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Internet question for McCain: What sacrifices will you demand?

McC: Eliminate programs. Defense waste. Earmarks. Spending freeze, except for defense, veterans, and “vital programs.” I’m not going to tell that person without health care “You have to wait.” We can get everything done at once.

Obama: You remember the feeling of unity after 9/11. “Go out and shop” wasn’t a call to sacrifice. Americans want the kind of leadership that asks things of people: for example, being careful about using energy. Yes, we need to produce more energy, but we also need to save.

So far, this is no worse than a wash for Obama. Once again, he looks like a President.

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