Saturday, May 15, 2010

Obama refocuses on war on drugs as public health fight

This week President Obama promised to "reduce drug use and the great damage it causes" with a new national policy that he said treats drug use more as a public health issue and focuses on prevention and treatment.

Nevertheless, his administration has increased spending on interdiction and law enforcement to record levels both in dollars and in percentage terms; this year, they account for $10 billion of his $15.5 billion drug-control budget.

Another example of the typical Obama strategy: Say one thing, do another thing, and accomplish nothing.

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