“About time” Dep’t

Jack Lew is an inspired choice for WH Chief of Staff. If he’d been chosen three years ago, many things might have come out differently.

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

4 thoughts on ““About time” Dep’t”

  1. Don’t take it too much to heart. This is the year when Obama plays a liberal while he runs for re-election. Expect Lew to be out next January, replaced with Ben Nelson or somesuch.

  2. Glad to see this change.

    Obama’s appointments to his own staff have not been the best. Emanuel was too abrasive, and Daly was into Clintonesque triangulation.

  3. Glenn Greenwald is far less enthused about Lew than Dr. Kleiman is.

    Is it really so hard for the Obama Administration to hire or promote people who haven’t profited from the malevolent financial sector?

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