Katie Kieffer

Pop star Lady Gaga and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano both attract ‘little monsters.’ But whereas Lady Gaga attracts innocuous albeit freakishly dressed teenagers, Lady Napolitano literally attracts ‘little monsters’—violent cárteles del narcotráfico.

The Obama administration, with Lady Napolitano at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security, is unconstitutionally driving the American drug market underground, where the drugs are more potently addictive and the dealers are brutal Mexican cartel leaders. Here is what happens when the federal government tries to regulate narcotics:

A black market emerges

When the federal government prohibits a substance, whether it is alcohol or marijuana, that substance does not disappear. Rather, it is sold on a black market without regulation. Just as Americans bought poisonous homemade brews during the Prohibition era, Americans are now buying extremely potent and highly addictive methamphetamine (up to 90 percent pure) on the street from Mexican “superlabs.” Meanwhile, Americans suffering from cancer or multiple sclerosis are struggling to obtain medicinal marijuana to relieve their excruciating pain.

A black market empowers and enriches drug cartel monopolists. Unlike a free market entrepreneur who maintains his market position through high standards and innovation, a cartel leader uses fraud and violence to maintain his monopoly.

For example, Joaquín “Shorty” Guzmánkeeps making Forbes "most powerful people" and "richest people" lists. Guzmán is not an innovative, job-creating, taxpaying businessman (think Steve Jobs) or a regulated medical professional (think Dr. Mehmet Oz).

Guzmán is a barbaric Mexican drug cartel leader. He escaped from a maximum-security prison in Jalisco, Mexico in 2001 and currently remains at large. In 2009, his net worth was estimated to be $1 billion. Thousands of deaths are attributed to Guzmán’s enforcers.


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.