But unemployment is still around 7.7%
The Outstanding Public Debt as of 20 Mar 2013 at 05:50:37 PM GMT is:
The estimated population of the United States is 314,627,367
so each citizen's share of this debt is $53,216.14.
The news from Syria is horrifying. ~70K dead?
The death toll in Northern Mexico isn't all that much lower, around ~60K at my last check.
Those are deaths from Mexico's Drug War.
Does any of this make sense?
The U.S. has spent roughly a $Trillion on Drug War. And what has it accomplished?
We've been here before! Our previous Prohibition was a dismal failure! We repealed it, and Capone style drive-by shootings slowed to a trickle.
What are we spending on Drug War? Nearly $20 $Billion?
That's not the whole story! This Harvard economist says we'd save more than double that much, if we dialed down the Drug War.
A 2008 study by Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron has estimated that legalizing drugs would save taxpayers $76.8 billion a year in the United States — $44.1 billion from law enforcement savings, and at least $32.7 billion in tax revenue ($6.7 billion from marijuana, $22.5 billion from cocaine and heroin, remainder from other drugs).
If we cut education, we may lose our competitive status in globalized economic competition.
Besides the simple logic, the writing is on the wall.
"Medical marijuana" is legal in over a dozen States.
Recreational marijuana is legal in two States.
Can we not see what the trend is here?
In the recent CPAC conference, dialing back the Drug War was mentioned.
Conservative standard-bearer William F. Buckley Jr. was on that bandwagon for decades.
In our budget crisis of a $Trillion per year additional debt, is saving only $76.8 $Billion per year deminimus?
Or is our economy so high a priority that nothing should be taken off the economic negotiation table?
And what of Obama's role in this?
Is he resisting doing the sensible thing here, because he doesn't want history to remember him as: "the Black president that legalized drugs"?
In that regard, is Obama putting himself ahead of his country and People? His reputation is more important than the welfare of the nation?
Or shall we think Drug War a good thing, and that we should return to beverage alcohol prohibition as well?