Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Drug War helps schools, eh?

The Governor of Wisconsin thinks he's doing students a favor by forcing law enforcement to give a portion of asset forfeiture seizures to school libraries across the state.

A law signed this week by Gov. Jim Doyle makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to collect money from drug crimes. A portion of that money is then funneled to the Common School Fund, which gives money to the state's school libraries.

Previously, law enforcement agencies could sell property confiscated from a drug crime. A portion of that money went back to the law enforcement agency, while the rest went to the Common School Fund. But in drug busts in which $5,000 or less in cash was confiscated, neither benefited.

Well, this is just precious, but I've got a better idea. How about if we stop wasting taxpayers' money on waging the harmful and ineffective War on Drugs? Then we'd have a lot more resources to improve our schools, wouldn't we?

5 comments:

Scott Morgan said...

Actually this plan is ill-conceived because books cause drug abuse. One time, I read all these books about drug policy and they all said that the drug war was a failure, which is the same as saying that kids should take drugs. I tried to find books that say our drug policy is good, but I couldn't find any because people who like the drug war don't know how to write a whole book.

800 pound gorilla said...

That comment is tongue in cheek? It has to be. I have a complaint before my school board about the dangerous drugs mythology being taught. The problem is that there are no textbooks available that DON'T teach the dangerous drugs mythology. That's why I took 7 months out of my life to write one. Of course, I couldn't even get it considered by any educational association, any public school, drug policy alliance or ssdp. BTW, kids take drugs in droves - but not as much as their parents. As stated in my book [this statement won't be rebutted]: drug dependency goes steadily up with age and income. We just don't stigmatize drugs sold by pharmaceuticals [who contribute big bucks to politicians] like we do those arbitrarily banned and restricted drugs. Another example of liars with power controlling the language of the discussion.

Scott Morgan said...

Oh yeah, textbooks. But that's just one chapter per book and its not really about drug policy, it just says drugs will give you AIDS. I don't think I've ever seen a book on drug policy that wasn't primarily critical of the status quo. This makes sense because if Calvina Fay tried to write a book, it would be really short. Those people don't know how to do research or anything like that.

800 pound gorilla said...

Do you really think that the segment in the health textbook that states all the nasty things that "can happen" if you use "dangerous drugs" don't serve to further the undeserved credibility of the current drug policy? You try to tell otherwise well educated students that cocaine and heroin aren't dangerous [unless deliberately misused]they will look at you like you're some kind of lunatic.
Former governor Gary Johnson leveled about the real dangers of banned drugs and he was regarded as "misguided" by even his supporters.

For every one nasty testimonial about someone using a banned drug you can find five about people who suffer major health problems [kidney failure, liver problems, digestive problems, high blood pressure, breathing difficulties and other maladies resulting from long term use of OTC drugs.

Well, I do. Because I associate with people my age and it takes time for these kinds of problems to surface. So, the rationale goes that the schools will only warn students about the immediate problems that are more likely to happen to them - because of an unregulated market that gears its products for those who deliberately mess themselves up.

The type of education my book discusses won't make any meaningful difference in the drug stats that our government choses to keep on drug problems. They [or their sponsors the drug sellers] don't want people to worry their pretty little heads about the kinds of problems that us old farts have - even if more and more tax dollars is going to be spent on those problems.

The bottom line is that we spend a ton of money on mass incarceration and law enforcement. We lose revenue from crime produced. And - because we refuse to educate the public about real drug problems - we have the "affordable drugs problem" that is eating a hole in budgets nationwide [and will only increase as the population ages.

Talk about a "quick fix" mentality.

Micah Daigle said...

"That's why I took 7 months out of my life to write one. Of course, I couldn't even get it considered by any educational association, any public school, drug policy alliance or ssdp."

You attempted to present your book to SSDP and you were shot down?? This is news to me.

Who did you present your book to? Under what circumstances did this person or people tell you that it wasn't worth considering?

As a member of the SSDP Board of Directors, I am working with some others in a national effort to compile materials worthy of distributing to our chapters. I'd be happy to look over your book if you sent me a copy. E-mail me at micah@ssdp.org and I will give you my mailing address.