16 November 2009

The new growth industry?

It's never a good sign when the only scheme that politicians can dream up for job creation is to import prisoners. I guess we could call this Reaganomics combined with globalization. The following chart shows the U.S. rate over the last seven decades. Note the great leap forward since the infamous War on Drugs:


With just 5% of the world's population, we already have a quarter of the world's prisoners (almost six times the median rate). Evidently, that isn't enough for "job creation."  We're even beating out Rwanda and Russia to maintain that coveted number one spot:


On second thought, this trend might have an upside. Maybe we can build a giant prison fence around the entire country and then all be qualified for free healthcare.

3 comments:

PENolan said...

You know, if the fence project begins on the Mexico/US border, we could kill two birds with one stone.

Sheesh! What a country

Karlo said...

Damn! Why didn't I think of that?!

cristine said...

Great post! thanks for sharing