10 thoughts on “Norfolk Sheriff Ends Controversial Immigration Detention Program

    1. That’s the second time today you have put words in my mouth, presumably to criticize something I didn’t say. So, for the second time, then, I’ll set the record straight.

      I do not, in fact, regard law enforcement as a “problem imperfectly solved” through public spending. Law enforcement is, rather, a true public good.

      It appears to me that the anti-ICE activists have succeeded in accomplishing a true “public bad.”

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      1. “That’s the second time today you have put words in my mouth . . .”

        Because you only post vague missives and force the rest of us to use what we know about your politics to guess what you actually mean. Then, when you get called out for saying something morally reprehensible, you backtrack and play the victim like you’ve been taken out of context. It’s a very common rhetorical strategy; we’ve all seen it before. Either commit to a position, or stop being offended when you’re “misunderstood.”

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      2. RE: “Because you only post vague missives and force the rest of us to use what we know about your politics to guess what you actually mean.”

        Do you find these words vague: “I’d rather the sheriff be supportive of ICE.”?

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        1. Well, when we were talking about schools you seemed to suggest that an equitable funding model was impossible, so you would like to see public schools defunded. Now you are in favor of supporting an organization that (in practice) enforces immigration laws inequitably.

          When you frame it as a funding issue, these positions would seem to be contradictory.

          However, these views are ideologically consistent for a conservative. So you can see how I sometimes don’t know what (or why) you’re talking about, particularly when you muddy the waters by holding inconsistent beliefs or obscuring your actual motives, (e.g., defund schools “because of inequities”).

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        2. RE: “So you can see how I sometimes don’t know what (or why) you’re talking about, particularly when you muddy the waters by holding inconsistent beliefs or obscuring your actual motives, (e.g., defund schools “because of inequities”).”

          Fair enough. In this case perhaps you are not aware that a term I have consistently used, public good, is a technical term with a specific meaning. I have been writing about my view that education does not meet the technical definition of a public good.

          If you were not aware that public good is a fairly common technical term in discussions of public policy, you might have assumed that I intended some other meaning. If you want to know more about the topic, Wikipedia has an article on it.

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