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Biden Says Drug Users Shouldn't Be Jailed but Won't Do Anything To Stop It

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"No one should go to jail for the use of a drug," President Joe Biden told Americans during a televised Q&A session Tuesday night. He's correct, of course—and also a hypocrite. Because if Biden really believes what he said and wants to do something about it, he has myriad options. Instead, he talks a good game on decriminalizing drugs while doing nothing of consequence.

For a first step, Biden could absolve prisoners serving time in federal facilities for using criminalized drugs. The president needn't wait until his term is up to issue pardons and clemencies; why not start freeing victims of the U.S. war on drugs right now?

Biden could also encourage members of Congress and leaders in his party to introduce and support measures that could help end America's failed, discriminatory, and disastrous drug war. These could include "moving marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), a category supposedly reserved for exceptionally dangerous drugs with no accepted medical use, to Schedule II, which indicates that a drug has a high abuse potential but can be used as a medicine, might facilitate research" notes Reason's Jacob Sullum. And if that change can't make it past Congress, perhaps Biden could endorse "a less radical approach, embodied in a 2017 bill that attracted bipartisan support in the House, [that would] revise the CSA's marijuana ban so that it does not apply to state-legal conduct."

Biden could also bypass Congress on some aspects of ending the drug war. The American Civil Liberties Union urges the new president to "issue an executive order declaring an end to the war on drugs, directing federal prosecutors to no longer pursue drug cases, commuting the sentences of people serving time for drug-related cases, and pardoning people with past criminal convictions for drug-related offenses."

Clearly, Biden has no qualms about executive power, having signed more than 30 executive orders in his first week in office alone. These have covered matters both urgent and not so urgent, but none have addressed drug policy.

One of the simplest actions Biden could take is speaking out against policies that escalate drug criminalization. He could start by condemning a bill being proposed by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, which create a new bureau within the Department of Justice to target online content promoting "major crimes." The example he supplies of a major crime? Someone trying to sell or purchase drugs.

Manchin's drug-war-perpetuating "See Something, Say Something Online" Act would also penalize tech companies for not immediately reporting public content or private messages about drugs to federal authorities. Biden has been silent about it.

So far, it seems the Biden administration wants credit for saying the right words about the drug war without actually having to take any action.


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"Cancel culture" confusion. As Republicans continue to make the phrase their next big political talking point, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds that only 52 percent of respondents had even heard the term—"a number that's virtually unchanged since last fall," HuffPost notes. "Only 22% of those who've heard the term―roughly a tenth of the public―say they've ever used it themselves. Among those who are familiar with the term, 67% say it is a 'very' or 'somewhat' serious problem."

Meanwhile, in California…


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Biden says he won't cancel student loan debt, in a break with the more left-leaning elements of the Democratic Party:


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• Donald McNeil, the veteran New York Times reporter fired for allegedly saying a racial slur aloud when discussing it with high school students during a Times-led trip to Peru, disputes the teenagers' characterizations of their conversation. "I'm amazed at what's happening. I feel like I'm facing students 'recovered memories' from two years ago," McNeil wrote to friends in an email obtained by The Daily Beast.

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  1. Biden was great last night. 2 biggest take aways.

    There was no vaccine created during trumls presidency.

    Black people don’t know how to schedule appointments on the internet.

    Good work joe.

    1. You can just see the 1990s creeping out of old Joe when he talks but thankfully his conscious views have evolved.

      1. “Joe still says vaguely racist stuff every now and then but he doesn’t mean tweet and mostly mouths the right words now so it’s all good.”

        1. “The TV people tell me Joe is a good person with proper values, so it doesn’t matter what he says or does.”

          1. and Joe and Jill Bidens love is so amazing its now the most important thing in this nation to see two people in love again. remember when they made the BS video of Bill and Hillarys love on the beachs of normandy. the more people talk of their love the more likely they are just trying to convince us of their love when there is no love. Its all theater to these people

    2. You forgot that Cultural Genocide and disappearing dissidents is just another cuktural norm and good for Chinese Unity

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    4. Give sleepy joe a break. It’s just a continuation of the “black people can’t get ID theme”.

      Thank goodness for liberal white saviors who defend the helpless.

  2. How many people did SleepyJoe murder with the China virus this year?

    1. Stephen L. Miller
      @redsteeze
      Since Joe Biden took office, 79,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. Think about that. That is 26.5 9/11s, or 6 world trade centers coming down every single day of Joe Biden’s presidency. This is shameful. We cannot look away.

      1. Fuckin’ LOL at him dunking on that malbushim soy faggot Aaron Rupar when Rupar whined about the tweet.

  3. No one should go to jail for the use of a drug…

    But as long as he and the Veep are putting you in jail, drugs are as good a reason as any.

  4. Another leftist narrative debunked…. no protesters didn’t bring zip ties in, they were picked up from a desk so Capitol officers couldn’t use them.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1361737783036039170

    1. Leaving zip ties unattended shows a total disregard for human life.

      1. Zip ties dont arrest people, people arrest people.

      2. Every responsible zip tie owner stores them in a zip tie safe.

      3. Anyone wanna meet at the zip range and check out all my cool zip ties?

        1. Lol

          Well played

    2. We need common sence zip tie laws

      1. Universal safe words.

    3. Best response to that tweet:
      he ziptied civilians in fallujah for your freedom

  5. As Republicans continue to make the phrase their next big political talking point, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds that only 52 percent of respondents had even heard the term…

    I’m guessing it’s not going to be their only talking point, but it hardly matters. The party in power always very helpfully gives voters obvious reasons to vote for the opposition in the midterms.

    1. Still WAY ahead of “Latinx”.

  6. New bill from Republican state Sen. Melissa Melendez aims to “fight against cancel culture” by adding political affiliation as a protected class.

    If this is a troll, it’s not a terrible one.

    1. So do I have to bake the cake or not?

      1. Yes, along as the image is donkey on donkey or elephant on elephant. Cross species cakes are still ok to discriminate against.

        1. *as long

    2. Well, if religious belief is protected, why not political beliefs?

      1. Because Republicans are evil, and religious beliefs never lead to evil.

    3. No longer will Libertarians have to suffer persecution for impromptu public strip-teases. Overtly bigoted dress codes that forbid oversized, absurd, or ironic headwear will be a thing of the past as well.

    4. The Ds already did that in the 1950s. Well, for Communists

  7. Biden says he won’t cancel student loan debt…

    What if the student loan was taken out getting a degree in solar panel manufacturing? Anyway, don’t cry too hard, my millennial friends. President Harris’ handlers might believe in the cause.

  8. Man douses self in gasoline, threatens to kill himself.

    Cop 1: “If we tase him, he is going to light on fire.”
    Cops 2 & 3: *tase him*
    Man: *lights on fire, burns alive*
    House also burns down.

    If you ever have suicidal thoughts, police will always show up to help.

    1. Finally. Another cop sarcasmic can attack after having to defend the one that killed a 10 year veteran at the Capitol.

      1. And yes, both cops were in the wrong.

        1. The cop who fucked Sarcasmic’s ex-wife was in the right.

          1. You can’t say “right”. It’s racist and sexist, and a lot of other -ist things.

  9. Biden says he won’t cancel student loan debt, …
    What an authoritarian tyrant.

    1. I listened to that and was like “WTF is this” but then he finished it with “I’ll do 10k via executive action”.

      1. 10K this week which won’t be enough so 5 weeks of 10 k or more will do the job

      2. He finished with something like “I don’t think I’m allowed to do 50K.”

        That utterance can be interpreted in more than one way.

        1. But I am sure he only means it in one way – – – – – – – – – –

  10. The New York Times
    @nytimes
    Unfettered conversations are taking place on Clubhouse, an invitation-only app that lets people gather in audio chatrooms.

    The platform has exploded in popularity, despite grappling with concerns over harassment, misinformation and privacy.

    Our darkest days are ahead of us.

    1. “despite grappling with concerns over… misinformation”

      Good thing that the New York Times has never been guilty of that.

      1. This was a good one the user name and comment are a great 1-2 punch

        1. + eleventy

    2. Read “despite grappling with concerns over harassment, misinformation and privacy” as “despite our default assumption that the platform will be used in ways we don’t approve.”

    3. Oh, my God!!
      They have re-invented the conference call!!
      RUN!!!

      1. Funny but true also isn’t this just like Skype or Zoom is now? i don’t know i haven’t used either yet.

        1. Same thing without the pictures

    4. Our darkest days are ahead of us.

      People are out there saying ANYTHING THEY WANT!

      1. I might hear something disagreeable! Fetch me my fainting couch!

        1. And worse, I can’t tape the evidence and use it to shame or destroy the one who offended me. Horror!

  11. John Stossel and Edward Snowden debate internet privacy.

    The winner was judged by who had the bigger novelty scissors.

    1. I know the Cuomo brothers and they are no Cuomo brother. Leave novelty props to experts.

  12. This amazing Biden economy continues to reward the billionaires who carried him to victory.

    In 2021 Democrats have raised the minimum wage by: $0.00 / hour

    In 2021 Reason.com benefactor Charles Koch’s net worth has increased by: $3.48 billion

    Mr. Koch earned $1,210,000,000 yesterday. Which should clear up any confusion as to why so many of his Reason.com employees endorsed Biden.

    #BidenBoom
    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    1. *rubs hands and laughs maniacally*

      Sullum, write me a column to celebrate!

  13. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office today projected national debt will grow to double the size of the economy by 2051 under current law.

    Our government will not let that happen. 2036, by the absolute latest.

    1. If I were a bureaucrat I would have been really offended by that implication that we weren’t trying hard enough.

    2. SleepyJoe sez “hold my beer”.

  14. Political polarization is having far-reaching impacts on American life, harming consumer welfare and creating challenges for people ranging from elected officials and policymakers to corporate executives and marketers…

    People who can’t make fun of both sides is missing out on 50% of enjoyment in life.

    1. “I’m glad that my subscription to Political-Box.Com’s Poli-Swag provides me with all the talking points I need to debate my family during the holidays, annoy my coworkers, and above all, give me the arrogance and smugness that I need to get through my boring, cookie-cutter consumer life! Who needs to be unique these days?! Un-think today with Political-Box.com!”

  15. Biden says a lot of shit. Even when he knows what he’s saying, he doesn’t mean it. You can ignore half of what he says and believe the exact opposite of the other half, the trick is knowing which half is which.

    1. What about the 3rd half that is just gibberish?

      1. “True internanasha pressure”

    2. Biden doesn’t even know which is which

  16. I’m amazed at what’s happening. I feel like I’m facing students ‘recovered memories’ from two years ago…

    Someone will soon comb through the archives to see if and how Donald McNeil reported on the McMartin preschool abuse prosecution.

    Anyway, kids today are rewarded for being victims and therefore default to that condition. When talking to them, keep that in mind.

    1. Is this a consequence of prioritizing sensitivity over pride?

      “No shame in being a victim” v. “I can survive anything”

      1. It’s a consequence of widening what constitutes victimization and of appeasing identity politics mobs. It may be the natural result of working to remove the stigmatization of being a victim, but I think there are other perverse incentives we’ve conjured up that really made it happen.

        1. It’s a consequence of denigrating success and victory. If the successful, wealthy and capable are despised as privileged, then advantage goes to the victim.

          1. Now you’re getting it.

        2. “…… other perverse incentives.”

          Virtue signaling and identifying villains being two. Or is that one?

          1. Rewarding virtue signaling.

      2. More like “When I was 5 my dad bludgeoned my mom to death and chopped my legs off with an axe yet today I am competing in the Olympic bicycle racing trials, am happily married and have a beautiful baby boy” versus “I know just how you feel, when I was 5 my dad bought me the wrong color of My Little Pony and today I’ve finished my 20th year of therapy over the incident.”

    2. To quote the great philosopher Eric Draven “victims, aren’t we all”

      1. To quote the amateur philosopher EISTAU Gree-Vance “Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair.” ™

    3. They’re really playing with fire on this.

      My wife’s a squishy liberal and a schoolteacher, but she and her colleagues have been bitching all week about the privilege workshops they’ve been forced to participate in, which a black colleague described as, “a couple of white ladies telling me what the black experience really is.”

      I mean if your argument is a loser with the NJEA rank and file then you might have a problem.

  17. “So far, it seems the Biden administration wants credit for saying the right words about the drug war without actually having to take any action.”

    I really appreciate libertarians bringing this up but in fairness Biden has changed the Trump DOJ policy of hitting every defendant with the harshest possible charges. And he intends to nominate public defenders as US Attorneys and Fed Judges which should help. I think we’ll see the legislative part of criminal law reform after the Covid bill is passed. And hopefully more executive action as well.

    1. (Fucking First Step Act)

      1. I’ll give you righties some credit here. A good percentage of y’all have definitely come around on the drug war. But unfortunately the politicians who represent you guys are further behind.

        1. You are aware that most people favor legalized everything, Biden authored most of the current drug legislation, and Obama had the most draconian crack down on states that legalized pot. This must have slipped your mind, because you couldn’t possibly be that stupid

          1. Most people here*

          2. This must have slipped your mind, because you couldn’t possibly be that stupid

            Ye of little faith.

          3. Obamanmade it a federal crime punishable by SWAT for legal dispensaries and growers to use our electronic banking sysytem in any way

            1. He also sent in swat teams to the Amish because they sold raw milk in DC, the monsters

        2. Progressives started every drug war and remain its biggest boosters.

  18. “Biden Says Drug Users Shouldn’t Be Jailed but Won’t Do Anything To Stop It”

    I’m glad because that’s congress and the individual state’s job, not his.
    I wish he would have left about 56 other things to congress and the states recently.

  19. Hello
    my name is Rev kuck and it has been 6 days since I last clicked a sullum article.
    I saw the headline and almost clicked it, but then remembered that he doesn’t bring anything to the conversation, and isn’t worth my time

    1. Better man than I.
      I always bite.

      1. There is help. There are people that care about you. Me, commenter xy, sevo, white knight (hehe just kidding on that last one)

        1. Nobody cares as much as sarcasmic.

          sarcasmic
          February.9.2021 at 10:15 am

          Imagine them jerking off while they talk…

          https://reason.com/2021/02/09/the-not-so-peaceful-transfer-of-power/#comment-8750813

        2. I’m truly disappointed you are all here, and not spending a day off in mourning. Shows what you really think of Saint Rush.

          1. You mean the left’s big bad bogeyman?
            I’d never heard him talk but I did appreciate the fact that he drove your sort to your fainting couches, so hats off for that I guess.

    2. If you listened to yesterday’s Reason Roundtable podcast, you’d know that Sullum is out in search of firewood. Apparently, he lives in Texas … or thereabouts.

      1. Wikipedia says he lives in Dallas.

    1. Bet you’re happy in live in California and not north Texas right about now?

      1. “you live”

      2. At least until the rolling blackouts and power-line fires start this summer.

        1. We are getting TV ads placed by some gov’t agency, first telling us that CA enjoys “abundant” wind and solar energy.
          How “abundant”?
          So “abundant” that the rest of the ad is a ‘request’ you cut energy use during certain times of the day.
          And to add to our “abundant” energy, various cities are restricting the future use of natural gas for home heating and cooking.
          Wanna see something get screwed in a hurry? Get the government involved.

        2. Don’t forget year round homeless shit littering the streets. Perhaps CA could start exporting the shit to Texas so they could burn it as a renewable energy source. Problems solved.

          1. Does the trucking count as a “green” job?

      3. California isn’t the best comparison. Good try though.

  20. So Parler’s new host has very draconian requirements for hosting…so parler is utterly useless.

    1. We tried to tell them to start their own internet.

      1. buiLD yoUr owN teLeCOm infRastrUCture aND poWer griD

  21. “House Democrat introduces bill to fulfill Biden goal of cutting ‘illegal alien’ out of law”
    […]

      1. Some sort of new filter won’t allow pasting some of the of the story, including mention of the Change Hurtful and Alien Names in Government Expression act

        1. CHANGE, get it?

          1. Would that be “CHANGE you can believe in?”

  22. Journal of Public Policy and Marketing feels like a very niche academic focus.

    1. “I got my degree in Public Policy and Marketing from the University of Hell – Lake of Fire Campus; Go Devils!

    2. Holy shit, you don’t understand how public policy works. It’s not what policy you come up with, it’s all about how you sell it to the public. “For the children” used to be the #1 marketing strategy, “Overcoming systemic racism” has recently surpassed it. “Keeping us safe from the pandemic” doesn’t really count as it is presumably only useful for a limited time (but we will see).

      1. “only useful for a limited time”

        Covid 21 will be vaccine proof.

    1. If you don’t know who Cass Sunstein is, count yourself blessedly ignorant. But watch your back.

      1. (BTW – Cass Sunnstein is married to Susan Powers, and Susan Powers is the better half – by far – in that relationship, if that gives you any idea.)

      2. I do now (though the name was familiar before).
        Read the article. Worth a few minutes.

        1. “(4) Government might formally hire credible private parties to engage in counter speech. (5) Government might engage in informal communication with such parties, encouraging them to help”.”

          What a crazy idea!

      3. It’s just a nudge you’re feeling back there, Jerryskids. Nothing to worry about.

  23. “No one should go to jail for the use of a drug,” President Joe Biden told Americans during a televised Q&A session Tuesday night. He’s correct, of course—and also a hypocrite.

    Biden, a hypocrite? You mean one of the chief legislative architects of the War on Drugs? Noooo, the hell you say?

  24. Manchin’s drug-war-perpetuating “See Something, Say Something Online” Act would also penalize tech companies for not immediately reporting public content or private messages about drugs to federal authorities. Biden has been silent about it.

    Probably because “Ol’ Diamond Joe” has never seen an expansion of state power that he didn’t enthusiastically endorse.

    So far, it seems the Biden administration wants credit for saying the right words about the drug war without actually having to take any action.

    If there’s anything the media has proven over the last several years it’s that they care far more about politicians mouthing the right words than their actual actions.

    1. If there’s anything the media has proven over the last several years it’s that they care far more about politicians mouthing the right words than their actual actions.

      More to the point, they care if their fellow Democrats are saying it.

    2. Biden wants an award for saying the “correct” things and doing nothing? 2008 called they want their peace prise back

      1. If only Obama had done nothing. Problem was all things he did do.

      2. 1. Genocide is just another Cultural Norm
        2. He invented the vaccine Jan 21 2021
        3. Minorities are too dumb to get online

  25. “I’m amazed at what’s happening. I feel like I’m facing students ‘recovered memories’ from two years ago,” McNeil wrote to friends in an email obtained by The Daily Beast.

    But remember, when James O’Keefe releases footage of leftists on camera saying shit they wouldn’t say in private company, he’s being “dishonest” instead of a “journalist.”

    1. McNeil might want to find out which one of his “friends” is selling him out.

  26. Oh neat ENB has a poll from Huff Post to confirm her obtuse views on the subject.

    1. She’s the living embodiment of Buzzfeed, Vice and Huffpo.

  27. Reading about the legal dispute between Amazon and the state of New York, couldn’t help but think about how differences in party ideology can turn into real differences in public policy.

    “Amazon’s flagrant disregard for health and safety requirements has threatened serious illness and grave harm to the thousands of workers in these facilities and poses a continued substantial and specific danger to the public health,” Letitia James, the state’s attorney general, said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

    Amazon sued New York last week, claiming James was overstepping her authority in trying to regulate the company’s workplace safety responses. Amazon said in its complaint it was voluntarily exceeding “compliance requirements” with such measures as staggered shifts, rearranged break rooms and work stations, and heightened cleaning protocols.”

    —-Bloomberg

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-17/ny-ag-sues-amazon-for-failing-to-protect-workers-from-covid-19

    The months long dispute over the second stimulus bill–before the election–was hung up over two issues. First, Trump and the Senate Republicans refused to sign off on any bill that bailed out the states (especially those who had unfunded pension obligations that predated the pandemic by a long shot), and, second, Trump and the Senate Republicans wanted liability protections for businesses that opened during the pandemic. The economy won’t bounce back as well if businesses are reluctant to open for fear of being sued every time someone gets sick at work or sick after eating in your restaurant, and the Republicans wanted the economy to bounce back as quickly as possible.

    In other words, if Trump had been reelected, we’d probably be looking at legislation protecting businesses from lawsuits for reopening their businesses. Conversely, the progressives are the ones leading the charge to sue businesses for opening and operating during the pandemic. These differences are not meaningless. Our economy will be slower to bounce back than it would have been otherwise because the progressives are in charge, and this outcome was not only foreseeable but also foreseen.

    1. If NY can sue Amazon, can nursing home residence sue NY?

      1. Procedures were followed.

        If Amazon had shuttered its warehouses and delivery operations in New York during the pandemic, Cuomo and de Blasio probably would have ordered them to open again.

        1. Incorrect. DeBlasio would have ordered them open while Cuomo would have shut them down again a day later out of spite. He then would have gone on TV to cast the inability of NYers to engage in any commerce as a crisis caused and perpetuated by one Donald J. Trump.

  28. Biden says he won’t cancel student loan debt

    Horse. Shit.

    He said quite clearly, plainly, explicitly, unequivocally, and matter-of-factly that he favored forgiving $10,000 in student debt but not $50.000. The tweet is correct – Biden rejects forgiving $50,000 in student loan debt – but the headline is dishonest as if it were written by ENB. Oh, wait…..

    1. There’s also a distinction to be made between what Biden favors and what he’ll sign if it comes to his desk.

      Does anyone really believe that Biden will veto a bill that forgives $50,000 in debt because that’s too much?

      And that’s regardless of whether it’s a stand alone bill or part of something else that squeaks through the Senate as part of a bigger budget reconciliation bill to get around the veto. Either way, Biden isn’t about to veto a bill to cancel student debt because it forgives more than he likes.

      1. That’s the beauty of spending others money, at the end of the day it doesn’t cost you anything.

    2. “He said quite clearly, plainly, explicitly, unequivocally, and matter-of-factly”

      This is Joe Biden we are talking about?

      1. Maybe he was sleepy.

    3. I do love the tacit admission that a college degree is no longer a good return on investment, and that we need a debt jubilee to get things right.

      This is basically a variation of the housing bubble.

    4. Where in their platform is this written down?

  29. The national government’s debt is already at 200% of GDP, if you leave out government spending (which should never have been in the formula).

    The national debt is now at 27.9 trillion dollars.
    GDP in 2020 was 20.9 trillion.
    Federal spending in 2020 was 6.5 trillion.
    The private economy share of GDP was 14.4 trillion.
    27.9 / 14.4 = 194%

    1. which should never have been in the formula

      Governments buy a lot of stuff which, though it often crowds out the private side or is handled inefficiently, contributes to domestic output. It absolutely belongs in a calculation of total production.

      Transfer payments (including Soc Sec & Medicare/aid) do not fit this distinction and as such are left out of the calculation.

  30. Two mentions of me by the attention whores and I haven’t said a word. You guys need to quit obsessing about me. It’s really disturbing.

    1. (please pay more attention to meeee, see how I’m trying to bait you)

    2. LOL. More non self realization from sarcasmic. He mentions me, ML, nardz, and others all the time without them being in threads. God damn son, just embarassing.

    3. Six now.

      1. Six doesn’t come after thirty. Go back to the beginning and try counting again.

      2. Immmmmmm a victtooooooom.

    4. Engaging with mystical altruists will do that.

  31. > Biden Says Drug Users Shouldn’t Be Jailed but Won’t Do Anything To Stop It

    Wait… wasn’t that Trump’s official position? Personally opposed to it but unwilling to let the government stop it?

    Hypocrites on both sides. Not a dime’s worth of difference. Not a dime. Trump was Obama’s third and fourth term, Biden is Trump’s second term.

    1. No, no. You don’t understand. Trump was stopped at every turn by the DEEP STATE.

      Remember: Trump and his supporters are always the victims.

  32. Reason:

    As Republicans continue to make the phrase their next big political talking point, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds that only 52 percent of respondents had even heard the term—”a number that’s virtually unchanged since last fall,” HuffPost notes. “Only 22% of those who’ve heard the term―roughly a tenth of the public―say they’ve ever used it themselves. Among those who are familiar with the term, 67% say it is a ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ serious problem.”

    Also Reason in the very same article:

    “Political polarization is having far-reaching impacts on American life, harming consumer welfare and creating challenges for people ranging from elected officials and policymakers to corporate executives and marketers,” say researchers in a new paper published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.

    If only there were a place where wordsmiths could look past a flashy political term that they themselves buy into and perpetuate and address a/the underlying problem.

    1. Did you click on an ad? That s all that really matters to reason.

  33. “Smoking gun” memo shows Comey signed FISA warrant application based on Steele dossier on same day he was telling Clapper that Steele dossier couldn’t be confirmed.

    The really rich part of this is that the whole “Russian collusion” hoax was clearly a CIA operation with half-wit Comey set up as the fall guy for it should it come to light and here’s a memo clearing the CIA and implicating Comey on the scam. John Brennan must be laughing his ass off.

  34. Biden Says Drug Users Shouldn’t Be Jailed but Won’t Do Anything To Stop It

    I checked my water for wetness this morning. You’ll never guess.

    1. It’s just TOO bad that Biden didn’t have 40+ years in the Senate to review or a campaign website. If either of those were true, and I were a journalist, I could have investigated what Biden has done and maybe, just maybe, predict what kind of president he’d be.

      Oh wait, no mean tweets today. That’s all that matters.

    2. Ninety-eight percent of the suckers voted for the initiation of force and fraud–and got exactly that! Now they elbow into the other 2%’s media space to whine and bawl that the WRONG KIND of force and fraud won the election, thanks to dedicated volunteers at NARAL. Picky, picky, picky…

  35. //”Biden could also bypass Congress on some aspects of ending the drug war. The American Civil Liberties Union urges the new president to “issue an executive order declaring an end to the war on drugs, directing federal prosecutors to no longer pursue drug cases, commuting the sentences of people serving time for drug-related cases, and pardoning people with past criminal convictions for drug-related offenses.”//

    How about meme-related offenses? If prosecuting “bad” speech is acceptable, then the druggies stand absolutely no chance of redemption.

  36. In my view, Biden’s refusal to commit to broader student loan forgiveness at this point in time is a strategic political play. You have to give people something to vote for; something to hope for; something to get angry about; something to blame on the opposition.

    At the end of the day, Democrats have to run on something in the mid-terms …. other than their hatred of Trump. Student loan forgiveness is going to be that issue. By this time next year, we will be witnessing a full blown, ideological war emerging over student loans, with Democrats positioning themselves as saviors of the oppressed minority student while casting Republicans in the role of the evil oppressor, seeking to keep downtrodden minorities face down in the mud.

    Nobody needs the cow if they can get the milk for free. Biden has to be milked slowly. And, you can rest assured that the forgiveness ceiling, when the time is right, is going to be much higher than $50,000. After all, what’s $50K to a gender studies major working at Starbucks with a $250K debt hanging over their head? If the Democrats want the purple haired weirdos to stay in their camp, they are going to have to buy them. Buying them now just doesn’t make sense.

    1. Biden’s refusal to commit to broader student loan forgiveness at this point in time is a strategic political play.

      Welcome to American politics, c. 2020: neither party has any interest in actually attempting to solve any issue that springs forth. How long have the same talking points on immigration been spinning around? 35 years?

      If the Democrats want [insert any potential interest group] to stay in their camp, they are going to have to buy them.

      This has been the Democratic party’s reason for being ever since it was incorporated.

      1. This has been the Democratic party’s reason for being ever since it was incorporated.

        LOL, pretty much. Van Buren founded the original Democratic political machine in New York City for this express purpose, and it’s been the model ever since.

        Ironically, the Republican Party’s original platform was primarily two planks–get rid of slavery and polygamy. It wasn’t until after Grant was elected that it started morphing into the more corporatized form that we’re familiar with today, as former Union officers spread out south and west, using their political connections to secure government contracts and crony capitalist deals. A big reason the Populist movement got as big in the west as it did (and later morphed into outright radical communism in some areas) was precisely due to decades worth of corruption from local Republican politicians, as well as urban political machines of both parties.

      2. My son got interested in the Cato Daily podcast. The podcasts goes back for 15 years. He noticed that we’ve been debating the same issues since 2006.

        Good podcast! I listen pretty much every day.

    2. Spoken like a girl-bullying redneck with Greene teeth.

  37. “No one should go to jail for the use of a drug,” — POTUS v. 46.0

    A rock-solid stance if I ever heard one. But I can’t cheer yet because this has ALWAYS been the stance of the federal branch and ANY branch of government. Remember, abstinence was the vending machine under promotion.

    It’s simply not new information, barring want of specific verb tense and fuller context.

    1. In a more perfect union, the US policy to promote abstinence is not incorrect, because it does not license the sort of behavior that causes abuse. So long as the federal government is not advocating use of risky chemicals such as factory milk (people can develop allergies because factory milk certainly spoils, for example), then they are not seeking to become an inseparable part of the problem.

      Legalization won’t be a shield that protects unresponsible behavior.

      Selective prosecution can and always has been the end result. Government simply shouldn’t license prosecution without requisite cause for complaint. And to do so, that legal term were called a “bill of attainder,” to make any attribute of a person illegal by decree alone. It were the original form of slavery that makes a slave out of anyone on no basis other than capture alone (and popular acceptance).

  38. Reason wants it both ways- hates when he signs EOs but then wants him to do things unilaterally anyhow.

    Hey- how about having some gd fortitude and one solid guiding principle every now and then?

  39. Austin musician Kerry Awn was being bored by a music critic’s admission he’d “not been sure” if he liked the band at first. Kerry shot back: “We don’t give a shit whether you liked the music or not–we GOT your money,” and turned away. The cowardly morons who again voted for Biden’s initiation of force instead of against the initiation of force are now finding out that looters cheat AND lie. This is exactly what they deserve. The Dems counterfeited a vague shadow of the LP promise to REPEAL all prohibition laws, and got GOT their votes. Case closed–except that God’s Own Prohibitionists, to whom bullying girls is Job One–didn’t even bother and got what THEY deserve. It is a thing of beauty to behold.

  40. “it seems the Biden administration wants credit for saying the right words about the drug war without actually having to take any action.”

    This describes most of the the left everyday: mouth the right words and it doesn’t matter that you’re doing the opposite.

  41. The recreational use of marijuana is one thing, when it comes to not jailing people for using drugs, but hard drugs such as heroin, for example, are another matter altogether.

    Because heroin is so expensive and can only be obtained on the Black Market (inotherwords, illegally), heroin addicts often resort to various types of crime (i. e. both violent crimes and property crimes), in order to obtain money for a fix. If a heroin user robs somebody’s house, or their person, and/or they end up seriously injuring or even killing their victim when they mug them on the street to get money for their next fix, yes, however, then s/he deserves to be arrested, tried within a court of law, and forced to serve a jail sentence.

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