Friday, March 13, 2009

No surprise here, I guess...

...but still, what the hell?

WASHINGTON — A top Homeland Security official told Congress Thursday that National Guard troops will intervene on the U.S.-Mexico border only as a “last resort” to combat drug violence.
Another member of the panel, Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., said the border violence can be solved only if all parts of the equation are examined.
“Let’s examine our gun laws,” he said. “Let’s cut down on U.S. drug consumption, let’s ask there to be more resources to root out drug money laundering.”

Cut down on drug consumption? Has this guy been asleep for the last 25 years? What the hell was the whole "Just Say No" campaign about if not lowering drug consumption? I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a Massachusetts Democrat would advocate the same old failed policies — funded with American taxpayers' money, natch...damn, talk about your throwing good money after bad — and more measures infringing on American liberties, but still it never fails to disgust me. And of course Mr. Tierney says nothing about beefing up border security. I guess I shouldn't be surprised at that either, considering a good chunk of his constituents probably don't give half a shit about it, being as they live 1,500 miles from said border. (JayG, TOTWTYTR and Ted, I 'magine folks like y'all are the exceptions to that rule. You're on the memo list when we in Texas take our marbles and go back to the way it was before 1845.) How much longer? Is it going to take a full-scale border war to wake them up in Washington? More and more, I am thinking that it will.