Why does God hate Republicans?

First volcano monitoring, now pandemic flu preparation: it seems as if every time Republicans oppose some bit of “wasteful big-government spending” the Man Upstairs makes them look stupid. Well, why not? He made them stupid in the first place.

Or, alternatively, “Do Republicans cause natural disasters?”

It seems as if every time Republicans oppose some bit of “wasteful big-government spending” the Man Upstairs makes them look stupid. Well, why not? He made them stupid in the first place.

Bobby Jindal sneers at spending money on monitoring volcanoes, and a month later Mt. Redoubt blows.

Susan Collins, cheered on by Karl Rove (and, to be fair, abetted by Chuck Schumer) insists on taking money for pandemic-flu preparedness out of the stimulus package, and two months later we have swine flu on our hands.

Everyone knows that the best way to ensure rain is to leave your umbrella home.

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