Sunday, May 23, 2010

Are we winning yet?

Hey, you know that war on drugs, yes, that one. How's it going?

After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost US$1 trillion ($1.5 trillion) and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.

Even US drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn't worked.

"In the grand scheme, it has not been successful," Kerlikowske said. "Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified."

It's pretty clear it's just not enforced by the authorities. That's what we need: more laws, more cops, greater enforcement despite the facts.
The USA has spent $US 1,000,000,000,000.00 [One Trillion dollars] on the issue; the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) budget in 1971 was $75 million dollars, in 2001 it was $1.6 Billion; as a result of this “war on drugs” drug arrests quadrupled and the percentage of prison inmates committed for drug offences increased from 26% in 1973 to 56% in 2001; yet the drug ‘problem’, and of course related crime problems, have got worse.
But don't worry. A politician will pass a law soon that'll make drugs illegal.

Then watch them go off the streets.


Lou Taylor said...

The death penalty for drug trafficing would be a good start to save money.

I see in the paper that Pete (the alleged pirate) bethune is discovering that a real justice system isn't much fun.

Gooner said...

I would almost agree with that Lou, despite being opposed to the death penalty in general.

Lou Taylor said...

I would also prefer to live in a society with no death penalty but the fundamental problem is that our justice system has lost the sting in its tail.The consequences of doing bad stuff aren't great enough to act as a real deterent.
I would reinstate it for say 20 years and then review it. That would give enough time to clean out the real scum bags in society and leave a marked impression on the next generation.
No amount of money will ever change basic human nature. And money will be in short supply for the next 20 years anyway.

Barnsley Bill said...

The problem with bringing the death penalty back is you would give a powerful patform to the greens and every other head in the sand dogooder in the country.
A right wing govt should just legalise drugs and then tax the puss out of it. Shut the gangs overnight and the weak would self weed. wE MIGHT NEED TO ARM OURSELVES FOR A YEAR OR TWO BUT i CAN LIVE WITH THAT.

Blair said...

The death penalty costs the justice system too much money. It's more expensive to kill someone than it is to just keep them in prison for the rest of their lives. It's also lousy as a punishment. A lethal injection is almost pleasant, since they hit you with a jolt of morphine first. The crim doesn't suffer enough.

I also don't think selling drugs (to adults at least) is bad enough to kill someone over. If someone gets addicted to drugs and dies, I blame the addict, not the dealer.

Barnsley Bill said...

Blair, two points.
1. You arer assuming the seven circles of hell appeals process that they have in the states. I favour the chinese model. Much cheaper!
2. Don't call it a punishment. Problem solved. We are just protecting everybody else. More a deterrent.

James said...

Why criminalise what isn't a crime? Drug use is a vice...meaning its an activity that one does to ones self that may have adverse affects to the person but is no-one elses business.And before anyone says Ahh but we have to pay for their healthcare the answer is thats the problem!...we are forced to pay for their healthcare.End state healthcare and who cares if others choose to use drugs if you aren't force funding the consequences?

Legalize it and don't tax it...same with everything else that doesn't violate the rights of an unconsenting other.

Lou Taylor said...

"Tourists found with $6m worth of P"

7 men from Taiwan. Sounds like a good place to start.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Yes, I saw that. Was it seven men or 'a group of tourists' as described on Radio Left Wing?

Hell, a squad of SAS travelling business class to a hit on some Islamist hijackers would be described by our useless media as 'a group of tourists.'

Anonymous said...

Screw you Lou.

Advocate the death penalty for murderers, thieves and violent thugs? Of course not.
How about the death penalty for fraud of over $5mill. (got to be what an average working mans life is worth) or for wasting more than $5mill. of taxpayer money?
Thought not.
But with drug trafficking we have something that really offends your arbitrary morals. So death penalty for them.

What a joke.

Psycho Milt said...

The death penalty for drug trafficing would be a good start to save money.

Much as I suspect the world could only be a better place if Doug Myers was swinging from the end of a rope, it does seem a little extreme...

Lou Taylor said...

Actually anon
I would support levels of murder with the death penalty for a 1st degree murder.
Other murders, theft and fraud am happy to send to jail as we do now.