Digger Cartwright - My Own Words
Author | Industrialist | Philanthropist
7 Stupid Issues in America Today - Issue #5 War On Drugs
7 Stupid Issues in America Today
Issue # 5: WAR ON DRUGS
War on Drugs—This has been a vast failure for the past fifty years, and drug cartels are bigger
and badder now than ever before despite our federal government spending something like $15
billion annually. I think we could have found a better way to use that money. For $15 billion,
we could probably nuke the drug producing regions in Colombia and elsewhere. Not a politically
good thing to do, but it would effectively reduce part of the problem.
Here again, just because drugs have been illegal hasn’t stopped people from buying them and
using them. Instead, it has created an entire underground economy. I don’t support drug use
and think it’s a reprehensible activity, but let’s go ahead and legalize it, regulate it, and tax it.
The underground economy would virtually disappear, there wouldn’t be any need to be fighting
the drug cartels, violence along the border associated with drug cartels should go away, and the
governments can make money off the industry and use the funds for police and educating kids
about the dangers of drugs.
I’ve said it before if we want to pay for Social Security or Medicare or pay down debt let’s
decriminalize drugs and regulate and tax them. Taxes on cigarettes raise about $18 billion per
year for local and state government and the fed. In addition to taxes, there would be some
revenues generated for the government from the underground economy associated with drugs
as those monies filter into the broader, general economy. The tax revenue along with the
savings in spending on the war on drugs could help in many ways. Why waste money fighting a