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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Good Move

The Obama Administration is looking to unclog the prisons by reducing the sentences of non-violent drug offenders and stop prosecuting them so strenuously.

Absent action by the do-nothing Congress, this is a pretty good step.

It would be nice to see them re-schedule marijuana as a schedule three drug, but that might require them to get congressional approval and...

Booman wants to know what the administration can do without Congress to advance a more progressive agenda, and this certainly qualifies.  (I suggested killing the Keystone pipeline.)

But we are boxed in to an inert government by the lack of Republicans willing to even negotiate with the Administration.  Even in Clinton's second term, he was able to get CHIP passed.

I fear Obama will be reduced to impermanent executive actions.

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