The Bush Administration says
    using the public’s money
    to lie to the public
    is perfectly OK

More shamelessness.

The GAO says it’s illegal for the government to spend money on covert domestic propaganda: for example, sending out fake TV “news stories” with fake journalists to push the Administration’s policies. The Justice Department and OMB say otherwise, and have told the agencies they can go right ahead and do what the GAO says is against the law.

Like the DeLay nonsense, this is all a gift to the Democrats, who, if they’re smart, will fight the next two elections on corruption and lawbreaking in Washington. If I were running Wesley Clark’s or Mark Warner’s Presidential campaign, I’d try to make this issue my own.

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