Liveblogging VII

Q to Obama: How can we trust either of you, when both of your parties contributed to the mess? O: I understand your anger and your cynicism. When your family budget is in trouble, you cut. We haven’t done the same in Washington. But let’s look at history. George Bush inherited a surplus, created a deficit. McCain voted for four out of five of those budgets.

* Health care.

* Energy.

* College affordablity.

Net spending cut. (Doesn’t specify.)

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: