In El Paso
“Some think legalization will reduce the violence,” Kerlikowske said. “It will not. If drugs were to become legal, I doubt very seriously that (the criminals) would take up jobs at Microsoft or Intel. Criminals are not going to change.”
Such a bizarrely ignorant world-view. It requires:
- A finite and unchanging number of “criminals” world-wide – that everybody is specifically either a criminal or non-criminal for life and that can’t change, and that no enticements could turn a non-criminal into a criminal.
- That criminals would have the same power to bribe officials (and entire countries), and buy guns if all their money supply was cut off, and
- That they would still want to kill people on the border even if they had nothing to smuggle across.
This guy got a Master’s Degree? Somebody better talk to the Board of Trustees at University of South Florida.
Update: Lots more from Kerlikowske here. Some really amazing stuff.