Liveblogging XIII

Stupid question from Brokaw: Manhattan Project or 100,000 garages? McCain doesn’t answer. Attacks Obama for voting for energy bill. Oil drilling offshore will “bridge the gap.” (Between what and what?)

Question from the hall to Obama: Should health care be treated as a commodity? Obama gives his usual rap. McCain crosses behind Obama as he’s speaking, upstages him. (“How disrespectful!”) McCain points out that McCain would tax health benefits, eliminate state consumer protections, quotes Chamber of Commerce as saying that McC would wreck the employer-based system.

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