Monday, the now 49 year old President of the United States (happy birthday) Barack Obama signed into law a bill that would lower discrepancy in crack sentences. It’s quite the move for an administration many believe would put some soul in the White House and would be the administration to finally fight for minorities who have been put down for years under Reaganomics.

The former law stated that there was a 100-to-1 ratio for crack sentences to cocaine sentences. Meaning, you could get more time for having two rocks as opposed to having a whole bag of coke lying around. It’s the kind of law that keeps low level dealers locked up longer than your average Poor Little Hollywood Starlet (hey Lindsay).

Advocates pushed to totally eliminate the disparity but ultimately a compromise was struck between Democrats and Republicans to reduce the 100-to-1 disparity to 18-to-1. The compromise also eliminated the five year mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of five grams of cocaine (about two sugar packets worth). The repeal of that mandatory minimum is the first repeal of a mandatory minimum drug sentence since the 1970s. Overall, the compromise bill is expected to reduce the federal prison population by thousands of offenders and save an estimated $42 million in criminal justice spending over the first five years. [USA Today]

Now, folks can easily perceive crack as a minority drug seeing that the media has always based the idea of a crackhead as someone who might be African-American or Hispanic. Coke heads are a little more refined but just as desperate. Which makes me laugh that in September’s issue of Vanity Fair magazine, the 21st century Madonna admits to coke usage (like Kanye admitted to on “Power”, Lil Boosie frequently admits to, Officer Ricky wishes he could actually admit to & plenty of others).

To her, coke use happens occasionally, maybe once or twice a year. To hear the pop star tell it:

“I do not want my fans to ever emulate that or be that way. I don’t want my fans to think they have to be that way to be great. It’s in the past. It was a low point, and it led to disaster,” Gaga added. “I was completely mental and had just been through so much… I hit rock bottom, and it was enough to send a person over the edge. My mother knew the truth about that day, and she screamed so loud on the other end of the phone, I’ll never forget it. And she said, ‘I’m coming to get you.’ “

Also in the interview she believes her creativity comes from her vagina. Take it for what you want.

“I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they’re going to take my creativity from me through my vagina… I’m perpetually lonely. I’m lonely when I’m in relationships. It’s my condition as an artist. My song [‘Bad Romance’] is about whether I go after those [sort of relationships] or if they find me. I’m quite celibate now; I don’t really get time to meet anyone.”

I’m aware that everyone in America has a recreational vice. For some it may be surfing the internet in hopes to find themselves on Media Takeout and others find their fun snorting or smoking something. The funny thing is that nobody in the land of fame and hypocrisy would dare attempt to arrest Gaga over her coke usage if she ever was caught but would easily damn the President like he was Marion Barry. Kudos to the President and the government for taking three decades to realize how racially wrong this law was in the first place.

As for Gaga, while I’ll have a little bit of respect for the pop star, we’re still talking about someone who’s taking the same approach that Madonna used in the 80s & 90s to shock us all. I’m just waiting for the “Ray of Light” period.