There was a time in recent US history when today's discussion about money and the death penalty would not even have been thought of. The period after WWII up until the time of the Kennedy presidency was a period when America worked.
Why was that? Because Americans were willing to pay to have the government function properly. The highest marginal tax rate on income was 91% up until JFK. During that time American systems worked efficiently and well. Schools, universities, roads...all infrastructure, including the courts, worked because they were funded properly.
Now, thanks to Americans greediness, we have dropped tax rates to a point where the government is basically choked and struggling to function.
So when you hear death penalty proponents claim that it doesn't matter what a death penalty case costs - that we should pursue them all at full throttle, ask that proponent if he/she is willing to pony up for the money it costs to try these cases.
My guess is that the level of greed, selfishness and self-interest has grown so deeply into the American psyche that the answer is NO.
So, Americans will eventually shoot themselves in the foot. The government functions more poorly as time goes by even as the greed-head citizens demand more services, more programs, more death penalties, more prisons, more medical benefits...more - more - more.
At some point the country will go broke and all systems will shut down. Then we will see how happy the "Don't Tax Me" types are.
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