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Why the Tea Party must support legalizing drugs

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by mrskeet410, Sep 19, 2011.

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  1. mrskeet410

    mrskeet410 TS Member

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    If the Tea Party truly opposes needless government spending, argues Jeffrey A. Miron at NPR, it can't support the costly, ineffective drug war
    posted on June 8, 2010, at 11:01 AM
    Should the Tea Party support the legalization of marijuana?


    Best Opinion: NPR

    Tea Party conservatives are opposed to unnecessary government spending, abuse of the Constitution and restriction of free markets, says Jeffrey A. Miron at NPR. Then it must follow that they support legalizing drugs. So far, in a political climate characterized by economic discontent, the Tea Party movement has managed to "sidestep the divisions" between its libertarian and conservative wings. But drug policy will force it to come down on one side:

    "As the elections near, however, voters will want to know where the party stands not just on the economy but on social issues. A perfect illustration is drug policy, where conservatives advocate continued prohibition but libertarians argue for legalization. Which way should the tea party lean when this issue arises? If the party is true to its principles — fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets — it must side with the libertarians.

    "...Drug prohibition is not remotely consistent with fiscal responsibility. This policy costs the public purse around $70 billion per year, according to my estimates, yet no evidence suggests that prohibition reduces drug use to a significant degree."


    Read the entire article at NPR -

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127527893
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    NPR, truly an unbiased organization. Typical troll BS.


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    HM
     
  3. Big Az Al

    Big Az Al Well-Known Member

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    YES, drugs scare me!

    BUT look at prohibition, much money was made on ILEGAL booze and beer.

    The Government never had a prayer in trying to stop it!

    The only way to stop a smuggling operation is to make the product so cheap on the receiving end that there is no money to be made.

    Or in other words

    5 dollars of marijuana in Mexico is worth 5 Dollars here!

    When you get here much of the drug smuggling will end!

    SO SHOW HOW TO DO THIS WHILE IT IS ILLEGAL!

    It cannot be done!

    So let’s grow some brains and stop making crooks rich by having impossible laws that truly only make money for crook’s and crooked Politian’s!


    As said drugs scare me, but just as many of the workers here will lose their jobs for drinking at or being drunk at work,

    Why will those same types of laws and regulation not work for drugs?


    AGAIN LET’S STOP MAKING CROOKS RICH WITH IMPOSSIBLE TO INFORCE LAWS!

    Al Lingham
     
  4. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Oh the irony of a liberal pontificating to the tea party what they must do.
     
  5. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    If we ever want to win the war on drugs then it is necessary to remove the huge profit motive that goes along with the illegal nature of the business. That means legalization and regulated distribution. It doesn't mean that dope should be sold to school kids - that is what is going on now.

    I doubt the tea party will ever get behind this sort of thing because it does involve regulation through taxable distribution and also many folks are just plain in denial about the ineffectiveness of our war on drugs.
     
  6. shannon391

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    Yes- get rid of the drug cartels then the DEA and the ATF, after all they are just in charge of drinking, smoking and shooting.
     
  7. Rick Barker

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    China does not have a drug problem. Perhaps we could do what they do.
     
  8. shannon391

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    China has always had a drug problem, ever hear of an opium den? or China white?
     
  9. Rick Barker

    Rick Barker Well-Known Member

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    They shoot drug users and drug dealers, at least they did during Mao.


    Meth is a problem there just as here and has exceed herion use.
     
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