Cock-eyed optimist

Just a year ago, a McCain adviser was explaining that the economic melt-down was a figure of Barack Obama’s imagination.

Donald Luskin’s column from just over a year ago – explaining that the economic crunch was just an Obama campaign event, and that jobs, the GDP, and the housing market were all actually in a flourishing state – makes interesting reading, especially since Luskin identified himself as an adviser to the McCain campaign.

What’s sad is that Luskin will not lose a nickle, or an op-ed placement, for having been completely and utterly full of it.

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

2 thoughts on “Cock-eyed optimist”

  1. His response would be that the economy eventually did go bad because Obama talked it down so much, and everyone in the press will eat his s*** sandwich and ask for a glass of lemonade to go with it.

  2. Early in the Obama presidency, Sean Hannity and company were attributing the decline of the Dow to Obama's socialistic tendencies. Any idea what they are saying now? Is the rise of the Dow attributable to Bush in some way?

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