And it’s been over 40 years since President Johnson started the war on poverty. I think poverty won that war. After 40+ years we still have about the same proportion of the population grappling with poverty.
I wish somebody would write an article about the failure of the war on poverty. We can and should discuss the war on drugs. Drugs have caused lots of devastation to our country. But the war on poverty and its abject failure has similarly had huge negative consequences. And these consequences never get talked about.
Nixon’s war on drugs was an evil Republican war, perhaps?
Whereas LBJ’s war on poverty was a good Democrat war.
Whenever the Government declares a war on anything, it is actually a war on our “Rights.” In that respect, both the war on poverty, and the war on drugs have been a huge success.
And just think, Obama may be ending the war on terror......
The NY Times is always right and the Caps Lock is really convincing.
It’s also time for the war on poverty to end. That one’s being going on longer, and it’s proven a dismal failure.
“It’s time for the WOD to end. (for more than a few reasons)”
Which isn’t to say we have to legalize everything or give up on efforts to prevent destructive addictions, but clearly approaching drug abuse almost entirely as a law enforcement problem has not been very effective. OTOH, alcohol is legal and it continues to be a problem, and abuse of it appears to me to be even a growing problem among young adults. I don’t know what the answer is.
Perhaps, but I’d like to know why so many of these left-wing douchenozzles who are advocating to end the war on drugs and decriminalize marijuana are working so hard at the same time to criminalize tobacco and cigarettes.
I fought the drugs and the drugs won,
I fought the drugs and the drugs won!
....every day 60,000 addicts wake up in Baltimore hustling to get the money for their next fix....make it legal and they’ll still be robbing, stealing and turning tricks to come up with the money.
Remarks Following the Swearing-in Ceremony for William J. Bennett as Director of National Drug Control Policy
But those here and across the country who join me today in our just war against drugs may take some renewed confidence in our prospects for success because the President of the United States has placed this struggle at the top of his administration's agenda, at the top of our common national agenda where it needs to be.
My office is already conducting an exhaustive review of our national fight against drugs on both supply and demand sides. Where past strategy has succeeded, we will see to it that it's continued. Where past strategy has failed, we will see that it's replaced or modified.
You can see for yourself how Dr. Bennett's brainchild has failed on both the supply and demand side:
There’s been no “war on drugs.” If there were a war on drugs, all of the dopers would be dead.
Ha ha, drugs aren’t the only winners, check my tagline...