Key line I wanted to hear from Obama tonight

Sen. McCain, when you propose a freeze on all spending but defense, veterans and entitlements, does that include spending on moving toward energy independence? If so, is that something we really need to give up in order to give more tax cuts to your rich friends? If not, what does a “freeze” mean except that you won’t spend any more money except on things that you want to spend more money on? If that’s what a freeze means, sign me up: I pledge not to spend any more money except on programs that I think deserve more 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