Yeah! What He Said!

Today we discovered that the trailers found in Iraq that the president claims were used to produce weapons of mass destruction were actually being used to produce hydrogen for weather balloons. The American people need to have confidence that our president will tell us the truth. It seems George Bush is finding it increasingly difficult to either tell the truth, or listen to the truth tellers. It is a shame we are still trying to find reasons to justify why we took our focus off of Al Qaeda and ‘Osama bin Forgotten.’ The American people expect and deserve to be given honest answers to their questions. If George Bush can’t trust the American people with the truth, how can the American people trust him with the White House?

–Senator Bob Graham *

[Factual backup here * ]

Could someone explain to me in words one syllable why Bob Graham doesn’t count as a top-tier candidate? He’s spent a political lifetime building a liberal record and getting elected and elected and re-elected in Florida — in part, apparently, because he turned out to be a first-rate administrator when he was Governor — and he makes the case against Bush on security grounds better than anyone else in the field.

Do you think the country is really going to mind that the guy is an obsessive diary-keeper? If that habit freaks you out personally, try thinking of it as a mindfulness practice.

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