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POTUS Ponders Drug Sentencing Reform after Kanye Rendezvous

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As Americans and the world at large continue to reexamine the realities of the failed war on drugs, a number of citizens have been in the President’s ear on the subject.

Earlier this, television star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian met with President Trump at the White House to discuss the subject of prison reform, in a conversation that eventually led to the Commander in Chief to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson – a woman who was sentenced to life for a drug conviction.

Now, after hearing similar pleas for reform from Kardashian’s husband, eccentric rapper Kanye West, the President has signaled a willingness to indulge in future drug sentencing reform.

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“You have many people like Mrs. Johnson,” Trump said on Fox News. “There are people in jail for really long terms.”

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Notably, Trump did not say the solution is more commutations, although those would certainly be welcome. “There has to be a reform, because it’s very unfair right now,” he said. “It’s very unfair to African-Americans. It’s very unfair to everybody.”

Trump had high praise for criminal justice reforms in Texas and Georgia, which in recent years have seen falling crime rates even as they reduced their prison populations. “They really have done a tremendous job with reform,” he said.

These comments, which may seem surprising from a man who has consciously cultivated a tough-on-crime image, reflect the influence of people Trump respects, people like his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a supporter of the conservative reform organization Right on Crime. And yes, people like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

These statements come within hours of Canada’s incredible legal maneuver in which the national prohibition on marijuana has been lifted.

The United States certainly stands to profit should they follow suit, not only for the green gold rush that recreational and medicinal marijuana has proven itself to be, but also with the possibility of year round exports of the cash crop to Canada during our ally’s long, cold winters.

 

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Inefficiency and ‘Too Big To Fail’ Government Contracts Sting The Taxpayer

Gary S. Goldman is the nationally recognized host of “Business, Politics, & Lifestyles” a weekly talk show airing on WCRN 830 in Metro Boston MA. Learn more at garyonbpl.com.   

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There are many problems with government contracting. The Federal News Network identified one problem when they reported on May 11, 2021, “The longer it takes the Biden administration to get its final fiscal year 2022 appropriation request out, the worse it’ll be for federal contracting. By one account, the final numbers might not get until February.” That is February of 2022, because they will likely not finish work on appropriations until the end of the year while the Fiscal 2022 year starts on October 1, 2021. Inefficiently usually leads to taxpayers paying more for less. There is another problem for the taxpayer, and it is enormous long term federal contracts that are on autopilot. During the 2008 financial crisis, Americans learned the danger of “too big to fail.” Banks that had lent foolishly had to be bailed out at great expense. Well, these days we are relearning the lesson of “too big to fail.” Except now the government has put itself on the hook. The issue this time revolves around federal government contracting, especially at the Pentagon. The problem begins in a different era, the 1990s. Back then, the United States was the unchallenged and unchallengeable power. The Soviet Union had collapsed, and the rest of the world was either allied with us our cowed by us. At that time, the goal was to develop a new generation of weapons that would expand military dominance for decades to come. The federal treasury was overflowing, and money was no object. Leaders decided to back the F-35, a Joint Strike Fighter that would, supposedly, be able to replace jets used by the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marine Corps. A big problem with the plan is that it relied, as so many government projects do, on a single contractor. The entire F-35 contract went…

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Army Releases Woke Lesbian Recruitment Video, But Still Finds Woman Can’t Pass Fitness Test

The U.S. Army released a new woke recruitment video to appeal to lesbians.

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The U.S. Army released a new woke recruitment video to appeal to lesbians, yet the Pentagon has admitted that female soldiers still can’t pass the fitness test, even after they were downgraded. The Army released its animated advertisement featuring a girl raised by two pride parade-marching, lesbian mothers. Per the Washington Examiner: The advertisement, titled Emma: The Calling, showed a girl’s childhood before she joined the Army as a Patriot Missile operator. The two-minute video followed Emma while she watched her two mothers get married, joined a sorority at the University of California-Davis, and fought for “freedom” at a young age by participating in a gay rights parade. “It begins in California with a little girl raised by two moms. Although I had a fairly typical childhood, took ballet, played violin, I also marched for equality. I like to think I’ve been defending freedom from an early age,” she said in the advertisement, which was posted to YouTube on May 4. “When I was 6 years old, one of my moms had an accident that left her paralyzed,” she continued. “Doctors said she might never walk again, but she tapped into my family’s pride to get back on her feet, eventually standing at the altar to marry my other mom.” WATCH: https://youtu.be/MIYGFSONKbk Meanwhile, the Pentagon has had to admit that nearly half of the female soldiers have failed the already weakened Army Combat fitness Test during the first half of 2020. https://twitter.com/StevenBeynon/status/1391753154279231494 The ACFT consists of six different events, and the test has been changed since last year. Women are now allowed to skip the leg tucks, which had a 41 percent fail rate. Even though the test has been weakened, 44 percent of women still failed the test in the first half of the year. The Army had already…

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