Now I understand!

Yes, it’s true: George W. Bush does indeed combine the thoughts of Churchill and Roosevelt.

It’s fine to disagree with the people you disagree with politically, but it’s not OK in my book when you simply can’t figure out what they’re trying to say or why they expect anyone to believe it. So I’m always delighted when I come to understand the logical and evidentiary basis of assertions I don’t accept.

For example, the flatterers of our Beloved Leader have at various times compared him to Churchill and to FDR. My first reaction to that was “Say what?” But now I see the basis of the comparison: GWB in fact incorporates the thinking of both of those great men.

Churchill, after all, said that he had “nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.” Roosevelt said that the nation had “nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Mr. Bush, masterfully combining their thinking, has nothing to offer but fear itself.

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

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