“Just asking” dep’t

In what universe is a $150-billion-per-year war affordable and a $2-billion-per-year extension of the GI Bill not affordable?

How can anyone who wants to keep spending $150 billion a year fighting in Iraq think that $2 billion per year to extend the GI Bill is “prohibitive”?

You can call it “fiscal conservatism” if you like, but I call it “penny wise and pound foolish.”

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