WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Monday again placed Venezuela in the bottom rung of nations that have ''failed demonstrably'' to curb drug trafficking, but gave Bolivia a passing grade.
It was the third straight year that Venezuela was deemed as having done too little in the fight against illegal drugs. Myanmar, as Burma is now called, is the only other country that shares the designation. Both are barred from receiving certain kinds of U.S. aid.
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TRYING TO REPEAL THE LAWS OF SUPPLY & DEMAND
After almost forty years of trying to control the chemical preferences of Americans, the US government is still hard at work: jailing it's own citizens and when that doesn't work, strong-arming countries for succumbing to capitalism. When it's clear that you can't stop demand, US Drug officials go to work on the equally impossible task of stopping supply.
Otherwise law-abiding Americans, with families and jobs, lose their homes, reputations and savings in this increasingly madcap attempt to Nazify drugs. The Nazis used the Jews as scapegoats, to shoulder blame for Germany's ills. Richard Nixon did much the same, at the height of Vietnam anti-war protests, with his "War on Drugs".
After 35 years of Americans paying taxes to put themselves in jail, it is apparent this is another of those jobs that government does not do well. Stop the Drug War madness today--and reap the benefits tomorrow.
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