Sophisticated drug tunnels found in desert

Drug Tunnel found in 2012Reuters is reporting that the San Diego Tunnel Task Force has found two different sophisticated drug smuggling tunnels in the desert between Mexico and a warehouse facility in San Diego, complete with ventilation systems and railways.

Enabled by our War on Drugs, well-designed tunnel systems that travel underneath the U.S./Mexican border enable the transport of large quantities of drugs between countries.  Tunnels usually connect with innocuous-looking buildings to avoid unwanted suspicion.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said of the incident that “going underground is not a good business plan”.  In actuality, going underground is the only business plan to avoid the expensive and ineffective drug enforcement laws instituted within the United States.

The report said that in the past eight years, the feds have uncovered at least 80 different cross-border smuggling tunnels – California and Arizona serving as the more popular entrance points into the country.  This, of course, only scratches the surface of the true physical network of drug-enabling systems into the U.S.

For every tunnel found, dozens more exist.  How much money does it cost to plan and execute surveillance programs that seek to uncover drug tunnels?  When virtually any middle-school aged student can get their hands on drugs, we must ask ourselves: is it worth it?

Is it worth it?

Can legalizing pot ease our national debt?

potLibertarians have long supported the legalization of marijuana and putting an end to the expensive War on Drugs program on constitutional grounds, arguing the federal government has no business regulating drug use.  But, the legalization of marijuana has an attractive side benefit as well – it would flood government coffers with billions in additional revenue.

According to a Cato Institute study, legalizing marijuana will result in an additional $8.7 billion in yearly federal and state tax revenue.  In a time of excessive national debt and threats of a credit default, the prudent and expeditious dismantling of drug prohibitions is a wise choice.

Not only will government revenue increase, spending will decrease.  The study found that eliminating drug control will reduce government expenditures by more than $40 billion every year.

Several states have already legalized marijuana, including Washington and Colorado.  Nearly twenty other states have medical marijuana allowances as part of their laws and several additional states are looking to follow suit – for good reason.

The Libertarian party is correct that the federal government has no business regulating drugs.  The trillion dollar failure stands as a prime example of what happens when government involves itself in matters of the people.  Prohibition failed before, and it is failing again.  Further, it costs the American taxpayer dearly to maintain the failure.  What does the United States have to show for our expensive War on Drugs?  Larger prisons.  Huge drug cartels.  Complex underground drug transportation networks that get innocent people killed every day.

The War on Drugs denies the most basic human right of all people to control their own bodies in ways they see fit.  Did you know that over 100,000 die every year from drugs?  But, there is a catch!  These are not illegal drugs.  These are prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  More than 100,000 deaths yearly from FDA-approved drugs.

How many do you think die from marijuana?  You might be surprised to find out that deaths are extremely rare from marijuana consumption.

The fact of the matter is hemp is actually quite useful as a natural, environmentally-friendly resource.  Hemp can be made into a variety of products that Americans use every day, like paper and plastic, and even clothing.  It is also an incredibly effective medicine and far cheaper for most Americans than swallowing a bunch of expensive pharmaceutical drugs – drugs that might kill them.

Drug legalization lowers costs of drugs, easing related drug crimes and reducing the effectiveness of large and deadly drug cartels.  Drug sales are taxed and therefore a legitimate business, raising enormous amounts of revenue for our cash-strapped government.  Our prison population will ease, leaving more room for true criminals – those who cheat, steal and murder.  Local police departments will free up to investigate more important crimes that directly involve our safety…not to mention respond to accidents and 911 calls more quickly.

Stop our harebrained and foolhardy adherence to a failed system of prohibition.  It saves Americans money.  It restores the Constitution.  It implements sanity.

Ann Coulter makes a fool out of herself in front of 1000 Libertarians

220px-Ann_Coulter2Debating with liberals and conservatives at the International Students for Liberty conference in Washington D.C., raging conservative and political loudmouth Ann Coulter demonstrated how little she knows about the cause of freedom and liberty when she likened drug legalization and gay marriage to “sucking up to liberals” and “being pussies”.

The discussion was hosted by Libertarian John Stossel.  Coulter, who apparently thought insulting a crowd of 1000 students with asinine and uninformed comments regarding the Libertarian position on social issues like drugs and gay marriage was a good idea, proved once again how little both liberals and conservatives know of true freedom.  Liberty is not a comedy act, Ms. Coulter.

“This is why people think libertarians are pussies,” Coulter said of marijuana legalization.  “We’re living in a country that is 70 percent socialist, the government takes 60 percent of your money… And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, ‘Oh, but we want to legalize pot.’”

“You know, if you’re a little more manly you would tell them what your position on employment discrimination is.”  Ann Coulter – lecturing Libertarians on how to be true men.

Stossel then pressed Coulter on the issue of gay marriage.  “Why can’t gays get married like straights do?” he asked.  To a widespread chorus of boos from the crowd, Coulter said gays can get married…to members of the opposite sex. “This is another one where you’re just sucking up to liberals,” Coulter said. “Liberals want to destroy the family so that you will have one loyalty, and that is to the government.”  That’s cute.

Calling marriage the “most important institution to civilize young people”, Coulter supports making divorce more difficult instead, apparently favoring the idea of keeping unfit couples together for the sake of a “civilized youth” – however the math for that works out.

Appropriately, Stossel reminded the shock conservative commentator that the Libertarian position on gay marriage, like every other position, is about individual freedom and liberty to live your life without interference from an overarching governing body.  “No, we believe the individual should be left alone,” he said.

I don’t know what you’re on, Ms. Coulter, but whatever it is, I am sure you’d make good money selling it to others – if it were legal.