Sunday morning: Maxine Waters

Sunday morning. Having learned my lesson from yesterday, I arrive promptly at 9:45, just in time to hear Maxine Waters. Her speech is all about Iraq; she proudly announces that she is the head of the “Out of Iraq Caucus.” Her claim to expertise in military affairs is only somewhat compromised by her apparent inability to tell a battleship from an aircraft carrier.

The crowd loves it, and picks up her chant (repeated later by another speaker):

Not one nickel.

Not one dime.

Not one soldier.

Not this 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