Potemkin Village in the Gulf

Does BP really care about cleaning up the Gulf?

No, but hum a few bars and they’ll fake it.

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

5 thoughts on “Potemkin Village in the Gulf”

  1. Good to see Obama could find the time to show up. I guess he was pretty busy between scheduling golf games and vacations and having lunch with Slick Willy Clinton to get their story straight on Sestak. Wow, can anyone say incompetence? But then again, government in general has a long track record of doing a horrible job at solving problems, and yet liberals, like crackheads, keep coming back for another hit.

  2. Everybody knows big business is good.

    Government is bad.

    You'd have to have teabags-for-brains to think otherwise.


    I don't want one cent of federal tax money spent on cleaning up this mess. Not one cent.

    After all this isn't a "natural" disaster. It is a "big business" disaster.

    So big government needs do as the republicans say: Get out of the way and let big business clean it up.

    It's time for the Grand Old Party of Big Business to own up, shut up, and clean up.

  3. koreyel, your "good vs. bad" dichotomy is too simple. It's more accurate to say that government is inefficient and the private sector is efficient. I agree with you, let's don't put one federal dollar towards cleaning up this mess. Let's make BP clean up this mess. Unfortunately government (especially Obama's government) doesn't know how to get out of the way. Even if they weren't spending your money to clean up the mess, they have such an elaborate beauracracy in place that it's impossible for anything to get acommplished. While the pencil-pushers in D.C. are reviewing paperwork, people on the ground want to get this thing done. Like James Carville said last week, they're dying down there. This is just a foretaste of what we can expect from Obama's government sponsored programs (health care, etc.)…incompetence and inefficiency.

  4. Hey, if somebody has their "boot on your throat", you do what it takes to make them happy. Maybe you should ask why all it takes to make Obama happy are Potemkin cleanups?

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