The War on Drugs Starts Here

The New York Times weighs in on the President’s new budget:

The Bush administration, which offers regular lectures on the superior logic of the free market, clearly doesn’t get this equation of supply and demand. Last October, Washington announced a new $1.4 billion assistance package for Mexico and Central America to combat the drug trade. Then the White House unveiled its 2009 budget, which calls for a 1.5 percent cut in spending on domestic drug prevention and treatment programs.

Yet the White House’s budget proposal for 2009 cuts the funding for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse to $4.9 billion. The budget for prevention programs — like the drug-free schools grants — was cut by 14.2 percent to just above $1.5 billion. After accounting for inflation, spending on prevention has fallen every year since 2002.