Typical

Bush blunders, Kerry attacks, Bush says Kerry’s a bad person and we’re already throwing money at it.

The flu vaccine flap is the Presidential race in a nutshell:

1. George W. Bush, as President, fails to address a known risk, leading to a public-policy disaster.

2. John F. Kerry points that out.

3. The Bush campaign replies by attacking Kerry’s voting record and pointing out that spending on the general policy area involved has increased on its watch.

[Note to Mr. Bush: resources are complements to policies, not substitutes for them.]

So the choice for the voters is clear: are you interested in results, or will you settle for excuses?

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

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