Fine example of laws for the rich and laws for the poor.
I hate those Sackler-ville Bagginses.
The Golden Rule: Those with the gold are spared the rules…
The pizza rat has lost his/her/its pizza. The Sackler family has stolen it (OMG).
It goes to show that the regular shoppers at Politicians R Us do come out as winners.
Ah the very basis of the War on the Poor. Twas ever thus.
As to the Sacklers they should get life without parole in a SuperMax. Personally I think the needle would also be perfectly appropriate for the misery that they caused. Vile humans those are and they should be treated as such
At least (some) of the states get some money to help offset the damage caused by Purdue Pharma (which went bankrupt after the lawsuit). The Sacklers also have to pay out a slice (~$5B) of the family’s wealth. Sadly, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — both far cheaper to make and produce than plant based ones — are the go to money makers now.
Drug lords, not dealers.
Again, the simple joys of unrestrained [especially for the wealthy] capitalism.
Nothing new there, kind of a given.
On the whole, the initial economic effects of Prohibition were largely negative. The closing of breweries, distilleries, saloons , truckers, waiters, and other related trades led to the elimination of thousands of jobs. Prohibition cost the federal government a total of $11 billion in lost tax revenue, while costing over $300 million to enforce.The growth of the illegal liquor trade under Prohibition made criminals of millions of Americans who were tempted by the inflated profits of illegal activity. As the trade in illegal alcohol became more lucrative, the quality of alcohol on the black market declined, killing on average 1000 Americans each year. The effects of Prohibition on law enforcement were also negative. Police officers and Prohibition agents were tempted by bribes or the lucrative opportunity to go into bootlegging themselves. Many stayed honest, but enough succumbed to the temptation that the stereotype of the corrupt Prohibition agent or local cop undermined public trust in law enforcement. The jails and courts were overflowing demanding time that could have been devoted to other crimes.We need to learn the lesson of prohibition. Cops are spending too much time fighting the drug war. Instead, legalize everything. Let the drug companies produce it. Sell it at cost plus taxes. If the drug lords come up with something something popular on the street, legalize and produce that too. History shows that taking the “naughty” factor out of it actually decreases use. Drug lords will have no reason to “hook” young customers, since they won’t remain customers. Allow sales in bars, pharmacies. People gonna do what people gonna do. Give up the “drug war”, reap the tax rewards, cut down on the number of people we are feeding in jails and put a whole lot of drug dealers out of business, while their profits go to better causes.
A decade or so ago a rich kid, living in a mansion with mom and dad in the southwest suburbs of Illinois, nearly killed an older couple while reckless driving, again. He thought it wasn’t fair that he couldn’t be released from house arrest (in a mansion with a club membership to the adjacent golf course) to go to the Grammy’s with his friends. Aw, poor rich kid.
His parents weren’t/probably still aren’t so stellar either.
Strikes me, they should all have gotten prison time.
…and justice for all…not saying what kind
Closing the border won’t eliminate the problem. The “call” is coming from in the house.
Too bad your drug dealers. Enjoy your stay.
May 06, 2022