Yeah, Let’s Throw Away More Tax Money! Obama Boosts War On Drugs


Nice speeches… But same old Drug War.

​Contrary to campaign promises and past policy statements, the Obama Administration is expanding the War on (Some) Drugs and focusing funds toward law enforcement over treatment.

Opinion? No, fact. According to 2011 funding “highlights” released this week by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the administration budgets $15.5 billion for Drug War spending in 2011, an increase of 3.5 percent over 2010.
Even more ominously, the 2011 budget represents an increase of 5.2 percent in overall enforcement funding ($9.9 billion in 2011 vs. $9.7 billion in 2010).
For the non-policy-wonks among you who aren’t into numbers, this is roughly the equivalent of throwing 15 and a half billion dollars up a wild hog’s ass and hollering “soooEEEEEE!”

Graphic: SC Prog Blog

​Addiction treatment and preventative measures are budgeted to increase from $5.2 billion to $5.6 billion.
Incredibly, President Obama chose to continue funding the wasteful National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, an incompetent boondoggle run by Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske’s office.
The campaign has for years wasted shocking amounts of money on absurd and laughable anti-marijuana ads which, if anything, serve only to highlight the intellectual bankruptcy of prohibition.
The ads have also proved to be totally ineffective at stopping or even slowing teen drug use, with some evidence indicating their net effect is to increase youthful drug experimentation.
One such ad released in 2006 even implies that marijuana use can lead to rape, a particularly dishonest claim considering that alcohol, a legal drug, is a factor in a huge majority of sexual assaults.
Aaron Houston: “The President is throwing good money after bad when what we really need is a new direction”

​”This budget reflects the same Bush-era priorities that led to the total failure of American drug policy during the last decade,” said Aaron Houston, director of government relations at the Marijuana Policy Project.
“One of the worst examples is $66 million requested for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign when every independent study has called it a failure,” Houston said.
“The President is throwing good money after bad when what we really need is a new direction.”
Americans, here is an example of type of stupid bullshit propaganda being funded by YOUR tax money: