June 29, 2009

Thank you, Barney Frank!

The long overdue first shot in the battle to end the War on Drugs has been fired...

Barney Frank's bill may not be the solution. It may even create a whole raft load of new and different problems. Even so, isn't it time that we admit that the pointless, never-ending War on Drugs © just isn't doing what we've convinced ourselves it is? Why is it that we rail against wasteful government spending...and yet never address the moral and financial black hole that is the War on Drugs ©? If any other public policy initiative had been show to be such an abject faiilure, the demands for it to be ended would be legion. Yet the War on Drugs © continues apace, unimpeded by expectations of success. The mere fact of the existence of the War on Drugs © seems to be sufficient, because politicians have come to see it as the third rail of public policy: touch it at your own substantial risk.

I'll begin to think that we're serious about address drug use in this country when we finally begin to address the reality of our national alcohol problem. Until and unless our elected leaders take off their collective blinders, we'll no doubt continue flushing billions more tax dollars down the drain. And nothing will change.

Posted by mcblogger at June 29, 2009 11:07 AM

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