Slow learner

And I’m going to make you do it over, and over, and over again, until you get it right!

I continue to be puzzled by the fact that grown-ups — people who who aren’t religious bigots or jingoists and who understand that a tax cut not matched with spending restraint is just a tax shift from the present to the future and (in this case) from the millionaires to the rest of the population — are still thinking about voting for George W. Bush.

My thanks, then, to Allan Connery, commenting on Brad DeLong’s site, for making sense of the proposition that the appalling record of this Administration justifies the President’s re-election. He summarizes the position of, e.g., The Economist, as follows:

Mr. Bush has failed his first term and must repeat it.

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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  1. Ivory towers

    Hei Lun of Begging to Differ has an interesting rebuttal to claims from the left that most people should vote for the Democratic Party out of economic self-interest. His specific rebuttal is to Chris Bertram, but it applies equally to…

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