Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Desperate Times

Remember back when Obama announced that Gitmo was going to close and all the GOPers went NIMBY on where to put these guys? Nobody was going to put alleged terrorists in our prisons, by God! Maybe they should have talked to the folks who worked at the prisons, first:

Prison employees and residents of this northern Michigan town are proud of the facility and want to keep it open at all costs, even if that means becoming the new home of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The news that the Obama administration is considering moving some detainees at the military prison in Cuba to facilities within U.S. borders, including Standish and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., prompted Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (D) and several state legislators Tuesday to voice their opposition. But residents here are most concerned about keeping some of the 340 jobs and other economic sustenance the prison provides, in a county where unemployment tops 17 percent.
Like I said at the time, if there's one thing this country knows how to do, it's lock people up. Look at all the trained professionals we have with nothing to do!

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