The price of public service

A Corps of Engineers contract officer who objected to Halliburnton’s shenanigans gets fired after 20 years of consistently excellent performance appraisals.

Halliburton’s $20 million going-away present to Dick Cheney turns out to have been a great investment. Not only does Halliburton get hugely profitable no-bid contracts to screw up Iraq, anyone in the Pentagon who objects gets demoted.

If we had a Congress instead of a doormat, this sort of thing would simply not be tolerated.

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: