Liveblogging IX

Q from Brokaw: health care, energy, entitlement reform: Which is the top priority?

[Nice to have a multimillionaire questioner who assumes that reducing Social Security and Medicare is a national priority on the level of health care and energy.] McCain refuses question: we can do all three. Must cut entitlements, Reaching across the aisle.

Obama: priotitize. I’ve stated mine. Energy, linked to national security. Free of dependence on Middle Eastern oil in 10 years. No, I don’t know how. Health care. Education.

Why isn’t he hitting McCain on wanting to cut Medicare?

Obama: tax cuts are like spending. [Hurrah!]

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: