President Obama would rather look stupid than interfere with the flow of cash to drug-war profiteers
The White House spends all year traveling around the country talking about their “third way” and their “21st Century Drug Policy” — that the focus needs to be on treatment and that we can’t arrest our way out of drug problems. That there’s too much focus on incarceration.
At the same time, they’re dealing with severe national budget pressures, so you’d think this would be the perfect excuse to actually significantly reduce spending on things like domestic drug law enforcement. Well, the budget for domestic drug law enforcement was 9.4 billion in 2012, and they’re asking for 9.5 billion in 2014.
There’s absolutely no good political reason to do this… except to fund profiteers who give campaign donations.
The only way they can even find a positive spin is by throwing even mmore money at treatment, further pushing up the entire drug war budget. And even then… As the Huffington Post reports:
The White House budget proposal for fiscal 2014 devotes 58 percent of drug-control spending to punishment and interdiction, compared with 42 percent to treatment and prevention.