Pubdate: Mon, 31 Dec 2007
Source: Daily Star, The (NY)
Copyright: 2007 The Daily Star
Author: Al Gascon


One of the very first questions on the student  financial aid form 
required by the U.S. government asks  if you have ever been convicted 
of a drug crime, you  must check yes or no. If you check "yes," it 
states  that you are automatically disqualified from receiving 
assistance, now and forever. Period. Should a student  get caught 
with a couple of joints, or even a pipe, and  be prosecuted, the 
federal government cuts him off at  the knees.

There is no similar question on forms for welfare or 
assistance-related programs. In fact much of the  welfare roll is 
just such people with convictions and  for much more dangerous drugs. 
I guess it's hard to get  a job with a drug conviction, so they need 
taxpayer  charity.

Barack Hussein Obama has admitted that he used drugs,  including 
cocaine, when he was younger. Granted, an  admission of drug use 
isn't a conviction but still ...  he is eligible for taxpayer dollars 
for his campaign.

Is it just me or is there something terribly wrong here?

While this is not a letter encouraging surrender in the  war on 
drugs, for it is imperative that we do not, it  may be time to 
redirect our fire and come up with a  sane policy. One that doesn't 
punish only kids trying  to better themselves would be a good place to start.

Al Gascon

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