Meanwhile, corporate profits as percentage of GDP are at an all-time high. Think that’s just a coincidence?
The Article: The wrong people decide who goes to prison by Mark Bennett and Mark Osler in CNN.
The Text: Nearly 30 years ago, Congress embarked on a remarkable and ultimately tragic transformation of criminal law. Through the establishment of mandatory sentences and sentencing guidelines, discretion in sentencing was shifted from judges to prosecutors.
After the changes, prosecutors largely controlled sentencing because things like mandatory sentences and guideline ranges were determined by decisions they made.
This change ignored the fact that federal judges are chosen from the ranks of experienced members of the bar precisely because their long legal careers have shown the ability to exercise discretion.
A summary: 95% of SNAP funding goes to food. “Abuse” of the generous $1.49/meal per day stipend is at a historic low. In 40% of households receiving these benefits, at least one member is working. And no, they’re not spending your tax dollars on Franzia or Marlboros. But these are, of course, just facts. Their lack of spin makes them boring.
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The Article: The U.S. economy does better under Democratic presidents — is it just luck? by Brad Plumer in The Washington Post.
The Text: Since World War II, there’s been a strikingly consistent pattern in American politics: The economy does much better when a Democrat is in the White House.
More specifically, since 1947, the U.S. economy has grown at an average real rate of 4.35 percent under Democratic presidents and just 2.54 percent under Republicans: