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  •  Ever since Iran/Contra (7+ / 0-)

    I've had a hunch our government or persons within our government have had a vested interest in keeping the price of drugs high by keeping them in the black market.  Additionally, one side effect of the "war on drugs" is that prices are even more jacked up than ever.

    Now I wonder if it isn't being used in a Shock Doctrine-like manner.  Teeming masses of armed, drug-addled, illegal immigrants at our borders - this is the picture being painted.  Just one more reason to be afraid, and plenty of opportunities to manufacture and sell police-state type equipment and legislation.

    Call me tin foil hat, but I honestly think it is less CT and more the kind of cynicism many of us have been learning the hard way.

    To sum it up, there seems to be zero motivation on the part of our government to actually do anything to heal or mitigate the drug problem, much less the illegal immigrant "problem" or the drug cartel problem.

    And now we are in Afghanistan, the leading producer of heroin in the world.

    Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

    by Gustogirl on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 08:12:35 AM PDT

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    •  I'm way more with you than with CT people. (4+ / 0-)

      I think the biggest problem with ending the war on drugs -- from a purely political point of view (because ethically and pragmatically, there really shouldn't be any more debate about it at all) -- is:

      Think of all the cops that will lose their jobs.

      Just imagine... Even if pot is the only thing legalized, but it's done nationwide in one fell swoop. How many people's jobs, and not just their jobs, their careers, their livelihoods, would be obsolete, overnight?

      Of course, this is a bullshit excuse. It doesn't help a damn bit to put off a quick but painful prescription. And if we live in a just society as we claim, if ethics and economics say do this, it might as well be an imperative.

      But as long as our political leaders fail to recognize that -- and as long as they're in the pockets of interests who pay them not to -- the drug war will continue and our addiction to oil and coal will continue and our refusal to recognize the need for good public transit will continue. It really just makes me sick.

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