The Hierarchy of Needs.
Why talk about Maslow's hierarchy of needs? Two reasons, both are surges of a sort. One is the surge going on in Iraq and the other is the surge happening in Milwaukee:
It’s not good enough for me to put more and more people behind bars. I want that - but I also want to make law-abiding lifestyles more available and attractive to people with little opportunity and even less good examples.
I’m sure a half a dozen people here see such thinking as weak, liberal mush, but I really don’t give a [censored]. When I see young men being put in prison I can’t help but think that, but for a few lucky breaks, that might easily be me.
I do not see you as a weak, liberal mush I see you with a simple black and white caricature of conservative thought and I also suspect you do not have a strong grasp of the need for security. I wonder if Scott has ever been in a position to have genuine worries of being victimized? Of course, most of us have but for the people in Milwaukee's inner cities this is a day in and day out worry.
Physical Security First
Makes sense, doesn't it, even if you do not buy Maslow's theory? In my opening above the guy dodging shells is thinking of only one thing surviving the next couple of minutes. However, Scott's comment does not take into account people's need for physical security, nor does it give credit to others.
So far, the Neighborhood Safety Initiative is working, police and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said during a news conference outside the District 3 police station near N. 49th St. and W. Lisbon Ave.
What is wrong with the above? Now, Scott would have us believe locking up violent offenders is not part of the solution. More midnight basketball and the chaos goes away, but then we would have chaotic midnight basketball. Locking up or eliminating those who commit violence is a necessary but insufficient part of the puzzle. Like in Iraq.
Reports are coming from Iraq that the local populace in areas being surged into are full of tales and real tips leading to the arrest of AQ operatives, the locations of booby-trapped houses, and road side bombs. However, when a patrol would come wondering through, no such information was forthcoming. Why not? Some of the reason surely is the fact people have not yet had enough of AQI, but a fair amount of it was probably not snitchin'. Other stories I have read have it many local approached by the MNF in Iraq would get a visit from AQI. However, now the MNF & real Iraqi soldiers are in place, AQI is much less able to intimidate the local populace. People no longer fear for their safety.
Moving Up the Triangle
Once physical security, aka, law and order is established then what Scott hopes for can happen. Education, economic development, and other such programs. As I said in response to Scott's comment people are not going to set up businesses where customers, employees, vendors, etc are afraid for their safety. Without the safety forget jobs, forget opportunity.
Once physical security is established then the government must let things happen on their own. Of course, in the area being quibbled about there will be federal, state & local monies pouring in to help establish a functional economy, but that aid should not be need for long. Even hot rod race cars need jump starting.