Here’s Ann Coulter on why we need a war on drugs at the recent International Students For Liberty conference:
“[T]his is why people think libertarians are pussies…We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socialist. The government takes 60 percent of your money. They are taking care of your health care, of your pensions. They’re telling you who you can hire, what the regulations will be. And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, ‘Oh, but we want to legalize pot.’…
“[I]t is my business when we are living in a welfare state. You get rid of the welfare state, then we’ll talk about drug legalization but right now I have to pay for — oh it turns out coming down the pike, your health care. I’ve got to pay your unemployment when you can’t hold a job. I have to pay for your food, for your housing. Yeah, it’s my business.”
Here’s Jonathan Alter of Bloomberg View on why we need a war on soda on The Ed Show this week:
What I don’t think the debate is focused enough on are the costs. Everybody pays when somebody is overweight, obese and goes to the hospital with diabetes. This is the major cost that we face as a society: it’s at the root of the entitlements debate. It’s all about rising healthcare costs, and rising healthcare costs – a big chunk of that – is about one commodity, sugar. And the sugar industry is hugely powerful. They work with these Republicans who are against the so-called nanny-state and they make it very hard for progressive social policy to move forward.
If proximity to the liberal position is what makes one a pussy, then who’s the pussy here, Ms. Coulter?