Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SHUT UP... and El Paso Steps Down

You might remember an item I posted here not too long ago about the City Council of El Paso, Texas, passing a resolution asking the federal government to at least consider the idea of decriminalizing drugs. This was one item of a dozen or so recommendations to help stop the violence in their sister city across the border, Juarez, Mexico. That resolution was vetoed by the city's mayor.

Well, the feds got to them. Half of the city council backed away from overturning the veto, supposedly because of subtle or not so subtle threats of withholding state or federal funds from the city. Here's the news story. J.D. Tuccille has some commentary on the issue at his Disloyal Opposition blog.

That's why I say it's not very libertarian of me to wish the feds would do the same thing to Arcata and Eureka: Withhold federal monies for passage of those anti- military recruitment measures we're going to court over. What goes around, comes around. Still, it would be fun to see that happen here.


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