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Facts: Irrelevant Nuisances in Bush’s Drug War

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Posted on Sep 5, 2006

With a government agency reporting that the White House has wasted $1.4 billion on an antiquated, naive anti-drug campaign, Yahoo’s health expert recommends that Bush pull his head out of the sand in his fight against America’s drug problems.


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The Bush administration has once again stuck its head in the sand when it comes to effectively combating drug addiction in the United States.  Rather than admitting that its much touted, $1.4 billion ad campaign has failed to lower drug use, the administration continues to arrogantly boasts that it is a success.  As in Iraq, the administration’s strategy boils down to, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” regardless the facts.

The General Accountability Office (GAO) reported to Congress last week that the $1.4 billion dollars spent by the White House drug czar since 1998 on an antiquated, naïve ad campaign “does not appear to have helped reduce drug use and instead might have convinced some youths that taking illegal drugs is normal.”  This assessment was echoed by another government-funded (to the tune of $43 million) study that found that the ads were ineffective. 
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By R. A. Earl, September 6, 2006 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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Anyone on the street, except the bought and paid for apologists of the “party line” (politicians, police, justice system, etc.) KNOWS that the “War on Drugs” is a total failure.

But enforcement is BIG BUSINESS. There are hundreds of thousands of families who are completely dependent on the income “earned” by engaging in the fruitless/endless chase to stamp out illegal drugs.

You don’t really think those folk are going to own up to participating in a pork-barrel fraud do you? You don’t really think any of them is going to do anything to jeopardize their incomes do you?

But look on the brighter side. If the White House didn’t waste 1.4 billion on their ineffective war on drugs, they’d waste it some other way. Anything but spend it on EDUCATION, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, SOCIAL SERVICES, PHARMACARE FOR THE ELDERLY, etc.! Anything but spend it on the PEOPLE TO WHOM THE MONEY BELONGS!

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