9.09 Time to Deploy the National Guard in America?
Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, just hours after the County Commission slashed his office's budget by $4.1 million, has asked Gov. Bob Riley to either help pay his deputies' salaries or put National Guard troops on the streets to keep order.
In a letter to Riley this afternoon, Hale said his office "cannot provide the level of public safety that residents of Jefferson County deserve and expect with such draconian cuts in our budget."
"If state funding of deputies' salaries is not an option, then I must call upon you to activate the National Guard..." Hale wrote in the letter to Riley.
A circuit court judge this morning lifted a restraining order that was barring the county from cutting the sheriff's budget. The commission cut the sheriff's budget as part of across-the-board cuts meant to address the county's financial crisis. A judge earlier this year ruled the county's occupational tax, which provides about a quarter of the county's general fund revenue, to be illegal.
Bankers of insolvent taxpayer bailed out banks get billions in bonuses.....yet America can't bailout a city to provide safety for our citizens.....and Sherrif is demanding the National Guard?
Can you think of any other word but Prepare?