The good life

John McCain has so many houses he can’t remember which ones he hasn’t paid any real estate tax on for four years.
But Barack Obama is an “elistist.”
Go figure.

It must be nice to own so many houses you can’t remember which ones you’re four years in arrears on your real estate taxes.

It must be even nicer to own that many houses (and be married to a hundred million bucks) and be able, without laughing out loud or getting the horselaugh from your friends in the media, to call your political opponent an “elitist.”

Update Of course, John McCain is so in touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans that he doesn’t know the price of a gallon of gasoline. Just a regular fellow. (And not very attentive, unless the Secret Service shades his eyes every time his car passes a gas station.)

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