Saturday, January 27, 2007

More Stupid Drug Warriors

This defense of the war on drugs in Human Events comes via Hit and Run. I agree with Radley Balco- it's not really worth the time or energy debunking. Here's just a sample, perhaps the biggest hypocritical defense of the war on drugs:

If we legalized drugs, we'd be able to tax them and bring in more revenue for the state. But, how is that working out with alcohol and cigarettes? In 2004 and 2005, 39% of all traffic-related deaths was related to alcohol consumption and 36% of convicted offenders "had been drinking alcohol when they committed their conviction offense." When it comes to cigarettes, adult smokers "die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers." But, will we ever get rid of tobacco or alcohol? No, both products are too societally accepted for that and perhaps more importantly, the government makes enormous amounts of revenue from their sale. Do we really want to be sitting around 10 or 15 years from now saying, "Gee, we'd like to get rid of heroin, but how could we replace the revenue we make from taxing it at an exorbitant rate?"

That's right, John Hawkins cites to problems with alcohol and tobacco, but tells us we can't make them illegal because the government makes money off of them and they are socially acceptable. Then he points out that the government revenue is not a very good one, and he's right. So we're left with the real reason that some drugs are legal and some drugs are not: social acceptability. Wow ... great argument guy.


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