It's the politics of fear when it comes from the right; Biden, I guess, represents calm civility with his message that Republicans must raise taxes or people will be raped and killed. Here is the Vice President in Flint Michigan promoting the latest iteration of Stimulus Now, Stimulus Tomorrow, Stimulus Forever (Followed by Deficit Reduction, eventually):
"In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city," Biden said. "In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes--just to pick two categories--climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don't rectify it."
First, I hope the Veep has berated the FBI for their miserable data base management - per the Uniform Crime Reports and Crime in the US data base (Table 8 - 2008, 2010), the murder and rape figures for Flint were somewhat different:
Murder: 2008 FBI 32; Biden 35 2010 FBI: 53; Biden 65
Rape: 2008 FBI 103; Biden 91 2010 FBI: 92; Biden 229
Somebody better call 911 and alert the FBI to this 2010 crime wave in Flint. Apparently a huge number of rapes, not to mention a few murders, are being reported to the Vice President's office without making it into the Federal database.
Fox News was all over this on Oct. 12:
The rise in violent crimes like murder and rape, however, was not as drastic as Biden suggested, according to FBI statistics.
The FBI reported 32 cases of murder and non-negligent manslaughter and 103 cases of forcible rape in 2008. That's similar to what the Flint Police Department reported -- which were the exact numbers Biden cited Wednesday.
But the FBI reported the number of murders at 53 in 2010, with the number of forcible rapes actually dropping to 92. According to the FBI, the Flint "metropolitan statistical area" -- which includes the surrounding county as well as the city -- recorded 225 forcible rapes in 2010. However, that would also mark a decrease from the 239 recorded in the broader area in 2008.
A representative from Biden's office said the 229 number came from the Flint Police Department.
Menwhile, back in Flint the town mayor tried to prevent additional police and fire layoffs in 2011 by reducing their pay; the union was balky. So this stimulus is partly about saving good union jobs for the Democrats.
MAX NOSE: Genn Kessler of the WaPo gives Biden's claim Four Pinocchios.