These are DEA forfeitures alone, no DOJ or State and County forfeitures included (link)
The Democrats won in 2008 because George Waffen Bush wrecked the economy with faith-based asset forfeiture programs. Such confiscatory looting has been going on since the Comstock era, when the postal monopoly in 1873 was converted into a confiscatory agency of puritan altruist uplift.(link) Prohibition Party spoiler votes reinforced by socialist spoiler votes (they were pals before the Bolshvik revolution) brought on prohibitionist legislation and amended the Constitution. (link) This brought the Crash and Great Depression in 1929, and more in 1971, 1987 and 2008.
Democrats quickly worsened matters, using takings to fund bailouts of their large donors. Republicans expanded this asset-forfeiture robbery from behind the badges of First Responder™ qualified immunity. Suddenly, according to current news accounts, Americans have taken to hunting and killing police as randomly as they themselves–their children and their pets–are hunted and killed by police on orders from looter politicians.
Kangaroo court trials justified huge civil penalties and the prohibitionist Pure Food and Drug Act, once it became enforceable in 1907, promptly crashed the banking system.(link) National prohibition again crashed the economy–in 1920-23, and again in 1929-33.(link) Nixon’s Operation Intercept caused a recession in 1971, and the Graham-Biden-Reagan-Leahy-Kerry drug prohibition, forfeiture, imprisonment and deportation laws generated the Crashes of 1987 and 2008. (link) Above are Trump Administration DOJ takings under the pretext of asset forfeiture. (link) They do not seem to be as bad as when the Dems were in power, but that is small consolation to politicians deservedly tossed out on their asses.
The Dems never discuss the takings they looted us for after Bush wrecked the economy with way lower forfeiture numbers. Nor do Republicans talk about these figures or the Flash Crashes that coincided with bank raids or suddenly-announced changes in these predatory policies. The Dems understood this (as they understood it in 1932) and erased all men-with-guns planks from the drug policy portions of their platform after being clubbed out of the ring by 2016 Libertarian spoiler votes. Republicans stood pat on a platform dedicated in its preamble to dog-shooting First Responders™ and their SWAT teams.
Dems sure as hell did better than in 2016 against the stand-pat Republican platform dedicated to bullies with guns. Observe: Dems copied some LP policies, Dems won election. Comstock Republicans scare the daylights out of women voters by putting (according to Communist News Network) a faith-addled fanatic on the Court to overturn the Libertarian Roe v. Wade decision, Republicans lose election.
The candidate that liked libertarianism in 2016 won. The party that deleted its anti-libertarian War On Plant Leaves verbiage in 2020 won, and the party that retained its platform demands for coathanger abortions and the robbing and shooting of youth over choice of vegetation may very well have lost. Got that? Libertarian spoiler votes–when the LP platform is not deliberately sabotaged–are a reliable indication of what planks the looters ought to delete on pain of themselves being deleted from office.
Only by voting Libertarian can you express awareness of and opposition to cruel and irrational enactments. You could have invested a law-changing leveraged vote on the permanent record opposing these robberies, the prisons they build, the stresses they impose on the banking system and the economic crises they precipitated in 1907, 1920, 1929, 1971, 1987, 2008 and the Flash Crashes of 2010 and 2015. Why follow the Germans’ belief that fascism and communism are the only possible alternatives? Look at where those policies put Germany in 1947, as Atlas Shrugged was being written.
If you missed your 12th chance to vote Libertarian you sanctioned coercion. Libertarian votes, though thinned down by communist anarchist infiltration of the platform committee and general sabotage nationally, still covered the gap in many county and state elections and elected a mess of candidates. (link)
Burdened by a communist anarchist running mate, Jo Jorgensen got the smallest number of votes of any libertarian near the capital of Texas, and barely edged out None Of The Above in Nevada. The 2016 platform needs to be restored in 2022 to normal constitutional border inspection to detect terrorists and bioweapons.
Communist anarchists on the platform committee can be sent back to their East-German style intellectual leaders, and the Libertarian party, sadder but wiser, can resume increasing its spoiler votes by 80% per year as occurred just before the 2018 changes.
Brazilian Sci-fi from 1926 featuring the usual beautiful daughter of a scientist touting prohibition and racial collectivism in America’s Black President 2228 by Monteiro Lobato, translated by J Henry Phillips (link)
Find out the juicy details behind the mother of all economic collapses. Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929 is available in two languages on Amazon Kindle, each at the cost of a pint of craft beer.