Where it hurts

Bringing the corruption issue home.

Yes, the Democrats need to tie Republican corruption to the larger issue of Republican subservience to special interests. And we also need to point out that corruption does real damage to things real people really care about. For example, the millions of dollars Duke Cunningham stole, and the tens of millions of dollars he helped his bribors steal, came out of the defense budget. That money could have been used for, let’s say, body armor.

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