Last year, law enforcement ‘stole’ more from Americans than burglar’s did in all their crimes

Government’s are very good at spinning criminal activity into what legislators and judges deem as ‘legal’ programs.  From enacting a ponzi scheme back in the 1930’s and calling it Social Security, to legalizing counterfeiting under the guise of monetary policy through the creation of a private banking system to control the nation’s currency, corruption by government against its people is as old as history itself.

And thanks to the ideological ‘War on Terror’ and ‘War on Drugs’, outright theft is now legalized under the name of Civil Forfeiture.  And according to a report from the FBI, legal theft by law enforcement has now exceeded the total amount stolen by labeled criminals in the all the burglaries committed last year.

Between 1989 and 2010, U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989. Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly $4.5 billion for the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year. According to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses. This means that the police are now taking more assets than the criminals. - Armstrong Economics

The nature of nearly all governments is to feed off its own people, like a parasite feeds off its host until that host is dead.  And whether this includes allowing 15 million home owners to lose their property at the same time they used taxpayer money to bail out criminal banks, or to provide free welfare and benefits to tens of millions of non-productive people simply to keep them getting elected to office, the end result is always about creating ways to take from those that have and siphon it to a small group of oligarchs.

So as we roll headlong towards the end of 2015, it cannot be clearer to those paying attention that there are two sets of laws for two sets of criminals.  And unless you are one of the protected class in the oligarchy of the governmental system, only one of these criminals will be forced to pay for their crimes, while the others are allowed to break that old axiom that says that crime doesn’t pay.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.

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