A nessless “ness” monster

A reader points to the most fearsome “ness” monster ever spotted:

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s statement last week that Congress should begin cutting promised Social Security benefits also has elevated concern over the deficit.

“I think it’s getting through to people,” said Kent Conrad (N.D.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee. “There seems to be an uncomfortability about where all this is heading.”

[From yesterday’s Washington Post,]

Uncomfortability?

The same reader adds:

Conrad makes me discomfortable…

Right.

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