Fair enough. To me civil liberties is high on my priorities list (you know, being a criminal & all), so any improvement in that regard would I think be extremely beneficial to our citizens. Especially when you consider 1/2th the prison population is made up of non-violent drug offenders. Personally, I believe it's no small margin by which Johnson is the better of the other two candidates in these respects.
Would that be because you have fundamental disagreements about the core principles of the party, or is it a personal issue with Johnson?
Inversely, is the reason you're voting for Obama because you agree (for the most part) with the basic philosophy of the democratic party, or because you like Obama personally as a candidate? Or is Obama simply the lesser of two evils in your mind?
We've been over this, but as for me I have a hard time voting for a candidate that A) Would advocate the perpetuation of a drug war B) Would display disregard for the constitution by signing, & appealing the overturning of the NDAA, as well as extending the Patriot Act, & C) Won't stand up to (or actually supports) the NSA unconstitutionally spying on American citizens.
As an aside, do you think people are underestimating the economic impact of the legalization of drugs, gambling, & prostitution? Personally I think those would be absolutely huge industries that we're currently not taking advantage of. Jeffery Miron of Harvard wrote an interesting piece about the economic implications of not only the income of the ending of a drug war, but the amount of money we save not enforcing it.
"All drugs should be legalized nationwide, Miron says. Pot, cocaine, LSD, crystal-meth --- you name it.
Legalizing drugs would save roughly $41.3 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. Of these savings, $25.7 billion would accrue to state and local governments, while $15.6 billion would accrue to the federal government," Miron claims in a recent Cato Institute report he co-authored.
According to their website, "The report also estimates that drug legalization would yield tax revenue of $46.7 billion annually, assuming legal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco. Approximately $8.7 billion of this revenue would result from legalization of marijuana and $38.0 billion from legalization of other drugs."
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Just the legalization of drugs alone would be upwards of a 100 billion dollar annual swing in revenue.