“We all know the way things are right now—budgets are tight,” Steve Westbrook, the executive director of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas, says. “It’s definitely a valuable asset to law enforcement, for purchasing equipment and getting things you normally wouldn’t be able to get to fight crime.” Many officers contend that their departments would collapse if the practice were too heavily regulated, and that a valuable public-safety measure would be lost.

Holy Crap; you mean cutting taxes and services doesn’t make things better? Who knew? http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/08/12/130812fa_fact_stillman?currentPage=all