WORKPLACE RECOVERY—GOVERNMENTAL EFFORTS BRINGING THE ECONOMY BACK
SCOTT RASMUSSEN, pollster, political analyst, digital media entrepreneur, editor-at-large for ballotpedia, and best-selling author is our guest. Rasmussen talks about the proposed workplace recovery act and the possibility of an economic rebound.
Rasmussen is president of the Rasmussen Media Group and a Senior Fellow at The King’s College in New York City. Rasmussen is also editor at large at Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics. Rasmussen spent two decades as one of the world’s leading public opinion pollsters. A serial entrepreneur, Scott is the founder of Rasmussen Reports, co-founder of ESPN, a New York Times bestselling author, public speaker, and syndicated columnist. Working with the Institute for Community Driven Solutions. Scott’s latest book: The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not.
THE MILITARIZATION OF POLICE FORCES IN THE U.S.
Jim Bohannon talks with ARTHUR RIZER, Director, Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties; and Resident Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute about a study Rizer conducted on police armament and some of the pros and cons associated with it.
His study indicates:
- 94% of field training officers don’t have a problem with officers being equipped with military grade weapons.
- 77% of field training officers feel this militarization changes how they feel about themselves and their role in policing. It makes them more aggressive and assertive and can make them more violent.
- 83% of field training officers said this scares the public.
- “When you give someone a hammer, why are you surprised when everything looks like a nail to them?” – Rizeron officers with military grade weapons
Rizer heads the R Street Institute’s programs dealing with a variety of issues related to crime, policing, intelligence and privacy. In this capacity, he produces original research, writes for the popular press and educates policymakers on criminal justice and civil liberty issues. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of London, University College London in the Department of Security and Crime Science, an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. Before joining R Street, Arthur was an associate professor of law at West Virginia University’s College of Law and a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He also served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department, primarily as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division, where he targeted command-and-control drug cartel leaders and narco-terrorists. He also served as a prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California and in the civil division, working on immigration-related litigation, with the Federal Programs Guantanamo Bay litigation team and at the Office of Immigration Litigation. Early in his civilian career, Arthur worked as a patrol officer in Washington state. He also spent almost 21 years in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq to train the Iraqi Special Forces Division. During his military career, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service and Iraq Campaign medals. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army, WV National Guard. Arthur is the author of three books:Lincoln’s Counsel: Lessons Learned from America’s Most Persuasive Speaker (2010); The National Security Implications of Immigration Law (2013); andJefferson’s Pen: The Art of Persuasion (2016). He is a member of Columbia University Justice Lab’s Executive Session for the Future of Justice Policy and the Federalist Society’s Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Practice Group.