Pubdate: Thu, 11 Dec 2003
Source: Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2003 Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal
Author: Clifford Schaffer
Cited: DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy


Editor, The Journal

I hate to rain on anyone's parade, or interfere with the good things
that Mike Harcourt said but the final comment in that piece was rather
interesting: Where is Elliot Ness when we need him?

I regret to inform Hubert Beyer that Elliot Ness was a failure. Yeah,
he busted a lot of people and poured a lot of illegal brew down the
gutter. But he didn't really change anything. Al Capone and his
friends still made millions - so much so that decades later the
Guiness Book of World Records still listed Al Capone as the private
citizen with the highest income ever. All of the people Elliot Ness
busted were quickly replaced by more people after those illegal millions.

The situation didn't really change until alcohol was legalized again.
There is a message in that.

Clifford Schaffer

Director, DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy

Agua Dulce, California