Better Use of Taxpayer Money: Defending Arpaio's Racial Profiling, or 73 Jetpacks?

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This could have been us, fellow taxpayers.

The estimate of the taxpayers' tab in the Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit is more than $7.3 million, the Feathered Bastard reported yesterday.

While thinking of a more judicious use of $7.3 million in taxpayer money, we found these really badass jetpacks.

The Martin Jetpack company isn't making these bad-boys yet, but it's shooting for a price of $100,000.

Instead of defending unconstitutional policing, we could get 73 Maricopa County jetpacks (one for every 54,000 residents). At least we'd have something to show for it, instead of just pissing it away into the ether.

Our colleague Stephen Lemons says, "This is hardly the only legal bill associated with Melendres. Nor will it be the last."

So we could have had even more jetpacks.

Which sounds like a better use of taxpayer money to you: defending Arpaio, or these cool jetpacks?

Cast your vote below:

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Don Collins
Don Collins

Arpaio, all the way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brandon Brian
Brandon Brian

Jetpacks all the fukin way like joe rogan says

valleynative topcommenter

It might help to consider that every million he costs the taxpayers makes it a little more likely that the people who keep voting for him will wake up and see that he's really not the hero he portrays himself to be.

Every time he costs us money, a few more realize that he's really not making their retirement homes safer.  He's wasting money and resources that could be making them safer.

shadeaux14 topcommenter

Strap all 73 to Arpaio going in different directions and push the button. Now that would be worth the money.

robert_graham topcommenter

A better use of taxpayers money would be no entitlemements for illegal aliens. This means NO free healthcare or lower tuition just to name a few.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

the difference would be that once you shell out the money for the jet are over the first and biggest payment.   if we defend Arpaio......................theres always another major payment just as big if not bigger, just a few months down the road.    I'd rather fly the friendly skies and be done with it

david_saint01 topcommenter

@Don Collins lol then you dolts pay for him...the rest of us are tired of it! 

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@valleynative you would hope that that would be true, but when you factor in the lunatic fringe (and you know exactly 2 of which i am referring to).....................they just wont and cant see it that way

david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham lol or of course, MCSO could just abide by that pesky thing called the Constitution and not violate citizens rights! of course, you dolts could also stop electing him and costing us money, but youre too narrow minded and stupid for that

Flyer9753 topcommenter


Why do you care, it's not your money. 

Go back to pumping gas there in Fresno, CA idiot

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

(by the way, you could also re-sell the jet-packs and recoup some of your losses)

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