Former Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) served nine terms in the House. Michael Shank is the U.S. vice president at the Institute for Economics and Peace, authors of the article cite reduction in violence and its causes can decrease the debt at every level and on both sides of the Atlantic.
The very programs being reduced, the social safety nets, perpetuate the crime and violence which increases imprisonment, thus reduction in workforce productivity and all the terrible thing which arise from crime and its causes.
"The overall point here that politicians need to realize is that in the pursuit of available funds, there are untapped dividends available where they may least suspect it. Increasing the peace not only improves quality of life but the economy as well. Being tough on crime requires being tough on the causes of crime. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic are indeed right: The time for radical reform is now; it’s just in a radically different direction that they’ve prescribed."