Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I know I've been blogging a lot about marijuana lately the last year or so as well as the broader War on Drugs. But its been a slow news day and this is still very important issue and I'll do my best to not sound repetitive but no promises.
If a Socialist Democrat like Rep. Barney Frank and a Libertarian Republican like Rep. Ron Paul can agree that we should no longer criminalize the use and possession of marijuana, if they can agree on anything. Then we should take their Marijuana Bill in the House seriously and at least take a look at it. Just for the fact that Rep. Frank and Rep. Paul actually agree on something and it may be the last time that they agree on anything. But on a serious note, their bill doesn't Legalize Marijuana without any strings attached which would be irresponsible and they both know that. Their Marijuana Bill simply treats marijuana like alcohol, which does just as much or more damage to people in society and is just as addictive if not more. With Regulation and Taxation just like alcohol, 21 or over to smoke, posses or sale to use as examples. Right now marijuana users get off tax free and don't pay a dime for their marijuana use and have a major advantage over alcohol and tobacco users. Which again is unfair to alcohol and tobacco users and a lot of marijuana users end up using pot their entire Adult Lives without paying a dime in taxes. By the way a lot of these marijuana users don't spend a day in jail or prison, which is good for them and society in general but thats a different blog. To put in the in case you weren't aware file, just because something is illegal, doesn't mean it goes away or isn't done. All you have to do to know this is to take a look at what the oldest profession in the World including America, where its currently illegal as well but thats another blog as well. That profession is alive and well in America and the rest of the World. There's and attempt by me to not sound repetitive.
But my broader appoint is that if people want to do something bad enough, they'll find a way to do it whether its legal or not. Its just a matter at what price they as well as society pays for it. This is true with marijuana, gambling and yes prostitution and I can go down the line as well but in the interest of time and keeping you week I'll spare you, for now. So knowing this we would be better off financially and morally, to take that as fact and instead of prohibiting how adults live their own lives. Lets regulate how these activities are done instead, because since we know that these activities are done. We might as well make them as safe as possible because for the very fact that we know that they are going to be done, whether they are legal or illegal.
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Just to critique Keith Olberman's Special Comment. The American safety net is not America's greatest accomplishment. He's simply dead wrong there and thats the nicest way to put it. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are our greatest accomplishments. The two documents that guarantee our freedoms. That I believe some Americans unfortunately take for granted, but perhaps thats a different piece.
I'll start this piece with a question. Is that the job of the safety net to take care of people? The last time I check the role of a safety net is to catch people who fall and then help them back up. The term safety net implies that, to catch people who have fallen and then help them back up and To not leave them on the ground. The job of government is not to take care of people who are mentally able and physically able bodied. In America if you're physically and mentally capable of working, then your expected to. That the whole reason why we have limits on Unemployment Insurance and now for about fifteen years Welfare Insurance has time limits as well, people on Unemployment and Welfare are expected to go back to work, earn a living and be self-sufficient.
People who end up using public assistance are not expected to life off of taxpayers indefinitely and that government can help people go back to work and help them find jobs and give them assistance to go to school or go back to school to get a good job and not have to live off of taxpayers indefinitely. So when Keith Olberman implies that the safety net's job is to take care of people, he's essentially implying that the people who benefit from these safety net programs no longer have the freedom and responsibility to take care of themselves. Because government will do that for them.
The job of the safety net is to catch people who fall and then help them get back up on their own two feet. Yes, with temporary financial assistance, but more importantly down the the road empower people who need these social insurance programs and I'm not talking about Social Security and Medicare programs that people have paid into their whole lives, but the anti-poverty programs, with education and job placement. The best anti-poverty programs are a good education and a good job. Because then low-income people will become self-sufficient and be able to take care of themselves.
Government's job is to protect and defend its people, not take care of them indefinitely. And when people fall through the cracks, catch them with the safety net (so to speak) but then help them back up with a good education and a good job. So they can stand on their own two feet and take care of themselves.