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Student lightbulb for Obama: use stimulants to stimulate economy

December 4, 2009

EU-ENERGY/LIGHT-BULBSA student in Pennsylvania offered President Barack Obama a way to boost the economy that probably hasn’t been on the table at the White House.

“Mr. Obama, I really appreciate how you’re trying to stimulate the economy to help this country out,” the second-year student began in addressing the president on his visit to Allentown.

Then he noted that in college he had been studying “some criminology…”

(Remember those student eureka moments in solving the world’s problems?)

And here comes the thesis:  “I was wondering if, maybe if you checked out some of the statistics about legalizing prostitution, gambling, drugs and nonviolent crime in order to stimulate some of the economy?”

Hmmmm … So how is a president to respond? OBAMA JOBS/

“I think, first of all, part of what you’re supposed to do in college is question conventional wisdom,” Obama said. “And so you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing — which is thinking in new ways about things.”

Not bad. Showed some presidential skills probably learned as a parent answering unexpected questions from children.

Let us know about any novel ideas to bolster the economy…

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama holds girl after speech at Pennsylvania college), Reuters/Michael Dalder (light bulb)

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I got a laugh out of this piece but you’ve got to admit the kid might have something there.

Posted by brianbigel | Report as abusive
 

Crimes like prostitution and drug use are moral crimes. They are illegal only because of their moral stigma. People who engage in such activity do not invade the homes/lives of others and force them to take part.

Legalizing such “crimes” would lift a huge burden off the correctional system.It would bring revenue to the market place. It would also afford the citizenry the freedom to do legally what they already do illegally.

Nothing much would really change except that there would be less people in prison and our culture would have to mature much faster and actually deal with these things in a reasonable and sensible manner. Right now we just throw people in prison for doing things we (society)”don’t like”. And that is just ridiculous.

Posted by Benny_Acosta | Report as abusive
 

Our States Attorneys do not prosecute very much in this country any more. They persecute. Ninety-two percent of all cases are plea bargained. What would happen to our criminal justice system if most of the accused demanded a trial.

Posted by eddieblack | Report as abusive
 

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