The news in today’s NY Times is that Texas is leading the nation in yet another innovation involving prison care: they’re going to stop allowing prisoners to order a special last meal before they are executed. Apparently, the citizens of the state are in high dudgeon because an inmate ordered cheeseburgers, fried steak, ice cream and not only didn’t share it with them, but didn’t eat a morsel of it. Imagine, a guy like that thumbing his nose at the extraordinary generosity shown to him by the taxpayers! In addition, the state has cancelled lunch on weekends saving $2.5-million from the strapped state budget.
I say these pikers show no vision or ambition. Let’s go the whole hog so to speak. I know a way to save millions more: don’t feed ’em any meals. Let ’em fend for themselves. Let ’em raise their own animals, butcher, cook, and eat ’em. And if that doesn’t work? Marie Antoinette said: let those ol’ Parisians eat cake. I say: let ’em eat each other. Just think, the fewer prisoners there are, the lower the costs to the costs to the state of caring for them. Criminals are leeches on society anyway. If we kill these blood suckers off early it will benefit everyone, especially their future victims. As for the families of the prisoners eaten? Maybe we can send ’em a few chops and ribs as a consolation.
You say you don’t like cannibalism? Well, how much better does Texas treat its poor and prisoners? No, it doesn’t eat them…yet. But considering the misery that they suffer how much better off are they living under the conditions Texas offers? Better, sure. But is life, even for prisoners, supposed to be just a tad better than the jungle? In Texas, the answer is a definite Yes.
I especially admire the statement by the Democratic state senator who took away those last meals:
“If they don’t like the menu,” he said, “don’t come there in the first place.”
Real cute slogan, good sound bite. May this man, on his death bed, when he asks for his last meal, be told the same thing. What goes around, comes around.