brennan Center is a far left organization that occasionally tells us the truth, as it did in revealing the extent of the murder spike over the last two years:  "With violence at historic lows, modest increases in the murder rate may appear large in percentage terms. Similarly, murder rates in the 30 largest cities increased by 13.2 percent in 2015 and an estimated 14 percent in 2016."

Oh, OK. That would be that, in our 30 largest cities, murder has increased by more than a quarter in the last two years  --  the biggest spike over the shortest time in American history.

But the Brennan Center is undeterred.
In its release two days ago, a prescription for a "federal agenda to reduce mass incarceration," it holds forth:

  • While lawmakers should aspire to the bold changes to federal sentencing described above, Congress can start with a milder first step: reintroducing and passing the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015. This proposal would cautiously reduce prison sentences for some nonviolent crimes. A bipartisan group of senators, led by Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), have already committed to reintroducing the bill this session. The White House has expressed cautious support.
I have no clue what White House they're referring to.  Someone should tell them that the fellow who won the Presidency six months ago is a down-the-line tough on crime advocate.

There's a reason the Brennan Center never quotes or cites anyone in the White House as having supported, cautiously or otherwise, legislation that would cut breaks to smack pushers.  The reason is that there's no citation to give.

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