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Police militarization

Policy areas: 
Defense
Rick's thoughts: 

Yes, I was a police officer. No I was never a member of a big city police force. And no - Ferguson MO is not a big city - only 21,203 vs my home town of Maquoketa that had about 6,000. Not that different, except for one thing. Since I left the Maquoketa Police Department in 1974, law enforcement agencies (city police, sheriff's departments, state police) have become heavily militarized, from top to bottom.

What does militarized mean? Roughly this - they have acquired military technology, and they have acquired a military attitude.

Immigration

Policy areas: 
Personal liberty
Rick's thoughts: 

 

The United States has the worst immigration policy in the world.

Just one example. We bring foreign students to the US to get a PhD. And when they graduate we give them 90 days to get out of the country. Really.

Healthcare

Policy areas: 
Healthcare
Rick's thoughts: 

 

Let's get one thing straight. 

Everybody needs health care. Nobody needs health insurance.

They are not the same thing! Grrr ... can't believe the media can't get that straight ...

There is a lot of health care in the United States (maybe too much). And there is lots of health insurance (maybe not enough).

It's complicated.

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