What are they hiding? (Part CLXXVI)

If the Congress won’t do its job, the voters will have to do theirs.

The Bush Administration is stonewalling Congressional oversight of the Katrina mess, which is hardly surprising.

Blaming Bush for covering up mistakes is like blaming a skunk for stinking. It’s the nature of the beast.

It’s the current Congressional majority that deserves the blame. Arrogance from the White House is hardly unprecdented. What is unprecedented is the Congress’s supine acceptance of this violation of its institutional prerogatives.

Conveniently, the voters get to punish the dominant party in the Congress two years before they get to change the occupant of the White House. If the Congress as currently constituted won’t do its job, citizens will have to do theirs.

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