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Global Marijuana March animated.gif Share links: kleptocracy and state. This article was written by Timeshifter. See also: Happy alternatives to US Republican-led poverty, mass incarceration, food insecurity, debt, ill health, intense concentration of wealth, endless wars. And: Holy war on drugs.

Vote out most Republicans

Return to top. Vote out most US Republicans and their cannabis war.

Prosperity for all is not sustainable without universal healthcare, progressive taxation, higher taxes on the rich, lower taxes on the middle class, a high minimum wage, and a sustainable population. Vote out most Republicans! Ballotpedia issues: marijuana and minimum wage. It is not socialist. It is Common Sense. (search for "poor" among Thomas Paine quotes). See: List of minimum wages by country. And: Medicare-for-all, like Canada, is not socialist either. See: US federal minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. 10 years since last increase. A record. [70]. Racist Republican state governments in 28 states passed laws to prevent cities from raising the minimum wage. Far-right talk radio helps Republicans do this. Republicans block cheap municipal broadband in 26 states. Vote!

Money wasted on health insurance companies, drug wars, and most ground wars, helps no one.

Holy War on Drugs, Conservative-led global incarceration.

US Republican cannabis war

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USA. Life for Pot.

Incarceration rates compared

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See: Wikipedia: List of countries by incarceration rate. And: Wikipedia: Comparison of United States incarceration rate with other countries.

Drug overdose epidemic

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Wikipedia: US drug overdose death rates and totals over time.

Portugal's drug decriminalization. 2.3.4. Based on single-payer, universal healthcare. 2. 72,000 drug overdose deaths per year in the US. Well below 100 in Portugal. 81,000 is latest US total.

Trudeau's Canada legalized

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Portugal's drug decrim

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See: Canadian single-payer healthcare and Portuguese drug decriminalization.

Single Payer costs less and

Canada has universal healthcare

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It has higher minimum wage

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Canada has a higher minimum wage than the US. See: Wikipedia: List of minimum wages by country.

It has a lower murder rate,

US; more handgun owners.

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Canada has a much lower homicide rate, and a much lower rate of handgun ownership.

US drug war is expensive

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Cost of Republican-led U.S. drug war.

USA. The state of the nation.

Pentagon is a money pit.

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17 Mar 2019: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit. By Matt Taibbi. Rolling Stone. "Despite being the taxpayers’ greatest investment — more than $700 billion a year — the Department of Defense has remained an organizational black box throughout its history. It’s repelled generations of official inquiries, the latest being an audit three decades in the making, mainly by scrambling its accounting into such a mess that it may never be untangled."

Republican Party greed

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US Republican war on poor,

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Record US income inequality,

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26 Sep 2019: Income inequality in America is at its highest level in more than 50 years.

Stock owned by
richest 10%.
2016 84%
2013 81%
2001 71%

The Richest 10% of Americans Now Own 84% of All Stocks. Dec. 19, 2017. Time (magazine). "The top 10% of American households, as defined by total wealth, now own 84% of all stocks in 2016, according to a recent paper by NYU economist Edward N. Wolff."

Rich get richer; while middle class wages are declining (inflation-adjusted), and the federal minimum wage (inflation-adjusted) has declined.

USA. Since 2001, labor’s share of national income has suffered a sustained decline. 11 Sep 2018.

See chart. [15]. And source article.

Chart. Homelessness is increasing under Trump.

Rich pay less taxes than you,

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9 Oct 2019: America's richest 400 families now pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. CBS News.
8 Oct: For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class. The Washington Post. From the article: "The top 400 families have more wealth than the bottom 60 percent of households, while the top 0.1 percent own as much as the bottom 80 percent. ... the tipping point came in 2017, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation, championed by President Trump and then-House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), was a windfall for the wealthy: It lowered the top income tax bracket".
6 Oct: The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You. New York Times.

Source.

Massive US student debt

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Facebook video: $1.5 trillion in student debt. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Read the heartbreaking comments. 10 Dec 2018: People Are Living With An Incredible Amount Of Debt From Student Loans And Credit Cards. By Venessa Wong. BuzzFeed News.

Republican loansharking

See Wikipedia: Student debt. Roughly 1 in 4 adults. No bankruptcy rights. Much higher interest rates. Lifetime debt. Modern loansharking and predatory lending, approved by Republicans.

College at 16 is cheaper.

Return to top. See: Wikipedia: Age of majority (by country). Wikipedia: Voting age. Voting age of 16 in many countries.

Scotland: Adult at age 16. Prolonged forced adolescence is a waste of time and money. Increased agency is better. Public high school in the USA costs an average of $12,509 a year per student in taxes. The money now spent for high school between the ages of 16 to 18 could be set aside for 2 years of college tuition, room, and board. See: Scotland. What can I do at my age? See: Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991. See: Wikipedia: Education in Scotland: "In 2014, research by the Office for National Statistics found that Scotland was the most highly educated country in Europe".

Massive US medical debt,

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This doesn't happen in Canada, due to single-payer universal healthcare.

17 Jan 2019: US. 34 Devastating Stories About How People Are Still Crushed By Medical Debt. By Venessa Wong. BuzzFeed News.

Massive US household debt,

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US household debt at all time high. Chart is in the PDF linked from that page.
Total household debt timeline.

Total Household Debt by Type:

Click to enlarge. Timeline is by quarters.

Trump's falling wages

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See: Under Trump, inflation-adjusted real wages declined.

7 Feb 2020: Real pay data show Trump's 'blue collar boom' is more of a bust for US workers, in 3 charts.

Cannabis is safer

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16 Dec 2019: Majority Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization, Two More New Polls Show. "Voters who supported President Trump in the 2016 election expressed greater opposition to the policy than Republicans and Republican-leaning independents as a whole."

2 May 2019: Time to Admit It: Trump Opposed Cannabis Legalization. He opposed 3 bills for veterans’ access to medical cannabis.

23 Feb 2019: Trump Continued to Flip-Flop on Medical Marijuana.

See: Reagan's war on cannabis. And: Holy War on Drugs, Republican-led mass incarceration.

Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."


Share link: Obama.

See longer article: Cannabis is safer.

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Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015. [78][79][80].

Obama helped turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, mass incarceration. See: US incarceration peaked in 2008.


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