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Jed Dilligan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-21-06 06:42 PM
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62. Most crime is drug-related
Legalized drugs (marijuana taxed/sold like alcohol, hard drugs distributed at govt. clinics) would leave a lot of people, especially in the ever-growing prison industry, under-employed. But I doubt they would then want to give up their incomes, benefits, authority, and political influence. Prison guards are, for instance, the most influential lobby in California. People given the kind of dictatorial position that War-on-Drugs era police personnel hold have never given it up without a fight. They'll need some new "War" to justify continuation of business.

Police are paid out of the same property taxes that fund schools. If we had the guts to take a little risk, shift some money from one to the other, we would see an across-the-board benefit (including crime reduction) in just a few years. Not educating people and then paying armed men to protect us from them is stupid.
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