Idiocy in Kansas government now means the lives of women, children and all victims of domestic violence have no value - a budget dispute between the city of Topeka and Shawnee County has caused the D.A. to say he won't investigate or prosecute such cases and the city has repealed their law against domestic violence.
Elected and appointed officials in the state's capital city say it's because of budget cuts, which won't take effect until 2012. The city did not vote to repeal other misdemeanor crimes - shoplifting is still a crime, for instance.
D.A. Chad Taylor publicly announced his decision not to prosecute domestic violence due to county budget cuts, and the city feared it might have to pay for the court and jail costs, and by repealing the law, they say it is still against a state law - so everything is still jes' fine.
For residents of Topeka, a lesson is presented - crimes of violence won't be prosecuted unless money changes hands.
County officials have so far refused to increase any tax rates to insure crimes are prosecuted. Another ten cents on the property tax rate, for instance, is too high a price for public safety.
And so idiocy and pathetic leadership in one Kansas county has created public policy which will likely lead to third world physical brutality. Classy.
District Attorney Chad Taylor