Another great sound bite

Since the professional politicians associated with the Democratic Party and the campaign consultants who run them seem to have lost the art of the pithy phrase, and since the one competent liberal journalist writing a major column is an economist in real life, Blogspace must step in to fill the pith gap: calling in the new medium to redress the balance of the old, one might say.

I’ve already mentioned “We’re looking at deficits forever.” Now the Democratic Veteran comes up with the perfect label for the fiscal fecklessness of our current rulers: “Credit-card conservatives.”

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: