“A sweetheart deal”

The AP looks at Sarah Palin’s pipeline deal.

Yes, that’s one way to put it when a firm gets a $500 million subsidy for trying to build a pipeline on a route where it hasn’t secured – and probably can’t secure – right-of-way, with no commitment to actually build a pipeline, when the same firm four years ago was willing to go ahead with no subsidy. And when the bidding process is rigged to exclude other bidders.

“Our Sarah” may live to regret John McCain’s decision to put her on a ticket. The higher a monkey climbs

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