THE DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
US CIVIL WAR RAGES ON
When one is battling a foreign country their resources stem from their own
productivity. We ‘won’ the cold war because the Soviet Union went bankrupt
due its lack of its own resources. The war on drugs is different. We are
funding both sides.
The more we spend on one end (law enforcement) the more scarce drugs become.
Decrease the supply with constant demand and prices rise. Its basic
economics. When the price rises, the supplier has greater incentive to
produce and will ship more. When prices rise more sellers are drawn to
Sure the drug czars lose a few hundred thousand or even a few million here
and there but overall most of the mules will make it and the supply is
replenished. Replenished supply leads to a reduction in price. However our
tax dollar to the war in this game does not fall. It remains constant. If we
again increase enforcement, i.e. increase spending, the same scenario takes
place and every time the price rises we draw more people into business in
the countries which produce drugs.
We (America) then spend more on the same drugs funding the other side of the
war. This results in a massive transfer of wealth from the US to the drug
countries. We are funding both sides of the war. The majority of wealth
transfer is not going for cocaine or heroin but for marijuana.
Currently the former 40 year veteran police chief of Seattle, R. Gil
Kerlikowske, is in control of US drug policy. Given his views in his city it
will be interesting to see what and how he handles this civil war.
The ebb and flow of drug prices
Seattle police chief takes the helm
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