Wash Post: Biden Makes “Absurd,” “Half-Baked” Claims on Police, Crime


The Washington Post says Vice President Biden has been making “absurd” claims that more people will be murdered or raped if the Obama administration's jobs bill is not passed. His argument is that in cities like Flint, Mi., the murder and rape rates have soared as the police force has been cut back for budgetary reasons. When challenged by a reporter from a conservative publication, Biden stood his ground and said without more money, “murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise.” As he put it, “Go look at the numbers.”

Murder did go up in Flint, though the rate did not double from 2009 to 2010, as Biden claimed. Rape has gone down. Biden asserted it had tripled. Concludes the Post: “The vice president should know better than to spout off half-baked facts in service of a dubious argument. Even if one believes there is a link between crime and the number of police—which is debatable and subject to many caveats—there is no excuse to make the dramatic claim that more people will die or be raped without additional funds for police.”

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