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Mitt Romney Promises "A Full Answer" About the Drug War

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At least, I hope that's what he meant by this response.

Of course, there is absolutely nothing on Mitt Romney's website that explains his views about the War on Drugs. But maybe – hopefully – what Romney meant wasn't that he had a drug policy page on his site, but rather that he plans to create one. He's right that it's a long question, so if he's going to put together a long answer, well, I'm looking forward to seeing it.

How amazing it is, though, that a group of college students had to follow him around for days and demand answers on drug policy before it even occurred to him that he needs to have a position on this. In all likelihood, it never even occurred to Mitt Romney before this very moment that this issue is actually important enough that people would want to know what he thinks about it before deciding if he should be president.

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 Maybe many of the early

 

Maybe many of the early Prohibitionists did not really intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide, or put 1 in every 30 American adults under supervision of the correctional system. But similar to our "Great Experiment" of the 1920s, the prohibition of various other drugs has once again spawned rampant off-the-scale criminality & corruption, a bust economy, mass unemployment, a mind-boggling incarceration rate, a civil war in Mexico, an un-winnable war in Afghanistan and an even higher rate of drug-use (both legal & illegal) than in all other countries that have far more sensible policies. 

Maybe it's high time we all stood up and told our government that we're pooped at being beaten and jailed in order that unconscionable Transnational Corporations, and their Media Enablers, can continue to abuse, addict and poison us for obscene profits.

And maybe we shouldn't wait for a complete economic collapse to regain our unalienable­ rights? 

According to the CATO Institute, ending prohibition would save roughly $41 billion of expenditure while generating an estimated $46 billion in tax revenues. - http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/DrugProhibitionWP.pdf

Thanks to Prohibition we now have far more people locked in cages than would normally be the case. Apart from the fact that these extra prisoners are not contributing economically to society, it also costs 50,000 dollars per annum to incarcerate them. Additionally their families often go on government assistance, and it's again the average tax payer who has to pick up the bill. Their kids may be taken into care or raised by foster parents, again with tax payer money. Now add to all this the court costs, jail costs, and the salaries of all those people that have to deal with the enforcement of prohibition, like police officers, judges and public defenders and you'll start to get a fair idea of why "Black Thursday", October 24, 1929 happened during the period of another of our great experiments - Alcohol Prohibition.

* The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. 

* 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population at year-end 2009.

* 2,292,133 adults were incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2009, that's approx. 1% of US adults.

* Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or parole.

* In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation,parole, or incarcerated) in 2009 — about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.

Prohibition has helped fill our Prisons and Jails to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for so called 'drug offenders'. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. Prohibition takes violent criminals and turns them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries, including our own. Our drug laws are also funding the Taliban and al-Qaeda whose illegal opium profits allow them to buy weapons and pay it's fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen.

Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.

"If the campaign is protracted the resources of the state will not be equal to the strain" "There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare" - Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Mitt Romney offers no change in marijuana policy

Mitt Romney is a status quo moderate who will offer no change in marijuana -- or medical marijuana, policy. Ron Paul is the only candidate offering comprehensive reform of the current system. http://ronpaulhemp.com

Vote Ron Paul

Don't be fooled by any of the BS, with the exception of Ron Paul, none of the candidates running for president, including the incumbant, will end the War on Drugs. A vote for anyone other than Ron Paul is a vote to continue the drug war.

Mitt Romney Lives on His Own Planet

And it’s not Planet Earth.

Rich politicians tend to know nothing of the culture they inhabit. Alienation from the masses is the whole point of wealth for some people.  You know you’re in Republican territory when there are gated communities everywhere.  Mitt Romney is so typical of the culture he derives from that it almost hurts to look at the guy. 

Nothing bad has ever happened to Romney.  His daddy was rich, and his momma good lookin’, as is Mitt.  Romney is one of those people who has absolutely no reason to cry.  Romney is the goody-two-shoes who busted people in grade school for trivial rule breaking.  He’s reputed by people who’ve worked for him to be the biggest cheapskate imaginable.

Expect Romney’s advisors to portray him as tough on crime.  He says he hasn’t a clue what industrial hemp is.  He’s committed to a right wing ideology, come hell and high water in the form of massive flooding from climate warming. 

Climate denier, corporate raider, Mr. “I Like to Fire People”, and a shallow twit who never smoked weed and belittles those who do.  You better watch out.  You better not cry.  Field Marshall Romney and his black shirt narcs are coming to town.

Giordano

Why would he want to have a

Why would he want to have a war on drugs when that may reduce his profit from the methadone clinics?

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