…n admitted this himself in recent days. While trying to extricate himself from the mess he created, he noted that when he cracked down on the over-prescribing of pharmaceutical opiates he didn’t foresee that he was priming many of his most vulnerable constituents for heroin use.
We never learn from history. The Prohibitionists didn’t forsee they would be financing the creation organized crime in America. Today’s war on drugs is simply a way to enrich for-profit prisons that actively lobby for the right to take over government contracts and then provide substandard treatment of prisoners supervised by poorly trained, low wage, non-union guards.
As evidenced by how much money the nation’s largest private prison operator contributed to his campaign, LePage wasn’t stupid. He knew exactly what he wanted to do.