Total cops in the US (2009): 883,600; median wage (2008): $51,410
Total security guards (2009): 1,028,830; median wage: $23,820
Total prisoners (2009): 1,613,740
Welcome to NeoFeudalism, where we keep cutting middle class, union jobs paying police to protect our common good, and instead pay poorly-paid highly armed private security guards to patrol golf courses.
And if that security guard job doesn’t work for our veterans, there’s always the other option: prison.