“Yes, thanks,” to a dead-end road

The LA Times tells, once again, the story of the Access Road to the Non-Bridge to Nowhere, still being built by Sarah Palin with your money and mine. Think what it says about John McCain that he is so willing to repeat, and keep repeating, a lie that has already been exposed.

Yes, Gov. Palin is still building the Access Road to the No-Bridge to Nowhere, and doing it with your money and mine.

Good question from the Mayor of Ketchikan:

If Sarah Palin is not being truthful on an issue like the Gravina bridge project, what else is she not being truthful about?

But here’s a better one: If John McCain is not being truthful about his chosen running-mate’s one claimed accomplishment, what else is he not being truthful about?

The shocking thing about the “Bridge to Nowhere” story is not that it was a fib: that stuff happens on campaigns. It’s that McCain and Palin continue (except when Palin is in Alaska) to repeat a false story long after it has been repeatedly debunked. It’s an insult to the press and to the voters, and it’s a very bad augury of how McCain would wield the fearsome powers the modern Presidency has to bamboozle the citizens.

The issue isn’t the bridge, or even Palin. The issue is McCain, who once subscribed to a code that forbade him to lie, cheat, or steal.

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