It bemuses me how politicians will only do what's convenient rather than what's supported by evidence.
I guess I should be surprised. Nor should the electorate when something stupid goes down.
take Canada for instance. Their crime rate has decreased around 15% in the past ten years. http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/07/20/14765636.html
The response from the newly elected Conservative government (think mini-republicans)?
Increase spending for new prisons. The prison budget increases 20%. As well, Canada being 10% the size of America population wise, they will go ahead and purchase new F35 fighter jets. Spending that is a low estimate of the actual cost. The cash could pay down about 15% of the Canadian debt........http://www.canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=7820
Talk about a problem with priorities.
Not that we're any better.