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Drug War Greed (updated)

This is why it’s so hard to make fundamental changes in the federal government’s drug war.

As you know, Obama’s Drug Czar has been heavily claiming that this administration is much more concerned about demand side and treatment. In fact, this is nonsense, as the actual proposed budget changes were relatively insignificant.

Of course, the government has admitted that supply-side efforts are primarily a waste of money. All evidence shows that it has very little effect.

And recently, the Drug Czar was raked over the coals in the House hearing over his emphasis on supply-side funding.

And yet, now we have Democratic Senator Charles Schumer wanting to restore a tiny 15% cut of one fund that actually did occur on the supply-side: Schumer pushes for anti-drug funding

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the Obama administration to restore federal budget cuts to a program aimed at curbing drug trafficking and to formulate a comprehensive strategy to fight increased drug-smuggling across the Canadian border. […]

Law enforcement is doing its job, he said, “but if they don’t have the best resources, there is no way they can deal with this scourge.”

Yeah, just give us more money — that’ll solve it.

So many people want their place at the drug war teat. Every time you try to cut any part of it, there’s going to be an outcry from the assholes who want to take more of our taxpayer dollars to fight a counter-productive war that merely harms our own citizens.

Update: Howard Wooldridge nails it.

Based on my 18 years of police experience, I think the drug smugglers are cheering Sen. Charles Schumer’s continued support for drug prohibition (“Schumer: Funds needed to fight drug war,” April 22). Without this modern prohibition, they would not be making billions.

After 40 years and $1.1 trillion tax dollars spent, one would hope that Senator Schumer would admit what we all know; Prohibition is a failure, again. Want to rid New York of all drug dealers and smuggling? Legalize/regulate and tax the drugs.

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11 comments to Drug War Greed (updated)

  • Guy#1

    He’s just trying to distract from the fact he’s taken 3 million dollars from finance. Tough on drugs will win you re election! and a great propaganda campaign will help.

  • Guy#1

    Oh, not to forget the 2,600,000 he’s gotten from lawyers and law firms. http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=n00001093

  • kaptinemo

    They still don’t get it.

    Mr. Schumer should ask the unemployed taxpayers in his district as to whether those taxpayers can use that money better. I’m sure they can provide an affirmative answer.

    And for those who live in his district and who believe that he could do better things than waste the public’s money in these hard times…I’m sure his office would like to hear from you.

  • claygooding

    We can’t afford to extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans and he wants to throw more money into the prohibition pit. The electorate of his state ought to throw him up on the border,with a bb gun and some crackers.

  • claygooding

    Drug money saved banks:
    Link

    Now,whose going to save US?

  • Chris

    http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10/n314/a04.html
    haha this guy is delusional. He tries to argue that we can’t compare alcohol prohibition to the prohibition of cannabis for awesome reasons like this: “not a single significant taxpaying company has produced so much as an ounce of pot in this state or nation in the last century, if ever.”

    He also shows a complete lack of any understanding on the subject (both from research and personal experience) with this line: “How likely are pot prices to remain at their present level of $10 per ounce or more?” … then goes on to make a hilarious argument about how the violent illegal producers will deal with thousands of legal non-violent producers. Here’s a hint: the cops will know which ones to continue arresting.

  • Shap

    Just another example of the fact that there is really not much of a difference between the 2 parties.

  • ezrydn

    The fewer teats available, the louder the sound of the sucking! And, of course, Boss Hog is always there to suck away as much as he possibly can.

  • Just me

    Shap: your absolutelt right. Two sides of the same coin. I keep telling those who think they have to choose a party and fight the other party that the government has the people divided and the government will always win.

    Its sad for me to think this way but,it maybe the only way for Americans to open thier eyes and see the farm. The American economy has to completely fail, Americans have to be made very uncomfortable in thier lives before they will see our government does not care about us. They are crook wanting to remain the kings, they farm us for all they can get. With out us, our complete support, they are nothing and this raping of the people in the form of taxes must stop.

    The story of our enslavement:

    http://kennysideshow.blogspot.com/2010/04/thoughts-for-sunday-morning.html

    So have you stepped away from the farm before? I have.

  • duckwacker

    I would like to say how full of shit r goverment is. Thay treat pot like is was a caital offence.if thay would just tax it I sure would help things out in r little town. That’s a fact