Patriots

With troops in the field in Afghanistan and Iraq, Senate Republicans almost unanimously voted to filibuster the Defense Appropriations bill, merely as a procedural maneuver to block a vote on health care. The Republican vote would indeed have been unanimous had Russ Feingold, who opposes the wars, not agreed to vote for cloture in spite of that fact. Once it got to be clear that Reid had 60 votes to move the bill, three Republicans decided to cast meaningless votes for cloture. The other thirty-seven Republicans decided to be more honest about their utterly corrupt cynicism.

They should hear about this at election time.

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

2 thoughts on “Patriots”

  1. Voting for it is patriotic, voting against it is apparently patriotic, but filibustering it for a day is unpatriotic? That's pathetic.

  2. Mark has a completely "realist" view of politics, so far as I can tell. If it advances his causes, it's cool, even if he'd want the other side jailed for doing the same thing. If it opposes his causes, it's horrible, even if he'd have no problem at all with his side doing the exact same thing.

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