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Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget
    #15835374 - 02/20/12 01:13 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

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Drug War Autopilot and Co-Autopilot: ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske with President Obama

The Obama administration this week released its Fiscal Year 2013 National Drug Control Budget, and it wants to spend nearly $26 billion on federal anti-drug programs. Despite all the talk about the staggering federal debt problem and current budget deficits, the administration found nothing to cut here. Instead, the proposed budget increases federal anti-drug funding by 1.6% over fiscal year 2012.

The proposed budget is remarkable for how closely it hews to previous years, especially in regard to the allocation of resources for demand reduction (treatment and prevention) versus those for supply reduction (domestic and international law enforcement and interdiction). The roughly 40:60 ratio that has been in place for years has shifted, but only incrementally. The 2013 budget allocates 41.2% for treatment and prevention and 58.2% for law enforcement.

"This is very much the same drug budget we've been seeing for years," said Bill Piper, national affairs director for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). "The Obama drug budget is the Bush drug budget, which was the Clinton drug budget. Little has changed."

"It's really just more of the same," said Sean Dunagan, a former DEA intelligence analyst whose last assignment in northeastern Mexico between 2008 and 2010, a when prohibition-related violence there was soaring, helped change his perspective. Dunagan quit the DEA and is now a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

"There are very minor adjustments in how the drug spending is allocated and bit more money for treatment, but there's a significant increase in interdiction, as well as a $61 million increase for domestic law enforcement," Dunagan noted. "They're trying to argue that they're abandoning the drug war and shifting the focus, but the numbers don't really back that up."

The proposed budget also demonstrates the breadth of the federal drug spending largesse among the bureaucratic fiefdoms in Washington. Departments that catch a ride on the drug war gravy train include Agriculture, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Veterans' Affairs, as well as the federal judiciary, District of Columbia courts, the Small Business Administration, and, of course, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP -- the drug czar's office).

"It's just the same old programs being funded through the same old stove-pipes," said Eric Sterling, executive director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. "In a way, it's ironic. When Congress passed the legislation creating the drug czar's office in 1988, the idea was for the drug czar to look at all the federal anti-drug spending and come in and say he was going to take the funds from one program and shift them to a more effective program. I think many in Congress hoped he would shift resources from law enforcement to treatment and prevention because there was evidence that those sorts of programs were more effective and a better use of resources. That didn't happen," he said.

"The people who run the bureaucratic fiefdoms at Justice, Homeland Security, Defense, State and Treasury have outmuscled the drug czar, and now the drug czar's budget announcements are reduced to public relations and spin," Sterling continued. "They take some $15 or $20 million program and bullet-point it as significant, but that's almost nothing when it comes to federal drug dollars."

The Justice Department alone would get $7.85 billion, up almost $400 million from FY 2012, with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the DEA among those Justice components seeing funding increases. BOP spending would increase by about 8%, while the DEA budget would increase from $2.35 million to $2.38 million. On the other hand, the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which lost its congressional patron with the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), has been zeroed out.

"The hundreds of millions of dollar increases in funding requested for the Federal Bureau of Prisons is particularly outrageous," said Sterling. "There are too many people doing too much time they don't need to be doing. Obama has the power to save hundreds of millions of dollars by commuting excessively long sentences. He could reduce the deficit and increase the amount of justice in America.

"He could tell the BOP he was ordering a cap on the federal prison population that now has a sentenced population of 198,000, Sterling continued, on a roll. "He could order them that whenever a new prisoner arrives, they have to send him the names of prisoners who may have served enough time for their crimes for him to consider for immediate release from prison. He could ask all the federal judges to send him the names of people they have sentenced to longer terms than they think are just. If he had the heart to reach out to those prisoners who are serving decades for minor roles and their suffering families, if he had the brains to put in place the means to achieve those cost-serving measures, and if he had the guts to actually use the constitutional power he has to do it, that would be great."

"That increase in incarceration spending really jumps out at me, too" said Dunagan. "To make their claim that they're not going to be locking up small-time dealers and users is pretty disingenuous."

Pentagon spending on interdiction and other anti-drug activities would decline somewhat, with the budget proposing $1.725 billion for 2013, a decline of $200 million from the 2012 budget. But interdiction spending goes up elsewhere, as Dunagan noted.

And State Department drug spending would take a hit. Spending would decline by just more than $100 million to $687 million, but most of that decrease would come from reduced funding for alternative development assistance, while State's other drug-related program, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs ("drugs and thugs"), would see only a $6 million decrease.

While funding for prevention and treatment would increase by 4.6% under the proposed budget, some treatment and grant programs are seeing cuts, while criminal justice system-based approaches are getting more money.

"I'm concerned that the budget seems to be emphasizing drug courts and criminal justice-based drug treatment," said Piper. "They're cutting SAMSHA, which funds a lot of treatment, but increasing spending for prison-based treatment."

The $364 million earmarked for SAMSHA's treatment programs is a $61 million reduction from FY 2012, while drug courts saw a $17 million increase to $52 million and BOP drug treatment programs saw a $16 million increase to $109 million.

The new drug budget also resurrects the drug czar's widely criticized National Youth Media Campaign, dropped last year when Congress failed to fund it.

"I'm also disappointed that they put back in funding for the drug czar's failed youth media campaign, which Congress eliminated last year," said Piper. "It's only $20 million, and you can hardly do a national media campaign with that, but still."

This is only the administration's budget proposal, of course, and Congress will have plenty of opportunities to try to cut (or increase) portions of it. Still, the proposed budget is a window on the thinking of administration that has talked the talk about how we are no longer in a war on drugs, but has taken only stumblingly tiny steps toward walking the walk. And drug reformers aren't liking what they're seeing.

"LEAP thinks this is misguided," said Dunagan. "The only thing that's different is the rhetoric used to spin it, and even that is a sort of tacit acknowledgment by the administration that people don't really like the drug war, but substantively, there's very little different from the past."

"Between the drug budgets and his war on medical marijuana, we're very disappointed in Obama," said DPA's Piper.

"We should be disappointed in the Obama administration," said Sterling. "There was supposed to be change. This was the University of Chicago law professor, the Harvard-trained lawyer, who was going to bring in his own people and make real change. I'm very disappointed in his drug policies and criminal justice policies. My disappointment with his policy failures don't have anything to do with the economic crisis or the geostrategic situation he inherited.


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: 5-HT2A]
    #15835530 - 02/20/12 01:44 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

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$26 billion on federal anti-drug programs.... 58.2% for law enforcement.





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while the DEA budget would increase from $2.35 million to $2.38 million.




The DEA only gets 2.38 million?

That doesn't sound right.

They gotta spend more than that on gas for their helicopters.


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: Beefy1]
    #15836072 - 02/20/12 04:32 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

2013 budget, haha. Like he's going to be in office...


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: DebuteMachine] * 2
    #15836274 - 02/20/12 06:16 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

I said it when he first ran for president and ill say it again he is living in a fucking fantasy candy land where he can just spend as much money as he can on unessicary bullshit without any negative reprecautions.I think he brings disgrace to the presidency with So so many false promise completely cast away.I didnt vote for him last election i willl not vote for him now fuck obama :thumbdown:


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: Seriously_Spaced]
    #15836390 - 02/20/12 07:37 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Trust me, Romney or Gingrich would be no different.


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: ToiletDuk]
    #15836402 - 02/20/12 07:49 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

they all work for the same man, me. lmao.


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: ToiletDuk]
    #15836419 - 02/20/12 07:58 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

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Trust me, Romney or Gingrich would be no different.





Actually they would be a whole lot worse with regards to drug policy.


I guess one reason that the drug budget remains the same is that if they shifted enforcement money to education/rehab, a lot of feds would be out of work.



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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: Alan Rockefeller]
    #15836433 - 02/20/12 08:07 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

I suspect you're certainly right about that.


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: ToiletDuk]
    #15836451 - 02/20/12 08:15 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

It is going to be a tough decisions for socially liberal republicans, especially if Santorum wins the primary.  Do they vote for Obama, who is known to suck, or the devil himself?


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: Alan Rockefeller]
    #15836472 - 02/20/12 08:29 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

It's going to be an interesting election, no matter whom the Reps pick to run, that's for sure.


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: DebuteMachine]
    #15836480 - 02/20/12 08:37 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

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2013 budget, haha. Like he's going to be in office...




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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: losfreddy]
    #15836748 - 02/20/12 10:50 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

The budget isn't even going to pass; this is just a political game. The last budget he proposed was so preposterous and toxic that it did not get a single vote in the Senate -not one-.

Remember, a budget only needs a simple majority to pass unlike most legislation and the dems have a simple majority. They can pass any budget they want but they choose not too for political reasons.

While Obama is a disaster as a president, he is merely the latest in a line of increasingly dictatorial presidents. Our nation is on a road to tyranny and it is both parties doing it. The differences between the parties are stylistic and minor but they are exploited by the media to keep the people divided while the crooks in the government and the cronies of the crooks in the government rob our treasury blind.

A divided people is a distracted people and the media is very good at furthering the divide. The mainstream media has become nothing more than the propaganda arm of the government.


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: setb]
    #15836941 - 02/20/12 12:15 PM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Looks like David Rockefeller wants obama in the office for another run...


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: setb]
    #15837660 - 02/20/12 03:31 PM (2 years, 8 months ago)

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The budget isn't even going to pass; this is just a political game. The last budget he proposed was so preposterous and toxic that it did not get a single vote in the Senate -not one-.

Remember, a budget only needs a simple majority to pass unlike most legislation and the dems have a simple majority. They can pass any budget they want but they choose not too for political reasons.

While Obama is a disaster as a president, he is merely the latest in a line of increasingly dictatorial presidents. Our nation is on a road to tyranny and it is both parties doing it. The differences between the parties are stylistic and minor but they are exploited by the media to keep the people divided while the crooks in the government and the cronies of the crooks in the government rob our treasury blind.

A divided people is a distracted people and the media is very good at furthering the divide. The mainstream media has become nothing more than the propaganda arm of the government.




You hit it the nail right on the head. It saddens me how ill informed and downright brainwashed the 'average' American is in regard to something this important. The founding fathers would be deeply saddened and disappointed at the politicians and the American people that allow this to happen right in front of there eyes. People think because they see a few clips or sound bytes on the news or tv that they know whats going on in the political world based on that? How is one supposed to know enough to make a well informed decision on who to vote for to best represent oneself?

You are absolutly right- the media is great at manipulating the public by spoonfeeding the average lay person what IT wants. People desperately need to do the research and educate themselves on the issues and where the candidates stand- and get involved. Hate to say it but not doing so is IMO unpartiotic and is easily one of the BIGGEST diservices any American can do for this country.


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: Sorealism]
    #15837788 - 02/20/12 03:58 PM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Also just to be fair, fuck Gil as well. He's a turn coat just the same.


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Re: Meet Obama's Proposed 2013 Federal Drug Budget [Re: DebuteMachine] * 1
    #15845508 - 02/22/12 01:28 AM (2 years, 8 months ago)

Ron Paul 2012

"People desperately need to do the research and educate themselves on the issues and where the candidates stand- and get involved. Hate to say it but not doing so is IMO unpartiotic and is easily one of the BIGGEST diservices any American can do for this country."

Try telling them that. I do all the time, and they immediately get defensive and pissed. Some of them even tell me I should leave the country if I don't like the way things are. Can you believe that shit? It IS unpatriotic. It is irresponsible citizenship at least, but they will never accept it......It is depressing. And I am talking about members of my own family, too.


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