Ed Driscoll

Who Breaks a Butterfield on a Wheel?

Canadian pundit Lorrie Goldstein writes, “Critics of the federal Conservatives who oppose building more prisons because ‘crime is going down’ would at least be somewhat credible had they ever called for building more prisons when crime was going up.”

As Michael Graham wrote a few years ago in America at least, “It’s called ‘The Butterfield Effect:’”

It’s what happens when someone on the Left makes a statement that is laughably ludicrous on its face, yet it reveals what the speaker truly believes — no matter how dumb.

“The Butterfield Effect” is named in honor of ace New York Times crime reporter Fox Butterfield, the intrepid analyst responsible for such brilliantly headlined stories as “More Inmates, Despite Drop In Crime,” and “Number in Prison Grows Despite Crime Reduction,” not to mention the poetic 1997 header, “Crime Keeps on Falling, but Prisons Keep on Filling.”

Mr. Butterfield is truly perplexed at what he calls the “paradox” of more criminals in prison coinciding with less crime in neighborhoods. An observation that might appear obvious to an 8th grader (crooks + jail = fewer crimes) is simply beyond his grasp. Butterfield of the Times is the poster boy for the greatest conundrum facing the American Left today: How do you explain to people who just don’t get it that the problem is they just don’t get it?

(H/T: 5’F)