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The War America Cant Win In this country we are locked in war we simply cannot win We strive to protect over 10000 miles of border against enemies who are driven by the lure of an obscene profit We have fought this a version of this war before and we lost that one All that has really resulted from this war is the overcrowding of prisons the expansion of law enforcements ability to encroach on the personal lives of ordinary citizens and paranoia and distrust If its not obvious already I am referring to the war on drugs As time goes on it becomes more and more evident that the war on drugs is as useless as prohibition was almost 80 years ago Now it has become a point of pride for our elected officials who use the war as a reelection tool To study this problem I visited government web pages for statistics and facts dealing with the war and was surprised what I found To most people the fiscal reasons for ending the war are the most convincing For example it costs over 30000 per year to house a prisoner - this does not include processing and legal fees only the actual prison costs - food water electricity and guards There are over 15 million non-violent drug law offenders in prison right now and this number is increasing daily That means we are spending a minimum of 45 billion per year keeping former tax-paying citizens most of whom had jobs and were contributing to the economy in some way locked up with murderers and rapists When these people get out of jail they will have criminal records which will make it nearly impossible to get a decent job and a grudge against the government and society in general In addition we spend 37 billion per year funding the police efforts and
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