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    only find the following relating to drug policy reform. The spirit of it seems to want to go in the right direction. But the rhetoric also seems to implicitly support the idea the "first-time, non-violent drug 'offenders'" deserve punishment for "bad behavior". If this is the case, I, and millions of voters would disagree.

    If you're convicted of a crime involving drugs, of course you should be punished.

    I think it's time we also took a hard look at the wisdom of locking up some first-time, non-violent drug users for decades. Someone once said that "...long minimum sentences for first-time users may not be the best way to occupy jail space and/or heal people from their disease." That someone was George W. Bush - six years ago. I don't say this very often, but I agree with the President. The difference is, he hasn't done anything about it. When I'm President, I will. We will review these sentences to see where we can be smarter on crime and reduce the blind and counterproductive warehousing of non-violent offenders. And we will give first-time, non-violent drug offenders a chance to serve their sentence, where appropriate, in the type of drug rehabilitation programs that have proven to work better than a prison term in changing bad behavior. So let's reform this system. Let's do what's smart. Let's do what's just.

    I want to give Sen. Obama the benefit of any doubts about his desire to bring justice back to America. Toward that end I hope that he will convene conferences intended to further explore these important questions.

    The most important thing I'll do is call on you every day to take a risk and do your part to carry this movement forward. Against great odds and amidst deep cynicism, I will ask you to believe again that we can right the wrongs we see in America.

    I have been taking those risks for decades, and it is time for serious, positive reform.

    As for the tax matters, I really like most all I read thru your link, thanks! Still, is it just me, or does he carefully avoid calling for simplification in the individual tax code? That is very important also, and his words seem to indicate that he would keep the complicated tax code that favors the wealthy with regard to the individual, income tax. He said just about everything else, and it all sounds excellent too! But why have a complex income tax code at all? Isn't it on it's face burdensome trickery?

    "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 12:05:07 PM PST

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