Bribes and lies in the Medicare bill

Tim Noah has the latest prevarication from Rep. Nick Smith about whether he was or was not offered a bribe by the House Republican leadership to vote for the Medicare bill. I certainly hope Mr. Smith gets a chance to tell his story or stories to a grand jury.

And, speaking of prevarications, it appears that the bill that President Bush promised wouldn’t encourage companies to drop their own prescription-drug coverage for retirees would in fact offer them big tax breaks even if they did precisely that.

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: