Saturday, April 25, 2009

Yep, that's our politicians...

...willing to step up, make the hard choices and face the hard truths head-on:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering sending more National Guard troops to keep order along the U.S.-Mexican border as drug-fueled violence increases in northern Mexico, defense officials said Friday.
The governors of New Mexico, Arizona, California and Texas sent a letter Wednesday to House and Senate leaders, saying that funding the National Guard Counter-Drug Program would allow federal, state and local law enforcement to fulfill the federal government's commitment to reduce demand for illegal drugs in the United States.

Commitment to reduce demand. Just exactly how do they think that's been doing since Richard Nixon got it cranked up almost 40 years ago? I would remind them all of the words Milton Friedman wrote almost 20 years ago:
"Of course the problem is demand, but it is not only demand, it is demand that must operate through repressed and illegal channels. Illegality creates obscene profits that finance the murderous tactics of the drug lords; illegality leads to the corruption of law enforcement officials; illegality monopolizes the efforts of honest law forces so that they are starved for resources to fight the simpler crimes of robbery, theft and assault."
How long till they face THAT hard truth?