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Bushknew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:08 PM
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Freakonomics vs Bill Clinton / Did crime rates fall due to abortions?
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http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2005-09-11-1.html

Freakonomics
Or
You Have to Find the Facts Before You Can Face Them

When the crime rate started dropping in the 1990s, it took everyone by surprise. All the experts had predicted that crime would continue to rise in the radical way it had during the 1970s and 1980s.

Experts were talking about how we'd have to adapt to a society dominated by fear, living in gated communities, paying for far more prisons and police forces.

And then ...

It didn't happen. Instead, crime rates started to fall. All kinds of crime, across the board. And not just in one place, in many places.

Why Did Crime Rates Fall?
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Why Did Crime Rates Fall?

Well, because we had a Democrat as president and his policies contributed to a safe and prosperous country. In other words, crime rates did not fall not due to abortions.

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:11 PM
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1. We will never know since there is an absence--the aborted. Their
"logic' is begiling!
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:13 PM
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2. The authors of Freakonomics make an interesting case and clearly
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 02:14 PM by jody
open moral debate on the topic.

Their presentation shows a statistical relationship but is it causal or casual?
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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:30 PM
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3. Well, the fact is that young people tend to commit more crimes
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 02:30 PM by Inland
than older people, so anything that lowers the birth rate provides for an older population and therefore less crime, all other things being equal.

That would be one guess.

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