A story making the rounds, reportedly from Playboy

Attorney General John Ashcroft visited an elementary school to give a civics presentation. After he finished, he asked the young boys and girls, “Are there any questions?”

Bobby raised his hand and said, “I have three questions. How did Bush win the election with fewer votes than Gore? Are you using the Patriot Act to limit civil liberties? And why haven’t you caught Osama bin Laden yet?”

Just then, the bell rang and the teacher announced it was recess. Half an hour later, the children returned. Ashcroft said, “Let’s start where we left off. Are there any more questions?”

A girl raised her hand and asked, “Is it really legal to hold suspected terrorists without letting them talk to attorneys? Why did the recess bell go off ten minutes early? And where the hell is Bobby?”

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