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“Beware The Consequences of Pre-Emptive War”

February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Matthew Hawes

Dr. Paul’s latest Texas Straight Talk:

Last year more US troops died by suicide than died in combat in Afghanistan. More than 20 percent of military personnel deployed to combat will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some 32 percent of US soldiers reported depression after deployments. More than 20 percent of active-duty military are on potentially dangerous psychotropic drugs; many are on multiple types. Violent crime among active duty military members increased 31 percent between 2006-2011.

The statistics, compiled by the military last year, are as telling as they are disturbing. The Defense Department scrambles to implement new programs to better treat the symptoms. They implement new substance abuse and psychological counseling programs while they continue to prescribe more dangerous psychotropic drugs. Unfortunately, most often ignored are the real causes of these alarming statistics.

The sharp rise in military suicides, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic and other violence, is the unintended consequence of a violent foreign policy — of an endless and indefinable “global war on terrorism.”

Particularly in the past decade or so, we have lived in a society increasingly marked by belief in the use of force as a first and only option. We have seen wars of preemption and aggression, everywhere from Iraq to Pakistan to Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. We have seen an unprecedented increase in the use of drones to kill overseas, often resulting in civilian deaths, which we call “collateral damage.” We have seen torture and assassination (even of American citizens) become official US policy. When asked by Senator Ron Wyden last week if the president has the right to assassinate American citizens on US soil, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan, could not even give a straight answer.

The warning that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword” goes not only for individuals but for entire societies. It is a warning to all of us. A country or a society that lives with the violence of pre-emptive war in fact self-destructs.

Let us not forget that this endless war is brought to us primarily by the neo-conservatives who dominate foreign policy in both political parties and who never cease agitating for US military deployments overseas. Of course with very few exceptions they have declined to serve in the military themselves. These endless wars would not be possible, we should also remember, without the Federal Reserve …read more
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Kevin A. Sabet, Co-Chair SAM, Talks On Huffington Post Live

February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green Kevin A. Sabet, Co-chair of SAM, talks to HuffingtonPost DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim about marijuana reform bills. Sothat’swhat reefer madness looks like…

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Cannabis And Epilepsy

February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green A visual demonstration of the effectiveness of cannabis as medicine for Epilepsy and movement disorders.

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Why Does Idaho Senator Chuck Winder Hate Marijuana So Much?

February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green On Friday I posted an article about Idaho Senator Chuck Winder introducing legislation that would block medical marijuana from EVER being allowed in Idaho. Luckily, hardworking activists showed up at the first hearing to voice their opposition and it seems to have slowed the process. Had those hardworking activists like Lindsey Rinehart not been there, [Continue Reading]

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Federal Marijuana Bills Make Media Wave

February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green By Romain Bonilla, Portland State University SSDP Earlier this week, Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) took a bold stand for marijuana law reform by introducing legislation to end federal marijuana prohibition. All too oftenlaughed offby politicians, themajority of Americanssupporting legalization can now rest assured that someone is voicing their concerns on Capitol [Continue Reading]

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Obamacare's 'Giveaway' Is Anything But Free

February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Michael D. Tanner

Michael D. Tanner

If a deal sounds too good to be true it usually is. That’s a
maxim that Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin legislators should keep
in mind as they wrestle with the question of whether to expand the
state’s Medicaid program in conjunction with the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.

Obamacare originally required every state to expand eligibility
for Medicaid to 138% of the poverty line, or roughly $32,500 per
year for a family of four. The expansion would also make childless
single men, a notoriously high-cost group, eligible for Medicaid
for the first time in every state (although Wisconsin already
covers this group through Badger Care Plus). Not surprisingly, many
states balked, and last summer the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the
federal government could not force states to expand their
programs.

Now, like a late-night television huckster with a set of Ginzu
knives, the federal government is dangling “free” money in front of
state lawmakers as an incentive for them to go along. For the first
three years, the federal government promises to pay 100% of cost of
the expansion. This 100% funding will gradually decline to 95% in
2017, 94% in 2018, 93% in 2019, and 90% in 2020 and thereafter.
Given that the federal government only provides 59.74% of the
funding for Wisconsin’s current Medicaid program, this sounds like
a very good deal.

Going along with
this massive Medicaid expansion will end up hurting taxpayers,
providers, and patients.”

But as good as it sounds, Wisconsin should resist the
temptation.

First, there is no such thing as free money. Wisconsinites pay
federal taxes too. Those federal funds are just being recycled.
More importantly, even with the federal government picking up 90%
of the cost, Wisconsin taxpayers are not completely off the hook
for state taxes. Ten percent of a very big number is still a very
big number. In fact, by 2022, it is estimated the Medicaid
expansion will cost Wisconsin taxpayers $200 million.

However, those estimates significantly underestimate the cost to
Wisconsin if it goes forward with the expansion. It ignores a
second category of recipients likely to be added to the Medicaid
rolls if this expansion moves forward, what the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation has dubbed “the woodwork effect.”

As the Medicaid expansion moves forward, with all its attendant
outreach and publicity, thousands of Wisconsin residents will
discover that they are currently eligible for Medicaid. Some of
these people will be uninsured today, but others will either be
paying for insurance themselves today or receiving it from their
employer. Now, they will be more likely to sign up for Medicaid. In
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