Most conservatives have found little to like in President Biden’s agenda. But now, Biden is encouraging cities and states to use their federal COVID-relief funds to buttress policing and public safety. This is the right move — no matter what one thinks of the COVID-relief bill itself, about Biden’s broader goals, or even about Biden’s political motivations in making this push.
The country confronts a crisis in public safety. Murders and shootings have soared over the past year, and police departments have increasingly failed to solve homicide cases for the past several decades. These crimes do immense harm to victims and their families. They are also strongly concentrated in poor and minority neighborhoods, causing economic damage in the short-term while dampening kids’ later chances of a better life.
Robert VerBruggen is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
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