Air America Radio brought to you by the War on DrugsBy One Angry Patriot at 12:41 AM
Every 20 seconds in America, someone is arrested for a drug offense. Every second the US government spends over $600 on drug enforcement. Every second, the governments of the 50 states combined spend over $1,000 on drug enforcement. Almost a half million people have been arrested for drug offenses since the beginning of this year. So far this year, state and federal spending on drug enforcement exceeds $13.5 billion.
Our nation's drug policies are destroying lives and wasting money at an enormous rate. The Higher Education Act prevents potential students from receiving federal financial aid for college tuition if they have a drug offense on their criminal record, but not if they've been convicted of a more serious offense like rape or murder. In many states, felons are banned from voting for life, after they've already paid their debt to society. Violent criminals are able to run rampant, while police are occupied with small time non-violent drug dealers and users. The average marijuana arrest takes two police officers off the street for four hours.
Air America Radio receives advertising money from the principal agencies involved in the War on Drugs. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and the Ad Council are using Air America Radio to propagate drug war propaganda. While these "public service announcements" sound innocuous, exhorting parents to keep tabs on their children, they are propaganda nonetheless. I personally find such advertising practices by a self-proclaimed progressive talk radio network to be reprehensible and hypocritical.