2010 January 30 Saturday
Schwarzenegger: Put Alien Criminals In Mexican Prisons

Arnie, still the governor of the fiscally deteriorating state of Calfornia, wants to outsource the imprisonment of illegal alien criminals to cheaper Mexican prisons.

We pay them to build a prison down in Mexico and then we have those undocumented immigrants be down there in a prison and with their prison guards and all this. It will halve the costs to build the prisons and halve the costs to run the prisons. That is money—again, a billion dollars right there—that can go into higher education.

His predecessor Gray Davis made a sweet deal with the union for California state prisons that made salaries and other labor costs for prison guards quite high. So California state prisons are expensive to operate.

This idea can be extended: Deport all the illegal aliens from California to Mexico so their kids can go to cheaper Mexican schools, they can use cheaper Mexican dentists, cheaper doctors, and cheaper police. Time to save money. California is a high cost state and no place for high school drop-outs from groups that continue to perform poorly in later generations.

Arnie is also making greater use of private prisons. He is trying to undo the damage caused by Gray Davis's big raises for the state prison union members.

Without a doubt, the state saves money by using private prisons. A recent state audit estimated that the cost of housing an inmate in private lock-up is between $3,200 and $7,800 less per year than in a state prison.

One reason is that private companies pay guards far less than the state pays prison officers, many of whom earn in excess of $100,000 with overtime and other bonuses. Therein lies perhaps the largest obstacle to any expansion of private prisons.

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association fiercely opposes private prisons, and regularly spends millions on state campaigns.

The union was particularly close to Schwarzenegger's predecessor, Gray Davis. Indeed, the union donated $251,000 to Davis on a single day in 2002, shortly after the Democratic governor signed a labor contract intended to give prison officers pay raises of 37 percent over five years.

Political systems accumulate parasites until crisis forces a cutting back. In California's case it is amazing just how bad the crisis has to get before various forms of parasitism get trimmed back. It isn't even clear that a reduction in parasitism will continue to happen. In the 2010 election the Democrats could win the governorship and gain seats in the legislature. If that happens the parasites will raise taxes.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 January 30 01:25 PM  Economics California


Comments
no i don't said at January 30, 2010 3:47 PM:

No doubt that the U.S. is the most democratic country in the world: it is the only place in the world where they would allow the same person to be a lousy actor and a lousy govenor.

By the way, thanks to many Mexicans and Latin Americans in general he was able to become a millionaire; he forgets how many Mexicans honored him as an actor by going to the theaters and paying to see the awful movies he was in.

Isn't Awnolt just amazing? How can one not love him?

I agree Randall, most politicians are parasites. In fact they are politicians because they don't know how to do anything else, but live off the budget. The world suffers from an acute case of parasite infection at this point in history.

Greetings

patriot said at January 30, 2010 7:39 PM:

Well said, Randall. I personally take the most extreme viewpoint about illegals - treat them as enemy combatants, because given their numbers they are no different from an invading army. It's unfathomable to me why we would be policing feckless and harmless populations halfway around the world when our homeland is being flooded with hostile foreigners.

Toadal said at January 31, 2010 11:31 AM:

Milton Friedman said, "You can't have free immigration and a welfare state." Also, we can't have a US quality universal healthcare system and free immigration. For American universal healthcare to be effective, the deportation of millions of illegals should take place, otherwise our healthcare becomes a subject of satire here and abroad and an obstacle in our effort to attract skilled legal immigrants. Today the vast majority of illegals compete directly with our most vulnerable white, black and Hispanic citizens, suppressing their wages and increasing their hardship.

If nothing is done, in the future they will be competing directly with *you* for healthcare.

PISA officials estimate over 50% of Mexican 15-year old youth today are functionally illiterate and unable to compete in Mexico's economy.
PISA tests have shown 2/3s of Mexican students can not consistently apply basic mathematical skills to understand an everyday situation.
How many illegal functional illiterates now in the US, and on the dole, are awaiting US universal healthcare?

See: http://www.worldfund.org/Education-Gap.html

alien anon said at February 1, 2010 12:17 AM:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRhDEjH7XzA

A.Prole said at February 1, 2010 1:03 AM:

'Sate prison union members' - Rather apt description methinks, certainly big fat salaries and benefits tend to satiate even the greediest union member.

no i don't said at February 3, 2010 4:01 PM:

"It's unfathomable to me why we would be policing feckless and harmless populations halfway around the world when our homeland is being flooded with hostile foreigners."

ha, ha, ha
As hostile as U.S. forces in other countries? Americans still don't know who the enemy is, that's why they are always at war against somebody. And, as Ron Paul said: the more they do it the less secure they seem to be...

So please Patriot, tell me who your enemy is. Is it the taliban? Is it Hussein? Is it Iran?, Is it North Korea?, Is it the government of Pakistan?, Is it Obama?, Is it the Mexicans, Perhaps Hugo Chavez?, Is it the Russians?, Is it Libya?, Chomsky?, Ron Paul?, The Chinese commies? Is it perhaps the rest of the world?


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