Belaboring the Obvious

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just wrong, on so many levels....

Hardin, Montana, has a jail that it wants to be the place to house Guantanamo detainees.

Hey, that's just Chamber of Commerce boosterism.

But, this small town of only 4,300 borrowed $27 million to build a prison on spec? It's been sitting empty for two years. Did Hardin also borrow all of Wasilla's cast-off city council members for its own government? What genius thought up that one?

Some expert at rocket surgery thought, "crime's a growth industry and we can get in on the ground floor, yeah, that's it, that's the ticket." It's more likely that some local huckster figured out a way to make a killing on an empty piece of land and just planted a few seeds in the local rocket surgery expert--that's just the way small towns work.

But, c'mon, didn't the city fathers and mothers of Hardin look around Montana and think to themselves, "hmm, maybe there really aren't enough black people in Montana to railroad into our new prison on petty drug charges? Maybe, instead, we need to put some money into our educational system if the best job our residents can manage is working as a prison guard?"



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