Wonder why crime rates are up and down so much? When there were many mental health clinics operating, people with serious emotional conditions could go to these clinics and get proper help to deal with them.
Then some very “bright” political figures decided that those clinics were not needed and “too costly” to maintain. So thousands of people were thrown out into society with no means of dealing with their internal demons. The halfway houses were closed, medicine was stopped and they were left to fend for themselves.
Now add to that the returning troops suffering from PTSD. The Veterans Administration hospitals were overwhelmed and thousands of veterans receive little or no treatment. These people suffer from loss of help, they wander the streets because they are unable to keep a job or even handle the simplest daily functions. Some become desperate and turn to anything that they think will help: drugs, liquor etc. So they become a serious danger to themselves and others.
But of course President Obama and his bunch claim crime is down because of their actions. The country is in desperate need of restoring the clinics, houses to give those in need some comprehensive treatment.
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Jeffrey F. McDowell, Caldwell