Skepticalsinner’s Weblog

WordPress friendly Blog! – I’m a lot less friendly at skepticalsinner.com/blog

Posts Tagged ‘prohibition

2010 Midterm election, oh you silly people.

leave a comment »

I wanted to sum up my feelings about the result of last night’s election.  However it will take most of the day to coherently sort out the resigned disappointment from the despair at the outright apathy and/or stupidity of the voting majority of the American People.

Highlights so far:

Oklahoma passes Sharia Law ban. Because, you know, that wussy 1st Ammendment isn’t enough (or are we planning on repealing it, now Oklahoma doesn’t need it any more)

Californian’s vote to continue costly prohibition. Mainly because the voting base who would have voted to end it, stayed home.

However, while I can’t eloquently formulate my position at 5:16am. a poster at the highly underrated arstechnica.com forums pretty much nailed it for me.

Mikeyk said:

“Our country likes to cut off its nose to spite its face from time to time without thinking about the consequences. Thanks to not bothering to pay attention to reality, we are now going to give more tax cuts to the wealthy that they don’t need, and haven’t added a single job during the current recession, and was borrowed to pay for it, and will continue piling on to the federal debt. Now we also get to watch Mr. “No You Can’t” become Speaker of the House and the subpoena machine ramp up for a witch hunt against Obama, his administration, and other Democratic members of both Houses. As for those without a job and those that lost their Health Insurance, don’t worry, extended benefits will now get cut since your too lazy to look for a job (that doesn’t exist) and you’ll probably lose the cobra assistance that helped pay for you Health Insurance while looking for a new job (that still doesn’t exist).

And now that we’ve saved some money by cutting off UI payments and cobra costs, they can work on cutting some more costs, meaning more lost jobs and Health Insurance during the worst recession since the Great Depression. Welcome to the double dip. Welcome to more foreclosures, more bankruptcies, and more job losses in the name of cutting Federal spending, all those people will now stop paying into the tax pool and instead will drain more cash from the Government via their unemployment benefits. You asked for change because things didn’t move fast enough for you, and instead voted yourself into grid lock, congratulations on screwing your country up even more”

Thanks mikeyk for posting that, while I don’t think (and certainly hope ) things won’t get quite that bad, I sincerely hope you don’t mind me sharing what you so eloquently summed up.

Of course, if the democrats hadn’t squandered a supermajority, and did the right thing as opposed to what they thought might get them re-elected (hah!) the D base wouldn’t have been some horribly uninspired.

Oh well, I will take solace in the fact that Sharron Angle didn’t get elected, although Reid seriously needs to step down. I feel bad that Christine O’Donnell didn’t get in,  we’d have had comedy for 6 years. We have Rand Paul still, I enjoyed his acceptance speech – but I think he’s going to find he’s in over his head. Or, potentially, become a younger version of his dad, Ron. Which wouldn’t necessarily be all bad.

Oh well… way to go USA.

Advertisements

Written by skepticalsinner

November 3, 2010 at 5:28 am

The War on Drugs. Not so much as a “Mission Accomplished”

leave a comment »

I came across two excellent opinion pieces.

One from the LA Times 
The United States’ so-called war on drugs brings to mind the old saying that if you find yourself trapped in a deep hole, stop digging. Yet, last week, the Senate approved an aid package to combat drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America, with a record $400 million going to Mexico and $65 million to Central America.
The United States has been spending $69 billion a year worldwide for the last 40 years, for a total of $2.5 trillion, on drug prohibition — with little to show for it. Is anyone actually benefiting from this war? Six groups come to mind.”

And One from Matt Hutchens from the MPP
“For almost forty years, America has been engaged in a war which has cost us trillions of dollars and ruined the lives of millions of our citizens. We have been fighting against drugs in a street war across the country. The definition enemy combatant has changed through the course of this conflict, first encompassing only the smugglers and distributors, then growing to include users, and now reaching beyond our borders to the farmers in the developing world who produce the source crops. Today we are told that all these parties are contributing to the forces of Terror, and that the whole chain of enemy forces is complicit in a conspiracy against us. If this were true, though, wouldn’t we disarm our enemies by taking control of the economic forces that are the source of their power?”

Prohibition fails. Prohibition puts money in the hands of those who have no disregard for law, order, decency or justice. That money isn’t taxed, or accounted for. It’s laundered and used to buy guns. It’s used to corrupt law enforcement officers. It’s used …more

Written by skepticalsinner

July 8, 2008 at 11:58 am