We should all cheer the authorities for getting two million dollars off the streets ;-) Greed is the worst vice, eh?
Everybody is a child to the DEA. We are all unable to use discretion or moderation, and substances whose beneficial use (opium/heroin, not meth obviously) predates the founding of our country by thousands of years are now poison which we are helpless to resist. Only alcoholics can be accepted in society, despite the fact that alcohol is the most likely abused substance to make you slam your car into a tree (besides pcp maybe).
The only real poison is criminality, and the violent behavior the DEA is responsible for creating. Mexican drug cartels exist because the U.S. creates scarcity in the drug market. This length to which the government will go to protect us from ourselves is the very definition of tyranny, and will be remembered as the beginning of the end for personal freedoms in this country.
There are certain propositions that seem intrinsically prone to failure when they are left up to voters on a Monday in late July. I would guess that a minimum 3 out of 4 people who voted last month drove there in their own car. My polling place was about 4 miles away, not a short walk with a child in tow, but it doesn't matter because the police took my ID after I continued to drive to work while unable to afford car insurance.
The ability to participate in the voting process is contingent on many factors that all involve money in some way. That is why transportation is such a loser at the polls. If you have a working car, a license, a tag, an ID, and an hour to spare during a weekday afternoon, you might be spoiled enough to think the 20 minutes you spend in traffic everyday is a big deal, but you probably aren't going to vote for a cost increase.
The people taking MARTA to work everyday are statistically less likely to know about the vote (despite the vague signs at the stations), less able to read about it (because they can't afford internet), less eligible to vote (keeping identification has many indirect costs), and certainly less able to get to the poll! And don't rebut by saying the plan was also to fix the roads; the roads will get built. The money will flow to and from the centers of commerce like the gas those cars burn. However, when the bus stops running, a lot of insignificant employees might stop showing up for work on time, and real life or death problems emerge for those people.
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