Gore To Propose $500 Million Anti-Drug Program 

Gore To Propose $500 Million Anti-Drug Program 
Posted by FoM on May 02, 2000 at 12:22:29 PT
By Terry M. Neal, Washington Post Staff Writer
Source: Washington Post
After laying low for much of the past month, Vice President Gore is on a tear.This afternoon in suburban Atlanta, Gore will announce $500 million in proposals designed to curb illegal drug use and drug crime.
He also will propose allowing all off-duty and retired police officers to carry concealed weapons as long as they pass a regular recertification test. Gore spokesman Chris Lahane said he didn't have an estimate for how many officers around the country can't carry their weapons off duty.Gore's proposal would pre-empt local and state laws and extend to all law enforcement officers the same rights as federal officers to carry their weapons off duty.The vice president also will reiterate his support for a $1.3 billion proposal to add 50,000 new officers to the 100,000 officers previously approved by Congress for local police departments around the country.Gore's aides pitched today's speech at the Virginia Highlands YWCA in suburban Atlanta as a "major crime speech." But much of what the vice president planned to talk about today he already has proposed over the last year.Joining Gore at the event today will be Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett, the first African American woman in the country to be elected to that posiiton, as well as Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and Atlanta Police Chief Beverly Howard, the city's first African American woman police chief.While the Gore campaign billed the speech as an opportunity for candidate to expound on his own vision of crime fighting, the actual purpose of the speech is to attack Texas Gov. George Bush's record on crime, much as Gore has been doing in recent days on foreign and economic policy and social security.Atlanta, GeorgiaPublished: Tuesday , May 2, 2000 © 2000 The Washington Post Company Gore Steers to the Center With Anti-Crime Proposal Articles On Al Gore: 
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Comment #5 posted by kaptinemo on May 03, 2000 at 09:54:12 PT:
The Grande Masque
A long time ago, the rich and powerful used to hold these parties where everyone wore elaborate masks and danced all night. The idea behind the masks was to guess who actually was who. But since the only people who were invited were the rich, it was a very small circle of guests indeed. But still they played their coquettish games, pretending they didn't recognize each other for who and what they were. The analogy between this and American elections is painfully obvious; the players are well aware of the ground rules, their roles in the dance (they pretend to have differences, but in actuality, they are but halves of a whole), and the purpose of it all. And that is the preservation of thre status quo. At all costs. Remember when Clinton was running for office? Remember how he sounded so reasonable? People were tired of the hard-nosed Reps and their chiselling, Big Business favoring ways, here's a (supposedly) breath of fresh air supportive of the Pee-pul. He wore a very appealing mask at the ball. And lots of folks were charmed by it. And voted for him.And what did he do when the music stopped, and it was time to take off that smiling, reasonable mask? Our non-inhaling Prez presides over the biggest lockup of pot smokers in the whole sordid history of the DrugWar. I remember reading in the MAPS newsletter that after one individual met with the former DrugCzar Lee Brown, he was quoted as saying "They like to sound like liberals, but the reality is they're still conservatives."4D is quite right; Jaw-jee is making all the right noises, to all the right groups, just like Clinton did. But the ugly reality will prove to be he's just another hack who'll pimp himself to get the job, and turn his ideological coat once he sets foot in the Oval Office. There's simply too much political capital to be harvested practically free-of-charge by pandering to the same law 'n' order crowd... who've made the DrugWar the horrific mess it is today. Jaw-jee knows which side of the bread the butter is on...and he won't drop it on the carpet by being honest about how uch of a failure the DrugWar is...or how much he's benefitted personally by that failure. 
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Comment #4 posted by dddd on May 03, 2000 at 00:24:14 PT
What the Shrub says may sound encouraging and nice, "I believe each state can choose thatdecision as they so choose,"....Am I the only one who doesnt trust this guy?Does anyone seriously beleive that giving states the right to choose,would EVER become a reality with the Shrub in the oval office? As far as drug policy reform is concerned,,it will make no difference if it's Bush or Gore.They are Republicrats and Demicans.They will say ANYTHING,to weasel you into voting for them. If you think Bush would do anything to reform drug laws,then you probably think your going to win the lottery. I know all this sounds negative and bitter,but the government has turned into a pair of ruling parties.I hate to say it,but I think we may have passed the point of no return in our lifetimes.The two "partys",are so heavily entrenched,and have so many ties,and connections to the corporate mega multinationals,that own and control the media,,,that I dont things look too promising. But of course,this is not to say that we shouldnt keep on keepin' on,doing all we can towards the betterment of generations to come......dddd 
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Comment #3 posted by nl5x on May 02, 2000 at 20:28:57 PT
better of 2 evils
Bushlet Supports States’ Rights On Medical Marijuana; At Odds With Party Leaders, The Anointed One Continues To Move To The Center. Bush backs states' rights on marijuanaHe opposes medical use but favors local controlOctober 20, 1999From The Dallas Morning News By Susan Feeney / The Dallas Morning NewsWASHINGTON - Gov. George Bush said he backs a state's right to decide whether to allow medical use of marijuana, a position that puts him sharply at odds with Republicans on Capitol Hill. "I believe each state can choose that decision as they so choose," the governor said recently in Seattle in response to a reporter's question.Chuck Thomas, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, a medical marijuana lobbying group, praised Mr. Bush as "courageous" and "consistent on states' rights. I would hope he would be an example for Republicans in Congress."
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on May 02, 2000 at 13:56:53 PT
My Thoughts!
MMMM,I'm glad this news is breaking on what Gore says he'll do. We have time before elections to raise issues that we have and how we would solve the drug problem. I was worried that nothing was being said and now this will push Bush to say what he will do! I hope!Peace, FoM!
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Comment #1 posted by MMMM on May 02, 2000 at 13:51:00 PT
Gore the pot smoker ....
Gore didn't differentiate between hard drugs and pot or medical marijuana. 
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