Pubdate: Sat, 01 Jul 2000
Date: 07/01/2000
Source: Liberty Magazine (US)
Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth
Note: Headline by Newshawk

Just remember that the drug czars' jobs depend on the perpetual
prosecution of, but never a victory in, the drug war. Also, remember
that the politicians depend on the drug war and its rhetoric to scare
up votes (by scaring voters). And remember that politicians rely on
the drug war to sustain their constituent industries that depend on
the economics of prohibition in order to make generous profits and
campaign contributions that keep the drug warrior politicians in power
and, thereby keep themselves in business.

Maybe the politicians are required to adhere to the party line of
prohibition because law enforcement, customs, the prison industrial
complex, the drug testing industry, the INS, the CIA, the FBI, the
DEA, the politicians themselves et al can't live without the budget
justification, not to mention the invisible profits, bribery,
corruption and forfeiture benefits that prohibition affords them.

Myron Von Hollingsworth,
Fort Worth, Tex.