Monday, March 12, 2007

James Webb: A Statesman

Yesterday, Virginia Senator James Webb appeared on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopolous. Primarily, Webb's interview covered Iraq, diplomacy with Iran and Syria and the Walter Reed scandal. However, it was his response to Stephanoplonous's final question that caught my attention.

Webb was asked if he has any interest in becoming the Democrat's nominee for Vice President in 2008. Stephanopolous specifically noted the blogosphere was championing Webb as an ideal number two for the Democratic Party next year. Initially, Webb's response was predictable about his desire to remain in the Senate.

But Webb also added he wanted to address problems not typically mentioned in political campaigns. What sort of issues does Webb have in mind? Webb actually wants to understand why two million people are incarcerated in the United States. He notes this is an issue "tearing apart" the country. In a post last week I asked if anyone cared about America's prison industrial complex. How gratifying to learn we have at least one Senator taking an interest.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF SENATOR WEBB'S APPEARANCE ON ABC.

2 comments:

BobHiggins said...

If we have nearly one percent of our total population incarcerated, I'm curious to know what the figures are in the rest of the world.

liberal journal man said...

According to the World Prison Population list (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/rel/icps/world-prison-population-list-2005.pdf):

Prison population per 100K of selected countries

US (#1 overall): 714
RUSSIA: 532
MEXICO: 182
ENGLAND: 142
SPAIN: 140
CANADA: 116
JAPAN: 58