A major Bush flip-flop

Remember when “compassionate conservative” meant “I’m not a lunatic culture warrior and I care about poor people”? It wasn’t really true, but it was nice to hear. Now the same phrase turns out to mean “I’m a completely lunatic culture warrior with no interest whatever in poor people.”

AP, of course, can’t tell the difference, and just prints the WH spin as straight news.

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. Bush: Compassionate conservative culture crusader

    Mark Kleiman points out how "compassionate conservativism" as espoused by the current version of George W. Bush is a lot more conservative, and a lot less compassionate, than it used

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