Obama says no to marijuana tax driven recovery
Obama's decision on Marijuana Tax is a welcome display of common sense.
Obama displayed a lot of common sense in saying no to the marijuana tax proposal.There is a lot more at stake here than the tax itself, America will need to change first.
America's enormous appetite for marijuana and other illicit drugs like cocaine and speed continue unabated.Taxing marijuana would bring in enough dollars to buy a small country or two!
The American Government estimates that 20 billion dollars will be spent on marijuana this year. Australians also spend a lot on illicit drugs according to statistics it is around 6 billion for elicit drugs and a whopping 56 billion a year including tobacco and alcohol. We only have a 23 million population, so that's probably only being spent by 5 or 6 million people at most.
I feel sure that the new incumbents under the guidance of Barry the wonder-boy Obama will have had mixed feelings about losing the 20 billions in tax they could be collecting, but the admin knows it wont fly.
The truth is that even Obama could not get this one up.
The attitude of middle America is to take a moral stance on illicit drugs. No matter how logical it may seem to tax and control drugs, taxing marijuana never stood a chance with the electorate.
Obama will not to try to get it up. Why lose popularity over an idea that would not be accepted by congress, the senate or the American people.
The above video shows clearly what lengths an American interviewer will go to avoid any self evident truth or statistics even when they come from the police. He is reflecting the attitude of many Americans.
If he had sided with the pro lobbyist he would lose his job.The interesting thing is that he makes one Freudian slip after another and the interview will do more for the lobbyist than a hundred protests rallies! It is also funny as hell at least to me sitting in Australia!
Common sense can prevail.
Obama has admitted that he smoked marijuana (and inhaled for dog's sake!) He has not expressed the outrage that we heard from wowsers like George Bush. Obama has focused more on harm management and other less extreme views.
You could say he has kept under the radar for now.
Addressing the issue of drugs and taxes.
I feel sure that Obama knows that America cannot afford to go on with the war against drugs.He will also know that prohibition creates markets.
The problem with legalising and taxing popular drugs is that you will be taxing a very cheap commodity the moment it is legal and controlled it will of course create another market if it is not kept very cheap. So much for the 20 billion in turnover!
Tax on your marijuana too high? Black market it. Quality not good enough? grow your own, the cops will never smell it amongst the suburban haze!
Once it is legal what next? Coke? crack? Speed? Heroin?
Imagine all the cops, judges, politicians, news anchors, stockbrokers now open users who will all dutifully go outside their homes to smoke their government sanctioned weed or have a quick sniff on the bus.
No this is not the way to solve the drug problem. Decent education and income goes a lot further than taxing drugs to solve drug problems.The middle class user has nothing to fear. They have all the money, contacts and never need to sell drugs, they use them quietly at home.
Those of us who don't have to feed a dozen people with no money are not in a position to cast aspersions on those who are forced to sell drugs to feed their kids and keep a roof over their heads.
It is these underprivileged that are constantly being locked up. They are America's forgotten poor, who's lives are used as entertainment on TV shows like "Bad Boys" which is the most disgusting public display of human rights abuse I have ever seen! How can any humane being watch that shit?.
What will America do about it's drug problems?
The only positive action America can take is to change the public perception of drug use. America must get away from the stereotypical "reefer madness" like view still expressed on today's news. A changed in attitude away from the non worldly views expressed by the very loud and squeaky religious. The religious extremists force "morality" on drug issues and stifle all arguments. No one in America wins an argument started with "I don't believe your opinion just because you think your god believe it is right.
It's like talking to a bloody jingo box! The very religious never hear anything.They ignore your argument. If they hear it at all, it is only because they are listening while scrambling around looking for a quote from the book they think steers their life. The then proceed to abuse you mentally with some stupid religious passage left to them by their invisible friend, who apparently tortures all who do not obey him, or at least their version of him.
Get this crud off centre stage America! America is up against it with getting any progress past these dangerously self assured fanatics, and it will take a deft hand at the helm to steer Americas future.Maybe Obama can do it?