Ready on Day One?

Obama talks about what he’d actually do as President. Turns out he understands that the quality of the people recruited for the bureaucracy matters.

Looks that way to me.

Footnote Maybe this is old news, but Obama proposes to eliminate income tax on the phantom “gain” homeowners get when they “short sell” their houses: i.e., sell them for less than is owned on them with the lender swallowing the difference. Right now, the difference is treated as taxable income.

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: