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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"It's Like, What?"

The hypocrisy, and its acceptable inevitability, is the real scandal. Via HuffPo:
In September, [Republican House] Rep[resentative for Florida] Trey Radel voted for Republican legislation that would allow states to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they're not on drugs. In October, police busted the Florida Republican on a charge of cocaine possession. “It’s really interesting it came on the heels of Republicans voting on everyone who had access to food stamps get drug tested," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told BuzzFeed Tuesday. "It’s like, what?”
Of course, what Pelosi surely means is something more like "but, of course." And the extraordinary lenience of the treatment of this powerful white man as compared to the treatment of, say, an impoverished person or a person of color charged with cocaine possession gets another one of those: "It's like, what?/But, of course." Needless to say, it is high time to end the catastrophically failed and racist War On (some) Drugs, to legalize, tax and regulate for safety most recreational drug use and decriminalize and expand treatment and counseling for all drug abuse.

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