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  •  Should we take this to mean he suppports (1+ / 0-)
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    criminal penalties for non-violent drug offenders? And whether he does support criminal penalties for non-violent drug users or not, can we expect him to take up the question in a serious manner by appointing a special task force to perform such an investigation?

    "This is supposed to be a happy occasion; let's not bicker and argue about who killed who." -King of Swamp Castle

    by The House on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 10:42:34 AM PST

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    •  i think that we can expect (2+ / 0-)
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      that Obama will be receptive to the voices of civil society on this and all issues...

      i don't know if obama has a position regarding your question.

      i truly believe, though, that Obama will--not only take advice from the major NGOs and advocacy organizations, when it comes to policy decisions and debate, but that he will--also listen to those of us who are not well represented by the most influential organizations and individuals, when it comes to policy debate...

      BTW, i think that the only reason that Hillary may have more detailed positions than Obama, when it comes to this issue of criminal justice problems, is because Hillary was scarred to support federal funding for syringe exchange programs. When, on Dec 1st 2007, her camp did finally officially declare their support for harm reduction programs, they tried to cover their asses by going into great detail with regards to other necessary programs that are related to the nexus of HIV transmission and injection drug use. It was probably the very forthright threatening of attention-grabbing protests that convinced HRC to support federal funding for harm reduction programs; i know because i protested her about this issue in a church in Harlem in October 2007...

      •  Your trust in him is well and good, only (1+ / 0-)
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        it would help me want to support him if he came out and said where he stands at some point. If he becomes President and has not openly addressed this issue, and he then takes appropriate steps to end the drug war and to effect positive reforms to our disastrous current policies, I would support him more strongly on that basis alone, though I hope he may make great, progressive progress on radically simplifying the tax code, as well as on the host of issues he does have some things to say about in this campaign.

        "This is supposed to be a happy occasion; let's not bicker and argue about who killed who." -King of Swamp Castle

        by The House on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 11:15:33 AM PST

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        •  Got to admit (0+ / 0-)

          that whatever his position is, it's going to be a helluva lot better than McCain's.

          Oh, and on tax policy, nothing on the website about simplifying the tax code, but he does plan to end tax shelter abuse and reduce corporate loopholes; perhaps he'll appoint someone to look at the tax code and try to figure out a way to make it easier short of a "flat tax".

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          by Cali Scribe on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 02:26:40 PM PST

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    •  i expect Obama to be more open (0+ / 0-)

      to the voices of civil society, when debating and formulating public policy.

      I don't know if he has taken a position on your question though.

      BTW, I think HRC has a more detailed drug and criminal justice policy, because she was actually afraid to support federal funding for syringe exchange programs.  For over 6 months in 2007, she dodged this question when asked in NYC and in Iowa, if she would support federal funding. It was only just before WOrld AIDS Day on 1 December 2007 that she announced her support.  Before this point, HRC had been publicly saying things like I need to review the scientific evidence, and this is after Bill Clinton had repeatedly apologized and said he was wrong to not allow federal funding...  I think the only reason HRC supported federal funding was because of Bill's influence and because she realized that AIDS activists were not going to allow her to skirt this issue; i know because in October 2007 I protested her in a church in Harlem about this very issue, and in part due to that single-person protest (which was incredibly respectful), the HRC camp let AIDS activists know that she was on-board with harm reduction, the very next day.

    •  I found this, which may be of interest: (0+ / 0-)

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