Who would know better about the extent and results of our continuing consumption of illegal drugs than a Mexican president? And why shouldn’t he give our feckless politicians economic advice? Mexico’s unemployment “has declined to just under 5 percent” since mid-2009.
So long as there is an American taste for cocaine and marijuana, says Felipe Calderón, “…we are not able to stop the flow of money to the criminals [and] this narco business will be a never-ending story.”
The U.S., he says, “has the responsibility . . . to explore all the alternatives, including the market alternatives, in order to reduce the amazing amount of money coming from the black market in drugs.”
Because, as any middle-school drug pusher could tell you, the so-called American “war” on consumption has only raised the price of the drugs which, in turn, has made illegal sales much more profitable. Duh. You know, like the, uh, lure to the tommy-gun-totin’ Chicago mobsters in the days of Prohibition?