Looting

Time for a shoot-to-kill policy for the looters in Washington?

BushCo assigned control of federal procurement policy (i.e., contracting rules) to a crook who was previously on the payroll of, and continued to work for, Jack Abramoff. Naturally, he was otherwise completely unqualified to hold his job, having no particular knowledge of procurement policy. Before moving to the office of Federal Procurement Policy, the indicted man was chief of staff of the General Services Adminsitration. Before that he was a Republican Hill staffer and a business partner of Grover Norquist. His wife is chief counsel for oversight and investigations for the House Government Reform Committee.

The looting in New Orleans was sporadic. The looting in Baghdad was the product of war. The looting in Washington has been carefully thought out, and is ongoing. Perhaps the Democrats in Congress should institute a shoot-to-kill policy.

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