In my typical fashion, I was reading CNN.com today to see what the skinny was in the world (that's read: America), and I came across a couple interesting things. No, I'm not referring to the Larry King Live Megan McCain interview transcripts. I'm referring to a proposal that has been made, not for the very first time ever, but nonetheless one CNN actually ran. How exhilarating!
Let's preface the point with this story.
President Obama wants to up the security along the U.S./Mexico border to help prevent the spillover of drug violence in Mexico onto U.S. soil. What that really means is, "That's your problem, not mine. Keep it over there." However, economist Jeff Miron has a plan that may help to alleviate drug-related violence, as well as corruption, extortion, bribery, and needless arrests. In two words: legalize it. "It" does not solely pertain to marijuana, because marijuana is the least of anyone's worries. It's things like heroine, opium, and cocaine.
So what do you think? Do we need more security, or do we need to just let people do what they want to do. Read Miron's article before replying. He has many valid points, such as his reminder to all of us about the Alcohol Prohibition from 1920 - 1933. It makes perfect sense. I'm not saying I'm all in favor of junkies walking around the streets high as a kite all the time, but it would be nice to see the violence drop, not just here in America, but all over the world. If we solve this crisis, maybe we can all sit down and share some stories over a beer.