St. John on the Delay Two-Step

Every one that doeth evil hateth the light.

The cowardice of the Republican Congressmen who are hiding behind the secrecy of the House GOP Conference to keep their constituents from knowing how they voted on the DeLay Two-Step is hardly unprecedented. Indeed, it was described in detail more than nineteen centuries ago:

… men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

That’s from the Gospel According to John, Third Chapter, Verses 19 through 21.

(Footnote: The Gospel According to John is part of the Bible, in case Mr. DeLay and his friends haven’t read it recently.)

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:

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