Over at LeftIndependent, Pat Rogers points out that presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was one of the co-sponsors of The Combat Meth Act, whose chief effects have been to make it more difficult to buy cold medicines–and to juice up Mexican drug cartels:
On his "crime" issue page U.S. Sen. Barack Obama has this to say about the Combat Methamphetamine Act of 2005.
"Senator Obama cosponsored the Combat Meth Act, which provides more money for fighting methamphetamine (meth), tightens controls on the sale of meth ingredients, and provides assistance to the children of meth abusers."
I can just hear the fool thumping his chest in macho self-gratification for having supported that delusion.
Bridget Johnson, Los Angeles Daily News, in her opinion piece Pseudophedrine restrictions a boon to Mexican cartels reported on 02/03/2007 the government's own National Drug Intelligence Center's assessment of the "success" of Obama's Combat Meth Act
"According to the National Drug Intelligence Center's 2007 National Drug Threat Assessment, "Marked success in decreasing domestic methamphetamine production through law enforcement pressure and strong precursor chemical sales restrictions has enabled Mexican (drug trafficking organizations) to rapidly expand their control over methamphetamine distribution—even in eastern states—as users and distributors who previously produced the drug have sought new, consistent sources." (National Drug Threat Assessment 2007)
Emphasis and links in the original. Rogers notes that three other Democratic presidential candidates–Sens. Joe Biden (Del.), Hillary Clinton (N.Y.), and Christopher Dodd (Conn.)–are also proud co-sponsors of the Meth act.