Yesterday, 09:25 AM
I may be the lone dissenter, but I think the surgeon general position is one of the few good things the government does. Smoking does cause cancer. It was the famous (infamous?) "Surgeon General's Warning" that finally got people to wise up and take note. I think that's a positive way to deal with health issues rather than going around and making bad stuff contraband like what happened with marijuana and other illegal drugs. Remember Jocelyn Elders? She was the surgeon general that got fired for making the painfully obvious observations that masturbation doesn't cause STD transmission and that if we ended the war on drugs that would most likely reduce crime, but we didn't know what the other ramifications were so it was at least worth studying. Conservatives had a hissy fit and so spaghetti spine Clinton fired her. But guess what? It turns out she was more right than she could have realized. After pot was decriminalized in Colorado, not only did crime go down, but pot smoking among teens went down. It's an obvious result when you think about it. Legalized pot put street pot dealers out of business. And legal pot dealers aren't going to, generally, risk their license to sell to kiddos. So legalize drugs. It's for the children! Oh yeah. And Portugal legalized freedom (simple possession of all drugs) just like Ron Paul said should happen. The money they spent on arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning users they now spend on treatment for those who want it.
And ^that's why I can't stand "conservatives" any more than I can stand "liberals."