The prostitute is worthy of his hire

Armstrong Williams thinks he was wrong to take $240,000 to shill for No Child Left Behind, but he ain’t giving it back.

One of the few encouraging features of the Armstrong Williams affair was Williams’s rather quick acknowledgement that what he did was wrong. I was impressed.

Silly me! Turns out he didn’t mean it:

Mr. Williams, who began his career in public relations before emerging as a radio personality in the 1990’s … has told reporters that he regretted accepting the $240,000 payment, but he has refused to return his fee to the government, telling USA Today that to do so “would be ludicrous because they bought advertising, and they got it.”

I wonder if Karl Rove left a good tip on the bedside table?

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: