If you’re looking for action …

Let’s keep the campaign going! Sign up at TheAction.org.

I was planning a long post on the need to keep the Obama electoral organization in being to pressure Congress, continue voter registration, try to make the 2014 electorate look like 2012 rather than 2010, and punish the lawmakers and officials (e.g., the Ohio Secretary of State) who engaged in vote suppression this year.

Apparently it’s going to happen. In the wrap-up mass conference call with Obama volunteers, the campaign urged them to sign up at TheAction.org. Not sure how much of the above agenda it’s going to pursue, but the first focus will be the fiscal-cliff negotiations. I urge you to give of your time and your money to help make this happen. The capacity to mobilize masses of voters outside the election cycle would mark an epoch in American history, and might help repair the damage done by the growing power of dark money.

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

11 thoughts on “If you’re looking for action …”

    1. Yep…

      And it sure beats what the other side is doing. Last I heard there were 47 petitions on the White House to secede.
      I am glad the right-wing Bigot-osphere isn’t taking Nate Silver’s advice (and no I won’t paste it in for them to see) but the left-wing seems to be…

      Lastly, the President’s brother-in-law hints at “citizen participation” with this quote:

      As for the President’s game, Robinson was asked to assess it. “The strength of his game now is his outside shot. He used to really like to go to the basket, but there have been a couple of mishaps. As we get a little older, we get a little nervous about going in there amongst the elbows. He’s a left-hander who goes left…He’s better going left. And you talk about a student of the game, he really is a student of the game.“When you play, I think it’s in your blood and he knows a lot about what’s going on, so he’s more of a floor general now than he is a scorer.”

      A general needs troops…
      So a hat-tip to all who have signed to stay on.


    1. Very much in keeping with the title of the post.

      “If the size of your bundle
      You want to decrease..”

      Apparently Adelson and others very much wanted to decrease the size of their bundles, and there were – big surprise – plenty of people happy to help them.

  1. i always wondered why howard dean’s 50 state project was left to wither after the 2008 election. better luck this time.

    1. = = = i always wondered why howard dean’s 50 state project was left to wither after the 2008 election. = = =

      Because Rahm Emanuel absolutely hates any reminder that he was a disastrous failure. So naturally he shuts down any successful effort that highlights his incompetence.


  2. I’m probably missing something but I’m not convinced it’s a great idea–it feels like a “company union.” What are the policy positions or the mechanisms for defining them?

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