Semper, I respect your post.
It is ashame how citizens are "sue-happy".
But that's what you get when a society is raised on profits.
If all people think that money brings happiness....
...then people try any means possible to do so.
But I can't get away from how our judicial system is strictly for monetary gain now.
Everything is about making money.
Laws are not made so LEO's can enforce them to bring in profit.
They are made to keep people honest.
But so are locks, and you know how that saying goes.
It seems that LEO's are more about bringing money in, rather than penalizing people.
That's what I've seen in the past few decades.
Rather than enforce the law, to protect citizens, LEO's enforce the law to make quotas.
There should never be any type of quota.
Quota's are for businesses.
Policework is NOT a business.
You get paid just like every other service, from tax revenue.
So why are our states/cities going bankrupt?
There should be plenty of taxmoney to pay your salary.
Well since we are being sold downstream to China, there will be less tax revenue as time goes by.
If our gov't would use income tax to help, rather than to pay back the Fed or IMF, it would be a start.
But you won't see that. We got wars to fight.
Instead you will see an increase of the fines, court costs, etc...
Now....is that fair?
Corruption occurs everywhere from city council to fireman.
That's the nature of the greedy beast.
Can't argue there.
But again, why is the prison system treated like a business?
Because greedy people know they can make money there.
Same reason why so many people are jailed for non-violent crimes.
Specifically the marijuana crimes.
It has become all about the money.
Police used to get respect and they deserved it.
Some honestly still do.
But the rookies are a new breed.
I am friends with a deputy who is about my age.
He's about the only one I respect.
(that's because he knows the laws and people's rights)