Bob Barr on Drugs
Libertarian nominee for President; Former Republican Representative (GA-7)
Despite his open appeal to conservatives, Barr’s recent renunciations of Republican backed legislation will limit his appeal among movement conservatives. Barr has changed his mind and now strongly opposes the war, condemns the Patriot Act as a violation of civil liberties, criticizes efforts to restrict rights of homosexuals, and even favors the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
We all know that smoking is bad for people’s health, but most of us also believe that America remains a free country, in which people should be able to make mistakes. Yet for years “would-be national nannies have been attempting to give the FDA the power to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products,“ says Barr. The latest proposal is moving through Congress with the support of the Republican and Democratic presidential contenders.
But ”the last thing we need today is more regulation and more bureaucrats, which inevitably means less freedom,“ explains Barr. People know smoking is bad for their health, which is why ever fewer people light up. Washington should leave smokers and other tobacco users alone.
There is little doubt that the Clinton campaign and the president were aware of Cabrera’s illegal activities, since he had already been indicted for drug trafficking twice and was convicted of lesser charges under plea bargains in both cases. A month after attending the fund-raiser, local detectives arrested Cabrera. He is now serving a long prison sentence in Florida on a conviction for bringing more than 6,000 pounds of cocaine into America.
In February 2002, President George W. Bush told the American people that more than 20,000 of their fellow citizens had died the year before as a result of illegal drugs. When Bill Clinton took over as president in 1993, only 12,000 Americans had died of illegal drug use. Think about it: that is a massive and unacceptable escalation in the number of deaths. And it has been going on for decades.
To prohibit the expenditure of Federal funds for the distribution of needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of illegal drugs. Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit Federal funds from being expended to carry out any program of distributing sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of illegal drugs.
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