West Virginia has made some strides in the direction of reason in its criminal justice system, but there is still huge room for improvement. The Charleston Gazette recently reported that marijuana arrests accounted for over half of the drug busts in the state.
For the record, El Cabrero is no stoner. I figure if alcohol was good enough for my old man and my hillbillly and Scotch Irish ancestors, it's good enough for me. But still...there's got to be a better way.
THE CRISIS THAT WASN'T. For years, deficit scolds like Paul Ryan have been warning that Medicare costs, like those of Social Security and Medicaid, are growing at an unsustainable rate. That turns out to be BS too, thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act.
ANOTHER CIVILIZED STATE? Could it be that even a state like Tennessee is considering expanding Medicaid?
ANOTHER GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR is in the quality of food.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED