Pot On The Brain of WH Questioners

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According to the White House,more than 90,000 people submitted more than 104,000 questions and cast 3.6 million votes on which to ask President Obama.  The top-rated question under the category of "fiscal stability" is, you guessed it, about pot. "Would you support the bill currently going through the California legislation to legalize and tax marijuana, boosting the economy and reducing drug cartel related violence?"  Top question in the budget category: "With over 1 out of 30 Americans controlled by the penal system, why not legalize, control, and tax marijuana to change the failed war on drugs into a money making, money saving boost to the economy? Do we really need that many victimless criminals?"  Come on, small business category, bail the White House out. The top-rated question: "[What specifically can the federal govt do to lower the cost of providing quality health coverage for small business owners."

Actual asked to Obama number 1: soft, open question on education, giving Obama the chance to recapitulate his policy.

Question 2: "What benefits from the stimulus plan are there for those of us who are paying their mortgages and not living paycheck to paycheck?" 

A video question is number 3: "When can we expect the jobs that have been outsourced to other countries to come back to be made available to the unemployed workers here in the United States?"  [Not a bad question...]

 

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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