There are laws on the book that were passed in order to protect us from ourselves. One of the biggest boondoggles is the war on drugs. Let us take a look at it.
It was started in 1994 to get drugs off the streets. How has that been working out? It has been 18 years and a cost of well over $1 trillion. Result to date - more drugs now than ever before. Can this be called a success?
At present there are over a million folks incarcerated for some sort of drug crime. Taxpayers have to feed and clothe them and cover their medical bills. Who knows at what cost.
State and federal governments currently spend in the neighborhood of $3.2 million every year to fight this losing battle. I don't think anyone wants to know my solution to this scourge on the world.
Another law that was originally started with all good intentions is the DUI law and roadside sobriety checkpoints. Started as a means to get drunk drivers off the road, but instead has turned in to a cash cow for the state and local governments and the parasites who live off the government.
If you do not believe this, just get caught. It will cost you in the neighborhood of $10,000 by the time you finish all the acrobatics of getting your name cleared, plus this will remain on your driving record forever. Tell me how this is fair.
After a period of five or six years with no other violations, the record should be purged completely with no trace.
If government truly wants to crack down, they should mandate any and all drivers in a fender bender take a Breathalyzer test and if they test positive, they should be responsible for all damages. If both are under the influence, then each should be cited and made to pay their damages.
Harold L. Ash II