Daschle: too heavy a weight to carry

He has to go. Too bad, but there it is.

It’s too bad, but I agree with Hilzoy: Tom Daschle has to go. Obama doesn’t have to be mean to him. “Tom Daschle is a good man, but he’s not the first good man to fall into bad company and learn bad ways. I’ll always value his friendship and welcome his advice, but it’s a new day in Washington and there’s no room in my Administration for the old ways.”

Look, the guy was making a ton of money and could easily afford to pay his taxes. And of all the possible excuses, “I thought having a personal car and driver was so ordinary that it never occurred to me that it might be a taxable perk” has to be about the worst.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com