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On June 30th New York’s city council voted to cut nearly $484 million from the NYPD’s annual $6 billion budget and shift funding to other agencies as well as youth and social services programming.

According to a USA Today summary, “the changes will cancel a nearly 1,200-person police recruiting class set for next month (though another class in October is scheduled to go forward), curtail overtime spending and shift school safety, crossing guards and homeless outreach away from the NYPD.” (emphasis mine)

Locations where the New York City Police Department has embedded officers. (N.Y. Times)

On cue, the addled mayor released a statement saying in part, “This budget prioritizes our communities most in need while keeping New Yorkers safe.” About as safe as a COVID-era New York nursing home.

The cognitive dissonance of reducing cops in a big city struggling with increased violent crime, a pandemic, and increasingly desperate residents challenges the senses. But set aside for a moment these until recently obvious observations. There is another consideration completely absent from any of this childish talk of defunding the police.

The NYPD operates one of the world’s foremost intelligence bureaus whose primary purpose is to detect and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity in the city and beyond. Its role came immediately to mind when I heard of the council’s vote.

Two summers ago I sat at a professional symposium, riveted listening to one of NYPD’s foreign liaison officers present an unclassified overview of a particular program the intel bureau maintains with law enforcement entities worldwide. They actively thwart plots and track criminals. At any given time the bureau posts more than a dozen exchange officers to make intelligence analysis sharing work effectively. It carries on similar agreements with state and federal agencies.

I have not read whether or how much the intel bureau’s resources are to be diminished. But I contemplate the coming blow to the yeoman’s work the NYPD intelligence bureau does on behalf of public safety. Safety indeed Mr. Mayor.

I feel a dystopian novel’s dread as I witness unthinkable events repeatedly crashing through the Overton Window into reality. New York is headed for trouble. Its historical, cultural, and economic role in our nation means we all, to different extents, are too.

I am interested in other consequences, unintended or otherwise, that members have seen in the rush to defund the police. What are you seeing and anticipating out there?

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  1. Jon1979 Lincoln

    The disaster that is Bill de Blaiso will outlast Bill de Blasio, just as the sins of John Lindsay extended past his watch and hit home less than halfway through the term of his successor, Abe Beame — who, as NYC Comptroller in Lindsay’s second term shared some of the blame for the financial collapse and descent in the 1970s hellhole the city became, due to near bankruptcy and the budget cuts, including to the police, that followed.

    Even then, the city’s progressive voters still partially bought into the idea that Washington was responsible for New York’s problems, blaming Gerald Ford for not giving the city free bailout money. They did elect the most conservative Democrat in the field, Ed Koch, to replace Beame in ’77, but the voters weren’t ready for truly radical change for another 16 years, until Giuliani was put in office, and the murder rate was up to six per day (even right now, de Blasio’s only got the rate up in the past couple of months from a little over one to about 2 1/2 per day, if current trends continue).

    How much change city voters will demand is going to be the question for 2021, when de Blaiso goes into mandatory retirement. If Trump wins re-election in November, do city voters elect a mayor who’s a radical break from de Blasio and willing to do a series of 180 degree turns to fix the problem, or do they elect the candidate who campaigns the loudest against Trump and Washington being the cause of the city’s problems, and who plans to continue most of what de Blasio’s currently doing (where the mayor’s wife, who’s already accused of squandering/stashing a billion dollars on her pet social justice program, reportedly is looking at replacing her husband in City Hall). My guess is she doesn’t win, but voters still end up electing an Abe Beame-status quo style Democrat as mayor, and the rot continues.

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  2. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    From Kipling, The Gods of the Copybook Headings:

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

    People don’t learn, because they die. It is very difficult to hand down wisdom. So, every generation or so, the same lessons have to be learned all over again.

    That’s what’s going on in New York, and elsewhere. Leftist foolishness made the city unlivable, so they finally turned to conservatives, who fixed it. Now crime is low, so the new crop of sophomoric Leftists think that the policies that solved the problem are too harsh, and end them. The problems will come back, and the cycle will start again.

    Kipling did not have some brilliant insight on this, though I think he expressed it well. The lesson is as old as the books of Judges and Kings.

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    • July 7, 2020, at 3:06 PM PDT
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  3. Flicker Coolidge

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    From Kipling, The Gods of the Copybook Headings:

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

    People don’t learn, because they die. It is very difficult to hand down wisdom. So, every generation or so, the same lessons have to be learned all over again.

    That’s what’s going on in New York, and elsewhere. Leftist foolishness made the city unlivable, so they finally turned to conservatives, who fixed it. Now crime is low, so the new crop of sophomoric Leftists think that the policies that solved the problem are too harsh, and end them. The problems will come back, and the cycle will start again.

    Kipling did not have some brilliant insight on this, though I think he expressed it well. The lesson is as old as the books of Judges and Kings.

    So then if people don’t learn and always cycle back to the same ignorant behavior, then this behavior is hard wired in.

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    • July 7, 2020, at 3:23 PM PDT
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  4. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    From Kipling, The Gods of the Copybook Headings:

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

    People don’t learn, because they die. It is very difficult to hand down wisdom. So, every generation or so, the same lessons have to be learned all over again.

    That’s what’s going on in New York, and elsewhere. Leftist foolishness made the city unlivable, so they finally turned to conservatives, who fixed it. Now crime is low, so the new crop of sophomoric Leftists think that the policies that solved the problem are too harsh, and end them. The problems will come back, and the cycle will start again.

    Kipling did not have some brilliant insight on this, though I think he expressed it well. The lesson is as old as the books of Judges and Kings.

    The main difference between now and the 1966-93 period is the progressives were claiming the problems were systemic to modern society and nothing could be done to fix them. Giullani fixed them, and so de Blasio and his allies also have spent the past few years changing laws to make sure no future Giuliani can use the same tools to fix NYC.

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  5. Terry Mott Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    People don’t learn, because they die. It is very difficult to hand down wisdom. So, every generation or so, the same lessons have to be learned all over again.

    It’s doubly hard to hand down wisdom in a culture that deifies youth. When was the last time you saw a politician called “wise,” other than Sotomayor, the “wise latina”? I don’t remember even Ronald Reagan being given that compliment, though wise he definitely was.

    If wisdom is denigrated, it will be forgotten.

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    • July 7, 2020, at 3:59 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member

    Interesting information.

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    • July 7, 2020, at 4:00 PM PDT
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  7. Flicker Coolidge

    Terry Mott (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    People don’t learn, because they die. It is very difficult to hand down wisdom. So, every generation or so, the same lessons have to be learned all over again.

    It’s doubly hard to hand down wisdom in a culture that deifies youth. When was the last time you saw a politician called “wise,” other than Sotomayor, the “wise latina”? I don’t remember even Ronald Reagan being given that compliment, though wise he definitely was.

    If wisdom is denigrated, it will be forgotten.

    Well then, “wise” really is the opposite tag-name of “woke”.

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    • July 7, 2020, at 4:10 PM PDT
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  8. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Defund means defund. They need to shutdown the police force entirely. Save the money and return it as reduced taxes.
    I suspect what is actually happening is a giant Democrat fundraising effort. With money going to high graft programs and taxes in the future will be raised to bring police back.

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    • July 7, 2020, at 10:18 PM PDT
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  9. Stad Thatcher

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    Defund means defund. They need to shutdown the police force entirely. Save the money and return it as reduced taxes.

    It would be cheaper to eliminate the police and buy every citizen a gun . . .

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    • July 8, 2020, at 5:18 AM PDT
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  10. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Stad (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    Defund means defund. They need to shutdown the police force entirely. Save the money and return it as reduced taxes.

    It would be cheaper to eliminate the police and buy every citizen a gun . . .

    Well if the cops are being stood down and returning to the coffee shops then I want my gun.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 5:28 AM PDT
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  11. kedavis Member

    Terry Mott (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    People don’t learn, because they die. It is very difficult to hand down wisdom. So, every generation or so, the same lessons have to be learned all over again.

    It’s doubly hard to hand down wisdom in a culture that deifies youth. When was the last time you saw a politician called “wise,” other than Sotomayor, the “wise latina”? I don’t remember even Ronald Reagan being given that compliment, though wise he definitely was.

    If wisdom is denigrated, it will be forgotten.

    That’s a trick question, right?

    How many politicians have ever really been wise?

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    • July 9, 2020, at 6:10 PM PDT
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  12. kedavis Member

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    Defund means defund. They need to shutdown the police force entirely. Save the money and return it as reduced taxes.

    It would be cheaper to eliminate the police and buy every citizen a gun . . .

    Well if the cops are being stood down and returning to the coffee shops then I want my gun.

    The cops won’t be able to afford the coffee shops if they’re not employed.

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  13. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    Defund means defund. They need to shutdown the police force entirely. Save the money and return it as reduced taxes.

    It would be cheaper to eliminate the police and buy every citizen a gun . . .

    Well if the cops are being stood down and returning to the coffee shops then I want my gun.

    The cops won’t be able to afford the coffee shops if they’re not employed.

    Especially if they are buying liberal coffee

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  14. Buckpasser Member
    Buckpasser Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    You might learn from your own mistakes, but rarely will you learn from someone else’s mistakes.

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  15. Terry Mott Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Terry Mott (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    People don’t learn, because they die. It is very difficult to hand down wisdom. So, every generation or so, the same lessons have to be learned all over again.

    It’s doubly hard to hand down wisdom in a culture that deifies youth. When was the last time you saw a politician called “wise,” other than Sotomayor, the “wise latina”? I don’t remember even Ronald Reagan being given that compliment, though wise he definitely was.

    If wisdom is denigrated, it will be forgotten.

    That’s a trick question, right?

    How many politicians have ever really been wise?

    True that.

    My point is that in a culture that respects wisdom, politicians and their supporters would be claiming to be wise at every opportunity. Instead, we get “compassionate conservatism”, “kinder, gentler nation”, “I feel your pain”, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”, etc.

    Now that I think about it, maybe we deify emotion more than youth.

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  16. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    You might learn from your own mistakes, but rarely will you learn from someone else’s mistakes.

    Bismarck disagreed. Some will learn from others’ mistakes. The pain is less.

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  17. I Walton Member

    We don’t learn for this kind of insanity. It grows because the issues in question get worse so they always require still more effort from those who have shown such concern. It’s why civilizations crash and don’t come back. 

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    • July 10, 2020, at 10:29 AM PDT
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  18. Suspira Member

    HerrForce1: “This budget prioritizes our communities most in need while keeping New Yorkers safe.”

    The needs of the terrorist community have been ignored too long.

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    • July 10, 2020, at 10:40 AM PDT
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  19. Steve C. Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    From Kipling, The Gods of the Copybook Headings:

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

    People don’t learn, because they die. It is very difficult to hand down wisdom. So, every generation or so, the same lessons have to be learned all over again.

    That’s what’s going on in New York, and elsewhere. Leftist foolishness made the city unlivable, so they finally turned to conservatives, who fixed it. Now crime is low, so the new crop of sophomoric Leftists think that the policies that solved the problem are too harsh, and end them. The problems will come back, and the cycle will start again.

    Kipling did not have some brilliant insight on this, though I think he expressed it well. The lesson is as old as the books of Judges and Kings.

    I would hardly label Giuliani as a conservative. More like the most right wing Centrist person who was electable. 

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  20. Arahant Member

    I Walton (View Comment):

    We don’t learn for this kind of insanity. It grows because the issues in question get worse so they always require still more effort from those who have shown such concern. It’s why civilizations crash and don’t come back.

    Shifting the burden to the intervener.

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    • July 10, 2020, at 1:24 PM PDT
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  21. Henry Castaigne Member

    City Journal has a great podcast about this. 

    https://www.city-journal.org/gun-violence-policing

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    • July 10, 2020, at 2:25 PM PDT
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