Friday, May 15, 2009

The Obama administration continues to change the way it describes some of the nation's toughest problems. The latest phrase to go: "the war on drugs."

The Wall Street Journal says drug czar Gil Kerlikowske feels it is a barrier to dealing with the nation's drug issues: "Regardless of how you try to explain to people it's a 'war on drugs' or a 'war on a product,' people see a war as a war on them. We're not at war with people in this country."

Kerlikowske says the administration is likely to deal with drugs as a matter of public health rather than criminal justice alone — favoring treatment over incarceration.

The president has already shelved the phrase "global War on Terror." And we reported back in March on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's avoidance of the word "terrorism" — in favor of "man-caused disasters."

See the story in its original context HERE.

Hey, Obama! Let's focus less on changing the names of issues (Terrorism is now man-caused disasters? Are you serious?), and more on solving those issues! You may be able to fool some of the country into thinking that these name changes are some sort of progress, but whether you call it 'terrorism' or 'man-caused disasters' people are still dying. Fix the issue... not the name!

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