If Houston Can Find $24 Million For More Police, Maybe We Can Also Find Money For More Library Books
The City of Houston has somehow found $24 million dollars for more police and for more overtime for police.
If I suggested Houston find some extra money to give people health insurance or buy some more books for the library, I’d be told we don’t have the money.
I’d have somebody like the depressing, imagination-stifling Annise Parker, our City Controller, tell me to be “realistic.” She’d tell me we have to focus on what we can get done. That we must be “pragmatic.”
But we sure did find money for more police.
Maybe we need more police. Fine.
We need a lot of things in Houston.
Now let’s find money for health insurance for Houston residents, more books in the library, more and better parks and better wages for city employees.
Government and politics are at core about imagination. Let’s imagine something more than just a wild west city full of cops.
The above picture is of a police car of the Devon and Cornwall Police in England. It looks like a fuel-efficient Ford Focus. Maybe HPD could ditch the use of SUV’s and use these little cars instead. That would save some money.