President Obama’s Response To YouTube Drug War Questions

$15.5 billion this year alone, 2/3rds for ineffective law enforcement.

President Obama responded to the most popular question (or, the eighty most popular questions) on YouTube.com’s “Ask Obama” forum regarding the debate on drug legalization in America.  Despite being the most popular question and gaining four times the support of any other non-drug war question, the YouTube moderator didn’t ask the question until #15.  The President’s response is a lot of platitudes about treatment, reducing demand, and reallocating resources, despite the Obama administration’s budget that puts twice the resources toward law enforcement than to treatment. At its core, however, it retains the premise that responsible adult marijuana consumers must be persuaded by our government, through drug tests, drug courts, forced rehab, and incarceration, into not consuming cannabis.

President Obama’s Drug War Answer

Mr. President, we’re never going to stop smoking marijuana. Never. American demand for cannabis is here to stay. You can let criminals control that market or you can do the sensible thing and begin regulating it.

  • NeCrom-X

    BS!!!! They aren’t going to get people off of drugs no matter how much time and money they throw at the situation. Also Marijuana isn’t a public health concern unless you need it for medication and can’t get it….

  • Ed D

    198 of the top 200 questions were about legalizing cannabis. With the same result as last time… Obama completely disregarded the will of the American people.

    I supported Obama in his first election as he promised change. I will be glad to actively campaign against him this time around, entirely due to this issue.

    Politicians will never end prohibition as long as we keep electing candidates who support prohibition. No more! Unite and make it clear, every chance you get. Support full legalization or we will not support you. Liberals and so called conservatives that support oppressive big government, reckless drug war spending and criminal gangs, need to be challenged and voted out of office.

  • He was so for cannabis pre his election. Sorry he has gone backwards to.

  • Tony

    Listen to the American people like you are supposed to and show action not words and do it . Stop this lubricious war on American people we the people don't want it anymore how much clearer can we be?

  • Tony

    Believe me when I say you won't get my vote or any of them from the tons of people I know this next election. If you get a second term we Know the elections are rigged.

  • Bryan Nichols

    The author is so completely biased as to have little credibility. 85% of all goods sold at Wal-Mart are imported? Better run the fact checker–food, the largest sales category is mostly domestically produced, and what is not is also not domestically produced at Wal-Mart’s competitors. Before attacking Wal-Mart, check the imports, wages and benifits at Target or Sears/KMart. If the author has any good point, it should be pointed at all retailers. Wal-Mart did not just appear from thin air–it started from nothing 50 years ago and competitors

    did not change and adapt. I would also suggest the author take a basic class in economics before ever writing another article, so as to prevent spreading such ignorance.

    • rich1103

      We are a nation of consumers and all large retailers are the same. The problem is what happens when all of these consumers have no money to buy junk. We are fast becoming a third world country.

    • Dude, Sam Walton didn’t gouge the American people. Focus on the spirit of the article. Walmart is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Deny it! Tell the truth. They are un-American, wait, I forgot, the current American trend is to screw your fellow Americans and make money ANY way you can, don’t support the economy or the local communities they are in. If you really believe everything you wrote, you are just as big a scumbag as Walmart.

    • rich1103

      You are right about one thing almost all major department stores only sell junk from foreigh country’s. We are a nation of consumers until the money runs out.

  • ANTICORP

    Amazing how many ugly Americans agree with outsourcing, union-busting, economy-ruining policies of Wal-Mart…of course some of the folks posting below are Wal-Mart shills, but FOX News has convinced even the poorest Americans that their enemies are the unions, overpaid workers in the USA, and “socialism”…even though Wal-Mart counts on Medicaid for employee healthcare which they should be responsible for. Too bad about the defunding of public education and the dumbing down of America.

  • I have known about this and have been trying to boycott Wal-Mart for years. All most Americans care about is price. It is the natural evolution of a capitalist society. Until workers everywhere stand up for themselves,the situation will only get worse and the superich richer.

  • rich1103

    I won’t shop there. Almost all of the products a junk and not one made in the USA

  • Kathi Patula

    Thank you for writing this I think a lot of people don’t no the truth so we have to keep talking and this article is great.

  • I always go out of my way NOT to shop at Walmart. I hate that store with a passion…

  • Emma

    Know lets cry about Wal-Mart!!! I shop at Wal-Mart all of the time and I will not stop going there. And for others that say that they r none of the thing r made in the USA, I think u might want to rethink what u said. Wal-Mart sells a lot of things that r made in the USA!!!!!!

  • Brye

    you have no idea what your talking about for the ignorant bias thoughts and opinions about Wal-Mart being good for America???…are you kidding me?? try working there and seeing how they really operate. it is destroying America, it is forcing millions of people into poverty! it is the largest corporation in the world.. taking businesses that are interconnected to your careers.. which in time spiral down damages such as; loss wages, unemployment, and forcing more Americans to work harder.. faster for low income jobs. everything is connected and when you the worlds largest corporation.. it makes a BIG IMPACT on you.. and your community. ….yes they sell items super cheap but in the long run they do more harm .. most items come from overseas like CHINA.. imports that do not benefit jobs here in America.. walmart forces people out of business… and pays very low wages.. which puts more people in poverty.. if a company puts people out of business.. doesn’t buy here in America…and puts more people in poverty.. what good can it be for America? what good is it?

  • The American people won’t listen. I worked for Wal-Mart when Sam was alive and our products was from the US. I went to buy a photo album and was shocked at how cheap made it was but not the price it cost for such a piece of junk.
    I have one I bought when I worked there and it was made here it is quality!! I was surprised !!!!!Now all their stuff in the whole store is junk!!!!!!

  • I only go there if I have no other choice!

  • Really, WalMart is not the problem. WE are the problem. The people who spend money in there, placing cheap above patriotism, family values, and community. Ii is a fact that we (the taxpayers) further subsidize the Walton family and the shareholders by spending money in the WalMart brand stores. I have not shopped in Walmart in 9 months.

    • rich1103

      I agree with you completely.The American Public is selling the country down the toilet.

  • mojasowa

    Consumers are just as greedy as Walmart. You are happy when you get your food cheap, then pay for it in medical bills 20 years later. You trust the FDA over “uppity liberals”, “hippies”, and your informed kids that tell you food coloring, preservatives, etc.. cause cancer. You blame health problems on genetics. You have no problem with animals in factory farms eating corn and antibiotics all day long, as long as it saves you money. You buy tons of cheap China plastic crap and toys for your kids and yourself that nobody needs. You don’t care about the environment, you don’t recycle, and the world’s problems are always someone else’s fault. You’d rather vote for a president who is anti abortion than anti-war. You get defensive when called out on any of the above. Congratulations, you are screwing yourself. It’s not too late.

    • It is too late 🙁 The abovementioned folks are the way the way they are because they were bred and raised as sheep in a terrible education system. They’ve been told all of their lives that they’re poor because of unions, affirmative action, liberals and regulation, and they support education budget cuts because teachers unionized to protect themselves. They support systems that make more of themselves and smite intellectuals, liberals, free-thinkers and artists. They like being sheep, making sheep, and forcing everyone else to live like sheep. You can’t change the way they are. You can only ban with the people who’ve escaped and try to take action as the minority.

  • Nunya Bidnewss

    Good jobs leaving, Wal-Mart destroying America blah blah blah. The government has destroyed this country. What happened to you reap what you sew? Living within your means? Let us look at the Minimum Wage scandal shall we? The Minimum wage SHOULD NOT be high enough to support a family of four in a 200,000 dollar house and two cars yadda yadda yadda. If most Americans weren’t greedy self entitled twats we wouldn’t be in this predicament. They want the most money for nothing. THAT is whats destroying the Middle Class and America Not a corporation that is seeing a need for cheap crap and selling it to us. If you make a better product then sell the better product don’t bitch because a Chinese import costs 10 times less and it breaks 2 days later. Figure a way to make it cheaper then.

  • just me

    When is congress going to mandate that every us citizen and probably those that are ilegal to join the unions. It is not walmart that is destoying America it is the unions. They have priced themselves out of Jobs. I shop Walmart and I see many of the same employees. They also employee many elderly people that can’t afford to retire because they didn’t have a union job when they were young. They didn’t get the retirement packages that the government unions and other unions provided for their workers which has put our economy in the place that it is today. It is not walmarts fault. I talked to a walmart worker about the bennifits that Walmart has. She told me that the Health insurence that she gets from Walmart is better than her husband who works for the county. I think this article was written to destroy Walmart because it is non union. If Walmart was a union store and stil bringing in the money that it does this article would not of been written.

  • I worked at Wal-Mart many years ago. They paid higher than minimum wage and
    treated me and the others that worked there fairly. Insurance for full time employees and a stock
    purchase plan is also available. I personally
    know one employee who is still working there after 27 years. If you take the time to look for them there
    are several employees who work at these stores and have for several years. Are you going to get rich working for Wal-Mart? No and you won’t get rich working at Sears,
    JC Penny, K-mart or any other retail store and you are certainly not going to
    get rich working at some Mom and Pop store.
    Be real…. Sam Walton started
    Wal-Mart on a very simple principle.
    Offer a product that the people want at a price they can afford. While working at Wal-Mart in the electronics
    department I once went to K-mart and saw the same exact stereo system for
    $100.00 more than Wal-Mart charged. So
    who was gouging who? By the way, both of
    the K-mart stores in my city went out of business. I cite poor prices and customer service as
    the reason. Sam Walton started with one
    Wal-Mart store. He was the little guy
    just like the ones you say can’t compete.
    He did it and so can others if they just quit trying to get rich in a
    hurry. So a man built a huge business
    from scratch and you want to cry. Get
    real and get over it. Stop listening to
    the liberal crap you are being fed and think for yourself. This is just more liberal “Class Warfare”
    instigation. Think about what would
    really happen if Wal-Mart went out of business.
    Well, for one, the 2 million people who work there would be
    unemployed. Wonder what that would do to
    the economy? This article says that the
    average American family spends $4000 a year a Wal-Mart. Well, guess what? If Wal-Mart did not exist, they would be
    spending more than that at other stores just to get the same products. You might be thinking that is great, build up
    our home town stores etc…. well, not so fast.
    Can the average American family afford to spend that much more? Most can’t.
    Truth be known the average American family probably spends that in
    Wal-Mart and gets at least 25% or more product for it. Use your head. Think for yourself. Stop crying!!! I am amused at this list of facts about
    Wal-Mart that will “Absolutely” shock me….
    Why would I be shocked by how many people work there? Why would I be shocked by how many people
    shop there? Why would I be shocked by
    how many stores there are…. And so on…. The very title of this article is designed to
    “Feed” you more crap. Pull your head out
    and think for yourself. One of the “facts”
    listed even starts off with the word “Sadly” telling you how you should feel about
    it. THINK FOR YOURSELF. You don’t need someone else to tell you how
    to feel. Then the fact that is just meaningless
    comparison…. If Wal-Mart was an army… REALLY?
    I wonder how many more we could come up with…. Hmmmm…. If Wal-Mart was a dairy, they would
    have more cows….. THINK FOR YOURSELF…

  • I worked at Wal-Mart many years ago. They paid higher than minimum wage and
    treated me and the others that worked there fairly. Insurance for full time employees and a stock
    purchase plan is also available. I personally
    know one employee who is still working there after 27 years. If you take the time to look for them there
    are several employees who work at these stores and have for several years. Are you going to get rich working for Wal-Mart? No and you won’t get rich working at Sears,
    JC Penny, K-mart or any other retail store and you are certainly not going to
    get rich working at some Mom and Pop store.
    Be real…. Sam Walton started
    Wal-Mart on a very simple principle.
    Offer a product that the people want at a price they can afford. While working at Wal-Mart in the electronics
    department I once went to K-mart and saw the same exact stereo system for
    $100.00 more than Wal-Mart charged. So
    who was gouging who? By the way, both of
    the K-mart stores in my city went out of business. I cite poor prices and customer service as
    the reason. Sam Walton started with one
    Wal-Mart store. He was the little guy
    just like the ones you say can’t compete.
    He did it and so can others if they just quit trying to get rich in a
    hurry. So a man built a huge business
    from scratch and you want to cry. Get
    real and get over it. Stop listening to
    the liberal crap you are being fed and think for yourself. This is just more liberal “Class Warfare”
    instigation. Think about what would
    really happen if Wal-Mart went out of business.
    Well, for one, the 2 million people who work there would be
    unemployed. Wonder what that would do to
    the economy? This article says that the
    average American family spends $4000 a year a Wal-Mart. Well, guess what? If Wal-Mart did not exist, they would be
    spending more than that at other stores just to get the same products. You might be thinking that is great, build up
    our home town stores etc…. well, not so fast.
    Can the average American family afford to spend that much more? Most can’t.
    Truth be known the average American family probably spends that in
    Wal-Mart and gets at least 25% or more product for it. Use your head. Think for yourself. Stop crying!!! I am amused at this list of facts about
    Wal-Mart that will “Absolutely” shock me….
    Why would I be shocked by how many people work there? Why would I be shocked by how many people
    shop there? Why would I be shocked by
    how many stores there are…. And so on…. The very title of this article is designed to
    “Feed” you more crap. Pull your head out
    and think for yourself. One of the “facts”
    listed even starts off with the word “Sadly” telling you how you should feel about
    it. THINK FOR YOURSELF. You don’t need someone else to tell you how
    to feel. Then the fact that is just meaningless
    comparison…. If Wal-Mart was an army… REALLY?
    I wonder how many more we could come up with…. Hmmmm…. If Wal-Mart was a dairy, they would
    have more cows….. THINK FOR YOURSELF…

  • Catharren

    I have been in a Wal Mart once to look around and I was appalled at the cheap junk and low quality clothing and other supposed ‘goods’.

    I have never been back and refuse to go into a Wal Mart. I ask my children not to shop there and I will pay the difference for them to go to a real locally owned store just so I don’t have to put up with the Wal Mart mentality.

    In the 50’s ‘made in China’ was a joke and as far as I can see it still is, the craftsmanship is shoddy.

    I was talking with a friend whose Mother works at Union Carbide, Wal Mart came into Union Carbide and told them if they didn’t sell at a low low low price to them that they would run them out of the United States. Union Carbide stood up to them and said they would not sell cheap batteries to them & if they had to close their plants and move to Canada they would.

    I boycott Wal Mart as should every other person in the US who loves our way of life and wants to achieve the American Dream!

  • Steve B

    I agree with some of the others that a lot of folks shop “price”. Sometimes I do also. What i would like to see is businesses that sell a wide range of “made in the USA” products and advertise accordingly. I think that a lot of people would be shopping there, simply to save the jobs.

  • Bosco Butt Face

    Walmart will Rule the World…….PAY NO ATTENTIO TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!…boom hiss bam shhhhhh flash

    Now just let me say this about that….When
    I was still working I wasw delivering products to customers in neighboring cities. Cutting through the countey side, you can always tell there is a Walmart close by. The stream of road side trash can be traced back to the Walmart parking lot. When I noticed this I began looking more closely at the small low income homes along the road ways. I noticed these low wage earning families had a fresh supply of cheap Walmart Chinese goods in their yards. The items that did not hold up to everyday use would rend up strewn or piled a short distance from the houses. I saw hundreds of those cheap plastic patio chairs that broke after being sat in by the food stamp spending, Welfare check cashing, over weight people living there. Walmart products are engineered to break soon after purchase. I know this from my own Walmart purchases before I stopped shopping there 6 years ago. These yards were full of broken toys these kids would break when they played with them. The over weight residents I mention were were uneducated and not by their choosing I suspect. They were just poor and thats all. Their diets consisting of a mixture of high fat, high sugar, high sodium products their shelves seem to over run with. Their prices are not the cheapest anymore. Check around you will many times find their goods prices between 2 & 15% more than other places. They have everyone brain washed into thinking they are the cheapest place in town and no longer need to shop for the better price. Over time they have slowly raised prices higher than their rivals. Walmart is not the cheapest in terms of the items breaking soon after the reciepts are lost, lol. Their return policies were liberal at one time but now they have clamped down on that as well. Walmart don’t give a rat’s ass about anyone or anything but only care about the bottom line!
    We’re just another brick in the Wal_mart.

  • I worked at a computer store on weekends. We were across the street from Walmart. This woman came storming in because Walmart didn’t have the wire she needed, so she came to us. I nodded and let a little loose on the evils of Walmart. She immediately countered that she doesn’t have the time to get groceries anywhere else, that it’s hard being a working mom balancing her time between kids and chores, and that I was stupid for hating Walmart. Meanwhile, down the street, there is a Price Chopper grocery store where the food is cheaper than Walmart, the meat never gets you sick, and the workers get excellent benefits. Price Chopper is never hiring because people never leave – the benefits and pay is too good. What I’m trying to say is – make the extra two stops to get quality goods and support a company that pays its employees a living wage.

  • Jim Platt

    After Sam Walton died, the American flags, the “made in the USA” labels, and any sense of decency died. Now the American economy is dying, inflicted with WMCANCER. My business basically disappeared the opening of a WM supercenter 4 miles away. what I am curious about is, who will be the customers, when even the people who are buying there now, no longer have any money ? America’s SECOND REVOLUTION, had better come soon or there will be no economy left, and god help us if Rmoney is elected POTUS.

  • madelane

    I have NEVER bought anything at a Walmart in my life, and I never will. I don’t have a lot of money, but I will pay more and buy local! Their business practices are a disgrace! They sell nothing that I want to buy.

  • 200 MILLION EMPLOYEES would make a hell of a UNION!

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