Bad reasons and good

There were lots of bad reasons to oppose the $87 billion appropriation for occupying Iraq: not thinking that winning the peace is important, not wanting to spend money on furriners when we have needs at home, thinking $87 billion is an important amount of money in a $10 trillion GDP, hating Team Bush so much that you want them to fail, even if it means that the United States fails.

On the other hand, there were good reasons, such as not wanting to put out $87 billion for the war profiteers to steal.

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: