October 26, 2017

[Video: Nancy Reagan at the 1988 World Series]

In an appearance at The Heritage Foundation today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded to a question on the opioid epidemic by bringing back the failed slogans from the Reagan administration.

During a Q&A session, Sessions said, “We’ve got to re-establish first the view that you should say no. People should say no to drug use. They have got to protect themselves first.”

If it was as simple as that, drug addiction would have died out long before Nancy Reagan's slogan in the 80's was ever uttered, and there would be no need to put together a special commission to combat the opioid crisis in our country.

Sessions continued, “Fentanyl people are really killers,” but did not clarify to whom he was specifically referring, and said he has heard from many police chiefs that drug addiction “starts with marijuana.”

Back in March of this year, Jeff Sessions brought the ghost of Nancy Reagan's failed slogan back to life again, "I think we have too much of a tolerance for drug use ─ psychologically, politically, morally," Sessions told law enforcement officials in Richmond, Virginia. "We need to say, as Nancy Reagan said, ‘Just say no.’"

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is waffling on how and whether to take on Big Pharma, and their addiction to shipping massive quantities of opioid pills, sometimes hundreds per citizen per year, to states struggling to handle their drug problem.

This is the forward backwards thinking that permeates the Trump administration at its core.

Rehashing the same nonsense over and over again does not work, whether it's "just say no" or "tax cuts pay for themselves," these policies are failing our country.

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