Fascism is the union of government with private business against the People.
"To The States, or any one of them, or to any city of The States: Resist much, Obey little; Once unquestioning obedience, at once fully enslaved; Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, ever afterward resumes its liberty." from "Caution" by Walt Whitman

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fascism is evident when the producers of a deadly substance is given all the protections afforded by government for their killer product, despite the product killing countless millions.
In the following article, you will read about how deadly alcohol is, and how much it costs the People to pay for alcohol's deadly repercussions.
Compare this to how the Fascists use government to oppress Cannabis ["marijuana"], which does not kill people, is easily grown without the corporations monopolizing it's production and which is healthier than alcohol...

2011-10-18 "The Hidden Costs of Alcohol Abuse in America" by Sam Taxy
Can you try to guess what the social losses of alcohol abuse are in the US? What’s the total if you add up everything, from the increased cost of treating health problems to drunk driving accidents: do you think it’s in the millions or billions? It’s actually in the hundreds of billions — $224 billion annually to be exact.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a new study that shows how much society loses because of excessive drinking, and the numbers aren’t pretty [http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p1017_alcohol_consumption.html]. Of the $224 billion, almost three quarters of it (72%) is due to lost productivity in the workplace. Health issues (11%), increased law enforcement (9%) and drunk driving accidents (6%) make up the remainder. The researchers break the numbers down in a lot of different useful ways. $224 billion represents an additional social cost of $1.90 for every alcoholic drink, or $746 for every person in the country. (As with most economic studies, the data lags, so it is from the year 2006.)
The main culprit here is binge-drinking behavior. Binge-drinking is defined as when a woman of average weight drinks four or more drinks in one setting, or when a man of average weight drinks five. This reckless over-indulgence is responsible for three quarters of the costs, says CDC chief Thomas Frieden. “This research captures the reality that binge drinking means binge spending and, left unchecked, the burdensome cost of excessive drinking will only go up,” he said in the press release [http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p1017_alcohol_consumption.html], “Unfortunately the hangover is being passed on to all of us in the workplace and the health and criminal justice systems. The cure is responsible individual behavior combined with the successful policies we used to decrease smoking in the United States.”
That last bit — that we need more successful policies — is especially relevant in the recession. That figure — $224 billion annually — is about half the price of Obama’s jobs plan, which is expected to (if passed) add over a million jobs. Imagine how much of a stimulus it would be to the economy to redirect that lost money towards education, debt reduction or infrastructure improvement. This is just one of many reasons why policy makers should be thinking about alcohol excise taxes as a way to boost revenue — and cut down on social problems [http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/09/24/health.booze.tax/index.html].

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