Stopping the Failed War on Drugs Would More than Pay for the Sequester Cuts

Painless and Easy Ways to Cut $83 Billion

Eric Zuesse notes that this year’s subsidy to Wall Street – $83 billion –  exactly equals the amount of the this year’s sequester cuts.

Spiegel reports that ending the failed “war on drugs” would pay for the sequester cuts by itself:

Harvard University professor Jeffrey Miron has advocated the legalization of drugs for decades.


Miron: [P]rohibiting drugs is expensive.

SPIEGEL: How expensive?

Miron: If it legalized drugs, the United States could save $85 billion to $90 billion per year. Roughly half that is spent on the current drugs policy and half that is lost in taxes that the state could have levied on legal drugs.

(Of course, stopping government support for drug dealers might be one place to start.)

And there are many other painless and easy ways to cut $83 billion per year.

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  • nveric

    Another good idea.

    War against Americans is illegal and treasonous. Jailing many expressing freedom and free enterprise is un-American. Simply doing something, largely by yourself, is no crime.

    However, crimethink is all the rage today. One must tow the Empire’s line of servitude and strict obedience, if one’s a subject and subject to those laws reserved for subjects.

    Not only monetary cost, but moral cost in those enforcing such laws.

  • There is no war on drugs, the war is on the freedom and finances of the lower and middle classes.

  • HS

    These things are a matter of perspective. If you look at the War on Drugs as the new segregation, it’s been an unprecedented success. I believe it was this very blog that posted pictures of US soldiers protecting opium fields in Afghanistan. That should tell us everything we need to know about the establishment’s agenda with respect to illicit narcotics. The video below provides a good summary of how US inner cities have become “Escape from New York” type prisons for black people.

    • Patrick Borush

      umm isnt that some radical pro islamic site? i just clicked on it real fast absently without thinkin about it, prob gonna def have my door kicked in now by the feds =P

  • Hugh Yonn

    Over a 3-year period, marijuana was the top cash crop in the state of North Carolina. Tobacco, more than $100 million behind. Cotton is third on the list.

    Marijuana is the top crop in 12 states and ranks among the top three in 30 states.

    Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime…to those that are REAL crimes.

    I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida…charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana.

    As my years in prison rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going…while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow ‘drug offenders,’…we stayed for YEARS.

    I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved…there were no victims.

    We were Americans…doing what Americans do best…living free.

    The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank

  • chuck

    I was thinking more along the line that we should finally be closing the military bases in England, Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea at least for a start. WWII has been over for almost 70 years. Just think of the BILLIONS absolutely wasted in this effort – probably trillions of dollars. And for what?? To keep an imaginary boogy man at bay?? Hell even NATO’s mission was “accomplished” since then and they can’t even get rid of that either. WHAT AN OUTRAGE!!!!!! Why are the defense bills (costs) of these countries STILL falling on the shoulders and in the pocketbooks of the US taxpayer?? Anyway, here’s something else the coming economic crash will….correct.

  • it all fits in with the men who run the world and the inner cities have suffered the most ya think rich and powerful white men don’t like black people so what better way to destroy the black community, but it even gets to the the suburban white kids like me. I have 8 years sober from crack. I have an average penis but i was subjected to porn so young it made me feel inadequate. I have major depressive disorder so it was either acting out with porn and hookers or getting high. I solicited for 12 years which only funded the drug trade so they go hand and hand. Was it chemical makeup or all the shit that the big boys influenced are society with to break America and get their politicians to ignore. The humane thing to do which is to legalize all of it. But the older gens where brainwashed with the propaganda and kept voting the same scum who don’t care or will not think outside the box. Decriminalization is humane the latter is very inhumane.

  • So keep voting the same asshole in too office or have you had enough yet. My perspective is not one who is collecting social security and scared i won’t get my check. Cause Im planning on not receiving one when i qualify. Plus I don’t see myself contributing to the fund anytime soon big Ben said I will stop QE when the unemployment rate drops to a certain %. So ya think the big boys are gonna hire or take free money and get richer hmm.

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