The Political Interest: Fix the Crime Bill Now

Fix the Crime Bill Now

On the offensive last Friday in Minneapolis, an angry President confidently told a group of police officials, "We're going to get you a crime bill." That pledge will be redeemed but not because Bill Clinton promised it. The President's own political weakness was largely responsible for the House's meting out the death penalty to the crime legislation last week. Resurrection will follow a different reality. As crime is the primary concern of most Americans, a failure to deliver relief could deliver to many members of Congress an early retirement in November. So at some point, something will win majority support. But...

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