RUSH: My friends, to say liberals are soft on crime is an understatement. Just look at their attitudes toward illegal immigration, riots, or the out-of-control murder rates in liberal-run cities like Chicago.
But California liberals are something special. They’re in a class by themselves. Los Angeles has a program to help criminals avoid the county jail if they can afford it. It’s called “pay-to-stay.”
For $250 a night, criminals can stay at Seal Beach in a surfside community facility. There they enjoy unlimited access to movies, books, and cable TV. For $100 a night, inmates are granted a semi-private room with single showers and unlimited television and phone calls. Some are even allowed to leave their seaside hideaway, go to work, and come back to their pay-to-play jail.
Not everybody supports this liberal approach to doing time. Critics say it’s a two-tier system. Wealthy criminals stay in plush, soft surroundings while poor criminals have to suffer in squalor.
The “soft” jail cells are only supposed to be open to non-violent offenders. But a woman victimized by a sexual predator at age 12 recently learned her attacker is doing his time at a pay-to-stay facility. She says she doesn’t think justice is being done.
These are liberals. It’s not about the crime or the time. And it’s not about justice. It just comes down to the money, honey. It’s always about the money, and of course perverting everything they can get their hands on.