Republicans in Congress have been scrambling to cut federal spending to reduce a record deficit. Their 2006 Deficit Reduction Act would cut a paltry $40 billion over five years. If they want to find more savings, they should look to dubious spending on the dubious war on drugs -- to the high cost of incarcerating first-time nonviolent drug offenders, of mandating longer sentences for crack cocaine than powder cocaine and of using federal clout to raid medical-marijuana clubs, prosecute offenders and house them in prison. Cut these programs and Washington could move this country closer to what President H. W. Bush announced as his goal, "a kinder, gentler" America.This seems like a wonderful idea. Moreover, instead of waging war on pot smokers, perhaps we could make it legal and tax the shit out of it - thus generating a multibillion dollar revenue stream that has not ever been a part of this "trickle down" economy; which by the way never seems to trickle far enough.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
How About A Different Cut
Instead of cutting things like medicare and the other such programs that benefit those less fortunate than our republican leadership, howsabout cutting the gigantic budget for perpetrating the so called "war on drugs;" which incidentially, is another war we are not winning with the current strategy: