With Budget Cuts, It Will Take Over a Year to Divorce in San Francisco

The City of Topeka has floated the idea of legalizing domestic violence, not because beating up women is no big deal, but because the city doesn't want to pay to prosecute it. ... [W]ith government spending across the nation -- it's worth pointing out that today's unemployment figures for September showed that while private companies added 137,000 jobs, there were 34,000 government jobs eliminated last month -- the tempest in Topeka is hardly alone in the sometimes shocking, stupid or self-defeating budget cuts that state and local governments are making to deal with shrinking budgets. There are tons, and these are some of the worst:

Most Annoying: Cuts to San Francisco court system means it will take a year and a half to get a divorce.

San Francisco plans to close 24 courtrooms, cut clerk hours, and fire 175 staffers this fall, The New York TimesJesse McKinley reports, meaning all kinds of civil matters will take much longer. Couples who hate each other will be forced to be at least legally connected for 18 months before a divorce is finalized.

Best for Stoners and/or Libertarians: Budget cuts effectively legalize drugs in Georgia.

Complaining over cuts that have resulted in eliminating Georgia State Patrol cars at night, shutting down crime labs, and layoffs at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the distict attorney in Thomson, Ga., said at a conference, "In effect we have legalized drugs in Georgia," Bill Norton reported for The Augusta Chronicle.

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