WHY DOES MITCH DANIELS WANT

WHY DOES MITCH DANIELS

WANT TO INCREASE THE CRIME RATE?

The warhawks and warbloggers assure us that the couple of hundred billion it’s going to cost us to invade and occupy Iraq is really spare change in a ten trillion dollar economy. If we need to do it, we can afford to do it.

Actually, that’s right. It is, and we can. I just wish the same folks could remember that principle when it comes to other forms of government spending.

Mitch Daniels wants to save money by cutting back on literacy programs for prisoners, which more than pay for themselves in reduced recidivism. What’s his next bright idea: saving on health care costs by eliminating flu shots? Details here.

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