Since 1980, the number of inmates housed in American prisons has quadrupled to over two million people. The number of people on parole or probation has also dramatically increased during this time to nearly five million adults. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world with .743% of its population behind bars (Squidoo). This unstable situation is caused by certain US laws which contribute to an increased duration of incarceration and mandatory jail time for some non-violent offenders.
This week I want to look at the international drug and the United States’ involvement in it from the lens of the government. I want to discuss what exactly the US has done in the way of laws and legislation in a response to the drug trade. There is over a $30 billion dollar business in the US based on trafficking of international drugs. Now that Obama is in office for a second term, what are his plans in this regard?
While not the most controversial or dangerous drug, Marijuana has been in the news for years. Within a lot of circles there has been discussion of feel legalization of marijuana in the US. It is often argued, as it is here, that a legalization of marijuana would make the US have less high touch environments with Mexican cartels and would, in fact, slow down their business and operations. Here is a quick blurb from the linked article above:
“The possible legalization of marijuana at the state level in the US could provoke a considerable loss in proceeds of drug trafficking for Mexican criminal organizations,” the report concludes. In fact, it says, ballot initiatives Tuesday could represent the biggest blow to Mexican criminal syndicates in decades.
With Oregon, Colorado and Washington having initiatives to legalize marijuana, the trend could be coming where more and more states are going to try to legalize marijuana. How is this going to effect the international drug trade within the United States and what tangential laws will the US government put into play to make sure that the legalization does not become a problem? It has been determined by a Mexican think tank that these laws could lower marijuana trafficking and revenues within the US by 30% for cartels.
I want to take a look at the history of US drugs laws and how they have adapted to the change of different strategies by drug traffickers. Here are some major milestones in America’s history with drug policy. I look forward to diving into this history and any other future plans in order to see both the short and long term strategy.
Political Campaigns in America, where democracy is a highly valued necessity, have a unique place in society. During Presidential campaigns, candidates become quasi celebrities and spend hundreds of millions of dollars promoting themselves. During the month of September in 2008, Obama raised over $150,000,000 which shattered all previous fundraising records. He went on to raise over $770,000,000 total during his 2008 presidential campaign (ABC). These enormous sums of money are donated by individuals and institutions and are protected in some instances by the first Amendment of the constitution as “freedom of speech.” Which such a large amount of capital being donated and spent during political campaigns in America, the practice needs intricate rules and regulations. Continue reading →
There are many regulations set on hiring. The government clearly has recognized that this is a problem and there are currently many regulations in place protecting individuals against this type of discrimination. My idea for this Paper stemmed from my Paper 2 research topic of the ethical performance of Hooters. While researching I came across many different articles of many different companies currently using questionable practices. Continue reading →
Recently Mayor Bloomberg of New York City, banned the sale of soda in quantities greater than 16 oz… in restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas. The ridiculousness of this law is off the charts. To begin with, if you have not noticed missing from this list is places like convenience stores, and super markets. These are the places that sell the bulk of the soda too. Furthermore, the law does not stipulate that the total quantity served to you has to be 16 ounces or less. So in theory, you could simply buy two sodas, or at a restaurant you have unlimited soda. After all of this my question is what is the point? Seriously I can not think of a more ridiculous law out there. Not only are the loopholes and omissions laughable, but there is no teeth to it and the hypocrisy is absurd. The point of the law is to help fight obesity, a noble cause since Americans are too fat anyways. But what I don’t get is the lunacy of it. A far more effective law would be to tax sugary drinks, the same way we tax alcohol and cigarettes as a “sin” tax. Of course this might actually change people’s habits (let alone hurting corporations) so it was not implemented. But at least Bloomberg is preventing us all from drinking unlimited soda out of a 24 oz. cup versus a 16 oz one at McDonald’s while we eat a Big Mac and large fries. I’m sure my doctor will be sending him a thank you card any day.
In 2003, Chris Moneymaker, a little known non-professional with an awesome name, won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. This No-Limit Texas Holdem event is the mecca for poker players. It is the Superbowl, Wimbledon and World Series all rolled into one. Continue reading →
As we grow nearer and nearer to election day (November 6), I chose to look at a controversial law that hits close to home. Recently, Pennsylvania has come under fire for its controversial Voter ID law. The law requires voters to show proof of identification through a PA drivers license, identification card, or Passport. The goal of the law is to prevent voter fraud.