"State of Jefferson" Folly
Posted in the Anchorage Forum
#1 Mar 5, 2014
Just spoke with "State of Jefferson" people here in Redding, CA, last night before the City Council meeting (Anchorage is of a similar mindset politically as "State of Jefferson"). I asked them (since they are for less government), how they felt about DUI's and people continuing to drive drunk in this country. They replied efforts should concentrate on the individual, not government, that the individual needs to get at the root of their problem with alcohol. Sounds good, but I replied, "Oh, you mean like AA. Except the carnage continues despite decades of court ordered AA. We need more severe laws to deter drunk driving..." Etc.
I'd been told the same thing back in Anchorage years ago by AA members. That they're court ordering people to attand was the best approach since government fails at controlling people's behaviour. The change must come from within. Again, that's sounds good, but I recall replying that if you wait for a person to have a "spiritual experience" before finally stopping their drunk driving, you could be in for a long wait.
I spoke at the City Council meeting about the personal harm marijuana caused me when smoking it heavily as a teenager. Concluded by addressing the alcohol/marijuana comparison (pro-marijuana propagandist's say alcohol is more harmful). Quoted Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead: "If you're choosing the lesser of two evils, you're still choosing evil". Not enough time to explain Garcia was actually referring to voting Democrat or Republican, and that after glorifying marijuana for several decades, Garcia died of a heart attack in a rehab center trying to kick heroin.
I did get in the quote by Noam Chomsky though. In his Understanding Power, Chapter 10 footnote 28, Chomsky (who ironically favors decriminalization of marijuana) states:
"..the U.S. tax and transfer system creates a 28.5% reduction in the poverty rate whereas the tax and transfer system in all other industrialized countries decrease poverty rates by between 60 and 80 percent; the only exception being Britain, Australia, and Canada, whose tax and transfer systems still reduce poverty rates by apx. 50%..."
That means there is no justification for legalizing marijuana for the tax revenue.
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