Obama Says No to Creating Jobs through Legalizing Drugs, Gambling or Prostitution

December 04, 2009 1:48 PM

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:

As President Obama prepares to formally announce ideas on Tuesday for a new jobs bill, one thing that won’t be on the list to spur job growth: legalizing prostitution, gambling, drugs and non-violent crime.

Prompted by a rather bizarre question from a Sophomore at Lehigh Carbon Community College who wanted to know – based on his criminology course studies – if the President has considered legalizing prostitution, some drugs, and releasing non-violent offenders to stimulate the economy, the President answered with an unequivocal no.

“I appreciate the boldness of your question,” Mr. Obama said during his Allentown, PA jobs town hall, “That will not be my job strategy.”

The president praised the student for “doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing,” in college by “thinking in new ways about things.”

“Part of what you’re supposed to do in college is question conventional wisdom.” Obama said.

This isn’t the first time the President has fielded questions like this. During a “virtual town hall” in March, Mr. Obama had to face the highest ranking question voted on by an online audience, whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation.

The President’s answer, no. “I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy.”

Mr. Obama is anticipated to announce his real choices to stimulate the economy on Tuesday during a major address in Washington, D.C.

-Sunlen Miller

See original at ABC

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