The War on Drugs
Watched the Stossel piece on ABC tonight and it was pretty predictable. That does not mean it was bad, or that I didn't happen to agree with the premise, but it's going to take alot more than that to get things moving in the direction of a more sane policy regarding drug abuse in this country. The problem is many faceted, but it mostly boils down to money and power. A war on drugs means lots of money for police, lots of money for companies that supply prisons, lots of money and power for politicians that keep the cycle turning in the direction of harsher laws, more siezures of property, more inmates for the prison industry. Until that dynamic is addressed reform of drug laws in this country is a pipe-dream (no pun intended...)
Also, anyone who is tempted to down-play the threat to civil liberties inherent in a crack-down intended to "increase security" ought to take a close look at the way the War on Drugs has steadily erroded civil liberites in this country. Here's one example (via Instapundit), but there are lots more.