Liveblogging 4

Palin lies with a smile. Doesn’t seem as clueless tonight as she did with Couric.

A $5000 year tax credit “doesn’t cost the government anything”? Biden hammers her. Gets in a good zinger, though I’m not sure that’s wise: McCain’s health care plan is “the ultimate bridge to nowwhere.”

Ifill to Biden: what are you going to give up? Biden offers foreign aid and tax cuts for the wealthy. Categorizing tax cuts as expenditures is a trick that would be great if Obama and Biden can pull it off. Accurate, of course, but no Democrat has been able to turn that around in my lifetime.

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