I’ve been on the road visiting family, and now I’m going to my Dad’s where there’s usually only dial-up available, so posting may be light for a few days.
The “Drug War” is doing far more harm than marijuana itself ever will. Requires subscription to Hightower Lowdown to read the entire article. I have no idea if that’s worth it.
Visiting my Mom in Iowa, I opened up the Des Moines Register to see an OpEd by Senator Grassley, defending his amendment. The amendment would have prevented the commission that is looking into all aspects of our criminal justice system, from even discussing drug legalization or decriminalization.
Grassley’s OpEd? Congress should debate drug policy
What??? Grassley has never been interested in Congress debating drug policy.
Here’s the thin rationale:
First and foremost, Congress ought to tackle issues whenever possible before bucking them to commissions. Increasingly, Congress is using commissions to avoid doing what Americans elect members to do: ask tough questions, identify possible answers, debate policy solutions and take a stand. This commission also would cost $14 million. It’s hard to justify that expenditure in the current fiscal situation, especially when it’s work that Congress should be doing itself.
The point of a commission is that Congress is unwilling to tackle the problems directly, nor do they have the expertise. A commission is supposed to look at all aspects of a problem and report back recommendations which Congress can then debate.
Pretty weak, Senator. (But it’s interesting that he got so backed in the corner over the furor of his amendment that he felt it necessary to defend it this way.)
Update: What Scott said.