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●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening the gap between rich and poor, which ultimately leads to civil disorder.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
●To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The penalty for ignorance is slavery.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the gap.
Alcohol is a recreational drug. The U.S. officially began the “war on alcohol” with prohibition and the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.
Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
Imagine using an Amendment to the Constitution as a device for restricting the sale of one drug. Talk about using a sledgehammer to kill a mosquito.
Of course, the “war on” this drug was an abysmal failure:
Following the 18th Amendment’s adoption, prohibition effectively resulted in a public demand for illegal alcohol, making criminals of producers and distributors.
The criminal justice system was swamped although police forces and courts had expanded in recent years.
Prisons were jam-packed and court dockets were behind in trying to deal with the rapid surge in crimes.
Organized crime expanded to deal with the lucrative business, and there was widespread corruption among those charged with enforcing unpopular laws.
Then, in 1933, prohibition was repealed by the 21st Amendment, which showed that America had learned its lesson about trying to prohibit drugs that people enjoyed using. Right?
Wrong. America has learned nothing.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt publicly supported the adoption of the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. The New York Times used the headline “Roosevelt Asks Narcotic War Aid”.
In 1937, the Marijuana Transfer Tax Act was passed. On October 27, 1970, Congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. In 1973, the Drug Enforcement Administration was created to replace the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
In 1982, Vice President George H. W. Bush began pushing for the involvement of the CIA and U.S. military in drug interdiction efforts.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy, which mandated a national anti-drug media campaign for youth, which would later become the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
The director of ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy) is commonly known as the Drug czar, and it was first implemented in 1989 under President George H. W. Bush, and raised to cabinet-level status by Bill Clinton in 1993.
Predictably, the “War on Drugs” not only failed, but had enormous adverse effects — a net loser, not only for America, but world-wide:
The Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report on June 2, 2011 alleging that “The War On Drugs Has Failed”.
According to Human Rights Watch, the War on Drugs caused soaring arrest rates which deliberately disproportionately targeted African Americans. In the 1980s, while the number of arrests for all crimes had risen by 28%, the number of arrests for drug offenses rose 126%.
In 2008, the Washington Post reported that of 1.5 million Americans arrested each year for drug offenses, half a million would be incarcerated. In addition, one in five black Americans would spend time behind bars due to drug laws.
Federal and state policies also impose collateral consequences on those convicted of drug offenses, such as denial of public benefits or licenses, that are not applicable to those convicted of other types of crime.
KEY WEST, Fla. — A federal judge on Tuesday struck down as unconstitutional a Florida law that required welfare applicants to undergo mandatory drug testing, setting the stage for a legal battle that could affect similar efforts nationwide.
Judge Mary S. Scriven of the United States District Court in Orlando held that the testing requirement, the signature legislation of Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who campaigned on the issue, violated the protection against unreasonable searches.
“The court finds there is no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied,” she wrote.
This, of course, was the typical anti-poor, anti-black legislation one has come to expect from the ultra-right wing, as always, doing far more harm than any possible good.
Much of the (immigration) problem can be directly traced to the US drug war, which creates unlivable conditions in countries that produce narcotics for export to the US.
Many of those interviewed over the past several weeks have cited violent drug gangs back home as a main motivation for their departure.
Because some Americans want to use drugs here in the US, governments to the south are bribed and bullied to crack down on local producers. The resulting violence has destroyed economies and lives from Mexico to Nicaragua and beyond. Addressing the failed war on drugs would go a long way to solving the immigration crisis.
The right-wing approach to any problem is prohibition followed by punishment for violating that prohibition. It is a quasi-religious, quasi-moralistic approach that always singles out the non-rich.
Thus a rich man receiving special federal tax breaks, is not asked to take a drug test, but people receiving welfare program benefits are, under the theory of savings.
Bottom line: If people are going to harm themselves by drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or huffing spray cans, they will do it. Outlawing these things will cause crime, fill our jails and remove otherwise valuable people from our economy.
The idiocy of prohibition can further be seen with our treatment of guns, which specifically are made to hurt people other than the owner. Guns legally are sold and carried in the streets. Recreational drugs, which are not made to hurt other people, are not legally sold or carried in the streets. It makes no sense whatsoever.
All those right wingers who scream “freedom” and “liberty” every time they think someone might take away their guns, should scream even louder about the taking away of recreational drugs.
My suggestion: Legalize all recreational drugs, but regulate them, the way we regulate cigarettes, prescription drugs and alcohol. Set standards, and require licensing and labeling. Place them all under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration — and provide plenty of money for supervision.
History shows: Usage will decline. Our jail population will drop. Desperate immigration will decline. America will be a better place.
Is your political representative a “War on” moron? Contact him with this message:
Freedom! Liberty! Common sense!
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
8. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here)
10. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
Two key equations in economics:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports
THE RECESSION CLOCK
Vertical gray bars mark recessions.
As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.