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Dallas D.A. Announces Get Out Of Jail Free Card For Theft Up To $750

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Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot plans to no longer prosecute petty crimes.

Under the guise of trying to protect minorities, Creuzot wants the DA’s office to focus more on “serious crimes” in Dallas.

The Dallas Morning News Editorial Board pushed back against Creuzot’s plan. It claimed that it “has the potential to send the wrong message about our tolerance for any crime in this county.”

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The Editorial Board continued,  saying that Creuzot’s plan “may go too far in the other direction, particularly at a time when residents across this region are worried about increased crime in their neighborhoods, from package theft to car break-ins.”

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Creuzot declared that he will no longer prosecute theft of personal items worth less than $750 unless there was financial gain made from the theft.

The Board reminded Creuzot that “most poor people in this city are law-abiding citizens.” On top of that, “petty criminals escalate their activities to more serious offenses when enforcement is slack on more minor crimes.”

However, the Dallas Morning News was not alone in its criticism of Creuzot.

Governor Greg Abbott came out swinging stating that Creuzot’s policy “stokes crime by refusing to prosecute theft of personal items worth less than $750.”

Abbott recognizes the slippery slope, “If someone is hungry they can just steal some food. If cold, steal a coat. Where does it end? It’s wealth redistribution by theft. ”

Texas is at an interesting juncture in its politics.

Since the Beto O’Rourke campaign, urban centers have shifted more to the Left, as witnessed with Dallas County voters giving O’Rourke 66% of the vote. As a result, they are embracing policies such as lax law enforcement and economic redistributionism.

Some of this political culture is spilling over to suburban districts, where supposedly conservative politicians flinch at the proposition of policies like Constitutional Carry. With growing demographic shifts that favor more progressive policies, Texas could easily fall down the road of Florida, a swing state that could be susceptible to certain progressive policies such as gun control.

If Republicans want to keep their hold of Texas, they will have to pass good policies. If not, what we’re now seeing in Dallas County will become the norm.

 

 

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Billionaires Have Made Half a Trillion Dollars While Tens of Millions File for Unemployment

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As the number of Americans filing for unemployment approaches 40 million, America’s billionaires are cruising along without any worries.

According to a CNBC report, billionaire fortunes climbed by a total of $434 billion since the middle of March,

At the top of the list are Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, whose respective fortunes increased by $34.6 and $25 billion, according to the Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies’ Program for Inequality. Zerohedge noted that both organizations came to this conclusion “based on Forbes data for America’s over 600 billionaires collected between March 18 and May 19.”

Tyler Durden highlighted the following stats:

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Percentage-wise, Elon Musk’s wealth grew 48% to $36 billion, while Zuckerberg clocked in at 46%. Bezos’ wealth grew 31% to $147 billion. His ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, saw her wealth increase by roughly 33% to $48 billion. On average, American billionaires saw their net worth grow 15% during the two-month period from $2.948 trillion to $3.382 trillion.

 

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Bezos, Bill Gates, Zuckerberg, Buffett and Larry Ellison saw their wealth increase by a total of $76 billion.

“The surge in billionaire wealth during a global pandemic underscores the grotesque nature of unequal sacrifice,” declared Chuck Collins, director of the IPS Program on Inequality and co-author of the Billionaire Bonanza 2020 report. “While millions risk their lives and livelihoods as first responders and front line workers, these billionaires benefit from an economy and tax system that is wired to funnel wealth to the top.”

However, some billionaires haven’t benefited so much:

Still, the pandemic hasn’t been kind to other billionaires – whose yacht upgrades may need to wait. Those in travel and retail have taken a beating. Ralph Lauren saw his wealth drop by $100 million to $5.6 billion, while hotelier John Pritzker has seen a $34 million drop to $2.56 billion. We know, time to get a collection going.

 As Americans experience economic uncertainty, certain business giants are clearly benefiting.The country needs to re-open in a timely manner.Failure to do so will widen this economic gulf and catalyze social unrest.

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