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  • Unemployment Up, Crime Down

    Violent and property crime fell in America last year, the second full year of the current recession, according to new data from the FBI. Recently, the Associated Press ran a story on how criminologists are puzzled by declining crime rates during times of high unemployment.  Criminologists should not be surprised, … More

    Does FEMA Know Where Its Homeland Security Grants Are Spent?

    President Obama promised a federal government that is dedicated to greater openness and transparency. But does the Obama administration believe in openness and transparent government when it comes to homeland security grants managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)? Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Heritage Foundation … More

    Obama Stoops to Clinton Accounting Gimmick To Justify Stimulus Failure

    According to Amanda Carpenter at The Washington Times, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag decided to change the way the Obama administration counts the number of jobs saved or created under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, otherwise known as the economic stimulus package. Instead of determining whether … More

    Crime and Recession: More Clues

    Violent crime fell in America last year, the first full year of the recession, according to new data from the FBI. Auto theft and other property crime also was down despite the recession, although burglary was up. In general, the social science literature has indicated a correlation between unemployment rates … More

    Crime and Recession: Initial Clues

    With the recession officially beginning in December 2007, some speculated the economic downturn would result in increased crime, especially property crime. Yet, the Department of Justice’s just-released 2008 National Crime Victimization Survey shows violent and property crime did not increase last year. During the first full year of the recession, … More

    The End of Federalism: COPS in Columbus

    During his visit to Columbus, Ohio on March 6, 2009, President Obama touted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as the type of “bold action” that is necessary to stimulate the economy. $1.25 million in stimulus funding awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), according to President … More