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Drug Trafficking Through Panama Has Increased - Stephenson
Authored by: susangg on Sunday, March 21 2010 @ 11:46 am EDT

Here's the problem with your approach: IT DOES NOT WORK. Humongous expenditures for the prison industrial complex, undercover task forces, military aid overseas, etc. etc. to fight the "drug war" HAVE NOT WORKED. People still buy drugs to get high. And people will always get high. Either on your drug of choice or their own.
It all boils down to whether its worth it to spend money vitally needed elsewhere, encourage massive corruption in countries like Panama, become embroiled in foreign wars, and jeopardize the constitutional rights of American citizens in the USA, in order to keep people from doing something that is bad for their health in the USA...in other words, to regulate individual behavior so people don't hurt themselves.
I say NO, it isn't.
The fact is that some people are going to screw up their lives and there's nothing that government can do to stop them. And in the process of trying, government is doing great harm to the economy and the social structure of the USA, and promoting destruction of social institutions in other countries.
There is not a solution to fix every problem for everybody.
What the US government can and should do is arrest, prosecute and punish people who HARM OTHER PEOPLE (or put other people in likely danger of harm). Drunk or drugged driving are the same thing, and should be vigorously prosecuted. Anyone who engages in potential dangerous behavior while impaired should be prosecuted. People who sell drugs to kids should be prosecuted.
And some of the money saved by dismantling the hugely expensive "drug war" apparatus can be spent on education and health care that will help SOME (but not ALL) people who insist on abusing harmful substances.
But the government can't save everybody who wants to screw up his own life. And it shouldn't try.
We can't afford it. The world can't afford it.

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