He’s been called Barack Obama‘s go-to guy as well as the effectual race ambassador for the Oval Office. Whatever unofficial tag has been bestowed to Al Sharpton by the legacy media, few argue that the New York City-based community organizer and MSNBC talk show host has recently been heavily leaned on by the White House to placate angered individuals believing they’ve been the victims of police brutality. During Sharpton’s latest foray into the riot-rocked city of Baltimore, the reverend without a church raised both eyebrows and hackles when he recently called for all LEOs (Law Enforcement Organizations) in the United States to come under the direct control of the federal government.
Within days of Sharpton’s controversial call it was reported by CNN on May 1, 2015, that the Department of Justice (DoJ) is set to pump $20 million worth of hard earned taxpayer dollars to 50 yet to be publicly unidentified law enforcement agencies throughout the nation for personal miniature video cameras, popularly known as “Body Cams”. Yet as conservative pundit Ed Morrissey opined on the conservative-leaning new media HotAir.com news portal also on May 1, 2015, the the move by the feds is “another step in the de facto nationalization of police forces under the aegis of the DoJ. Milwaukee’s Sheriff David Clarke warned about that earlier in the week, and this is another soft step in that direction.”
And Morrisey isn’t the only member of the Fourth Estate who finds the timing of the DoJ announcement to be curious, especially with the news release coming on the heels of Sharpton’s very public call. Many Libertarians and small government Republicans have consistently taken to various blogs to warn that whenever any state-level or lower government entity accepts funding from Washington, it’s inevitable that the same entity would “automatically become subject to regulations, restrictions, mandates, and oversight by the feds.”
In the meantime, the much ballyhooed $800 billion Obama stimulus of 2009 has quietly but very clearly told the citizenry exactly where the money has gone. The official website for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides links to every state, county, city, even zip code of how the ARRA has impacted any specific region in the country. The governmental website is capable of providing the breakdown down to the penny by every imaginable category how much the federal government took from taxpayers in any given state and gave to governmental entities of a totally different state, despite there being no to representation in the recipient states.
An example would be the $3,243,444 awarded to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Police Department specifically for the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) which pumps money “directly to law enforcement agencies to hire and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs, and to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.” The amount granted resulted in 12 hires for the FLPD for a period of 36 months. However, what wasn’t made clear was after the allotted time for the grant had reached the expiration date, the government entity in question would either have to fire the new hires, ask the federal government for more money, or raise taxes.