Politics and economics are not just different. They are antagonistic. The basic premise of economics is scarcity: There is never enough to satisfy everybody. That means there is no free lunch, no “solutions,” only trade-offs.
Politics is all forms of “solutions.” There are free lunches for every voting bloc. The name of the game in politics is do a little good, right under your nose, and ignore the harm created elsewhere . . .
The only question, then, is what are you prepared to give up to get what you want? What would you be prepared to give up to get this:
1. An end to drug-related murders of policemen and of innocent bystanders in neighborhoods where drug wars take place.
2. A substantial reduction of the nation’s prison population, relieving the over-crowding and providing space to hold violent criminals.
3. An end to drug-financed corruption of law enforcement officials, including judges and of politicians here and in foreign countries.
What would you have to give up to get all this? You would have to give up the attempt to run other people’s lives, which is what our present drug laws are.