Share links: control and inequality and Trickle-down. This article was written by Timeshifter. See also: Holy War on Drugs, Republican-led mass incarceration. And: Under Trump, wages are not just flat, they are falling. And: Vote out most Republicans.

The drug war is a war on the poor

Return to top.

War on drugs is a war on the poor
Jeff Sessions and Granny from Beverly Hillbillies

Jeff Sessions and Granny [31].

The drug war is part of the Republican war on the poor and middle class. See infographic. Along with other mass incarceration, student debt, disenfranchisement, and wealth inequality.

Jeff Sessions once wanted to execute pot dealers.

The drug war is a control tool of the Republican Party. A tool in its quest for ever more wealth and power. At whatever the cost. With income inequality at record levels there is a need for greater control of the population. Through mass incarceration, felon disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, voter registration hurdles, constant surveillance, ever-morphing "enemies", and a war economy. Never-ending religious wars and ground wars in the Middle East, and a war at home called the war on drugs. It is a ruthless racist war on people and neighborhoods.
In 1995 Newt Gingrich proposed the death penalty for importing 2 ounces of cannabis.

New Republican governor (of Kentucky)
removed voting rights of all felons for their entire lives.
2. Jan 4, 2017 article.

He also lowered the minimum wage. See also: Jeb-Bushonomics and Rubionomics. Keeping people poor and powerless, and shrinking the middle class.

Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2018 ballot issues: marijuana & minimum wage.

Wages aren’t just flat. They’re falling

Return to top.

Reagonomics. Give rich people money

For most workers in the US wages are falling.

Workers’ wages fall after Republican tax cuts. June 13, 2018. Tax cuts went mostly to the rich. Should have gone mostly to the middle class who would have had more money free to plow back into the economy.
For the biggest group of American workers, wages aren’t just flat. They’re falling. June 15, 2018. Washington Post. [216][217][218].
Where’s That $4,000 Raise Republicans Promised Workers? June 15, 2018.

Republicans waste $$-trillions on health insurance companies, and ground wars ($5.6 trillion). Instead of paying higher wages, and higher minimum wages. As Canada does.

Increasing income inequality over time. Chart below from:
A Republican Tax Plan to Turbocharge Inequality, in 3 Charts. Dec. 17, 2017. New York Times.

Rapidly rising pre-tax income inequality in the USA

Why does National Public Radio, like most media, not report much on this?

Wikipedia: List of minimum wages by country.

  • If the minimum wage in 1968 was adjusted for inflation
  • Someday I'm gonna own my own pyramid

Chart below: Top 10% of earners receive 50% of all income:

Top 10% of US population receive 50% of all income

Chart below is from a Washington Post article on Dec. 29, 2017:
"The U.S. has one of the stingiest minimum wage policies of any wealthy nation."

U.S. minimum wage peaked in 1968

Canadian alternative to US trickle-down myth

Return to top.

Canada's new Liberal government repeats promise to legalize marijuana. "Trudeau’s pledge to
cut the tax rate for middle-income earners ... paid for by a tax hike on the wealthiest 1%."
Dec. 4, 2015 article.

Republican tax bills screw the middle class

Return to top.

Chart below. 2017 Republican tax and individual mandate repeal bill. Yellow is for an average increase in cost for people in those groups. Higher costs hitting more people each year. Up to incomes of $75,000.

2017 Republican tax and individual mandate repeal bill. Effect on average taxpayer by income group

Chart source.

Will 2018 midterm elections remove Republicans? 2018 ballot issues: marijuana & minimum wage.
Republican tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, Congressional Budget Office finds. "By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries".
2 polls: Only 29% of Americans approve of Republican tax plan. 2.

U.S. household debt at all time high

Return to top.

U.S. household debt at all time high. Chart below from page 3 of PDF.
2003 to 2017 (4th quarter). Total Household Debt by Type:

Total household debt by type over time

Click to enlarge. Timeline is by quarters.

4 reasons to support universal healthcare

In jail for being in debt

Return to top.

Jail, jail deaths (2), jail healthcare, and bail. A Lot Of People Are Dying At This Understaffed Texas Jail. And: How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem. 2.3.4. See: video. Dumbass Republican lock-em-up types can't do math. Jail costs a lot more than unpaid fines. Community service is better. It saves tax money on jail, and on city cleanup work. And: Justice Department blasts ‘unconstitutional’ fixed bail schedules. Many innocent people in jail. And: Many marijuana users in jail without bail money. And: Senator Kamela Harris push for bail reform.

Reagan, Drug War, Trickle Down Economics

Return to top.

See Wikipedia: Trickle-down economics.

Reagan's war on cannabis is where the U.S. incarceration nation began. US Republicans block full marijuana legalization since cannabis reform is the means to ending the Drug War, which is the key to mass incarceration and mass control.

Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech 1: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass, whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
See Reagan say it at 1 minute 7 seconds into this video clip narrated by Woody Harrelson.
Drug war + Trickle-down Reaganomics, = mass incarceration and mass control.

Trickle-down Reaganomics, a child's course in economics.

LBJ. Republicans simply don't know how to manage the economy

Sources: [32][33]

Reagonomics. Give rich people money


Record high in the Dow, but median wage remains stagnant. [219]. Republicans block cannabis legislation and minimum wage increases. Real (inflation-adjusted) wages for most Americans have remained stagnant for decades. Note also the incredible transfer of wealth from the bottom 90% to the top 0.1%.

See charts:

There was a 7.5 percent average rate of unemployment under Reagan.

Looking back fondly on the Reagan years

War on drugs cannon


Return to top.