Compassionate conservatism

I guess that’s what you call it when you recruit black folks from homeless shelters in Philadelphia for $100 each and send them to black precincts in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to hand out phony “Democratic” fliers for Republican candidates and claiming falsely that they have the endorsement of local black leaders. Some of the workers claim they weren’t even told they were going to be working for Republican candidates.

I guess that’s what you call it when you recruit black folks from homeless shelters in Philadelphia for $100 each and send them to black precincts in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to hand out phony “Democratic” fliers for Republican candidates and claiming falsely that they have the endorsement of local black leaders. Some of the workers claim they weren’t even told they were going to be working for Republican candidates.

And no, it’s not a rogue operation; the Governor’s wife greeted the buses as they came in.

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

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  1. In any case, it was a nice gesture for Maryland Republicans to pump money into the Philadelphia economy since–as far as they're aware–there aren't any people living in poverty here in Maryland.

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