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 â€” 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.