Promises, promises!

Maybe we should call Sen. Ensign and the other … forgetful … Promise Keepers the “Promise Fakers.”

A reader disagrees with my proposed “Promise Breakers” label for straying Promise Keepers members such as Sen. Ensign. He suggests “Promise Fakers” instead.

Or, given their hyper-religiosity, we might just call them “the crossed-fingers crowd.” As R. Joshua might have said (Luke 11:39), they have their mouths full of piety and their hearts (and other bodily parts) full of adultery. Feh.

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: