The drug war lives:
We're still spending twice as much on the war as we are on treatment for the actual people our drug policy is supposed to help. The urge to describe this as "balanced" is just the trademark dishonesty we've come to expect from the drug czar's office anytime they're required to sum up their agenda in one sentence.
This waste of resources never really shifts from president to president. It's like defense spending in the war on terror, structured so that it never ends, and can never be cut. It's true, however, that under Obama, the most insane aspect of this - the war on marijuana - has been greatly ameliorated through the sanity of federalism. But you know that under president Palin, the feds would swoop back in.