With the courtship between the ATF and nominee David Chipman officially over in a C-span/Netflix fusion of procedural drama earning viral popularity among the party animals of legal minds and policy analysts, the Biden administration dodged a temporary bullet. As the tipping point is nearly parallel to the ground representing full-blown chaos in a series of courtroom orgies costing tax payers billions of dollars, legislative tragedy has at least been averted in the interim, before the minions of the President dig up an other unpatriotic candidate with a similar disdain and indifference to the Second Amendment. While the federal government has endured a well-deserved gut punch through the debacle of Afghanistan, the incompetence in properly vetting an individual for such a crucial role to liberty, the chips literally keep on falling, as the word in the street is that the Department of Justice is facing its own self-inflicted controversy, and the timing could not have been better, or worse.
As the ideological assault of law enforcement is taking its toll with police forces dwindling in liberal cities such as Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle, the federal government’s stewardship program spanning the nation to support local departments is sputtering, as computer glitches and delays plague the DOJ automated grant awarding system. The systemic software bugs affecting the Justgrants domain are responsible for over $3 billion in grants being slowed to payees in a massive 200 self-driving vehicle wreck on the information superhighway, according to Reuters, an unsettling development which only exacerbates the toxic divide between the reasonable and extremists.
Allegedly, the feds contracted with software company General Dynamics to build Justgrants for the price tag of only $115 million for coding infrastructure and hoping that the technology would streamline the process of police departments and individuals in applying and receiving critical grants. The framework was so overwrought with issues, that the DOJ is conducting an official audit on the lack of performance from General Dynamics and the stipulations of the contract, which will inevitably waste more time and money. As well as the monumental technological problems, the DOJ is attempting to weather an epidemic of bureaucracy in administering the $4.7 billion yearly budget of the program, a glaring red flag that has caught the attention of leading Republicans and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
While the divisiveness and cop hating from the George Floyd incident, with resonating cries of “defund the police” and emanating from neighborhoods representing the entire economic spectrum, the last thing that professional law enforcement needs is a non-functioning funding mechanism that epitomizes the precarious crossroads facing the country. In regions where police response times are not relevant, the detriment is real for higher density populations, where 911 is still a necessary emergency service in complimenting law-abiding citizens owning firearms. The attrition and related staffing issues at police departments in radicalized metropolitan areas is merely a disturbing microcosm of the societal overhaul and transmutation that has occurred over the last four decades as moderate politics have been replaced by the extremes.
In pure government speak (politalk), the DOJ claims that $1.7 billion of the grant money will be processed by September 30, an optimistic and disingenuous timeline, considering the forgettable and reprehensible track record since the inception of Justgrants in October 2020. As many law enforcement agencies face the arduous task of retaining officers, and residents are forced to survive in decaying environments that are becoming increasingly violent and dangerous. This is a direct result of the efforts of unrelenting calls for police reform, and there is no simple solution to untangle a complex mess which threatens basic liberties. And, as usual the government is doing its worst to create more havoc, rather than solving the problem.
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