Monday, November 08, 2010

the empirical-research-challenged person's guide to sound policymaking

In Connecticut, Governor Jodi Rell vetoed a bill that would have banned capital punishment in the state.  Her explanation couldn't have been any less intellectually or morally satisfying:

"There is no doubt that the death penalty is a deterrent to those who contemplate such monstrous acts.  The statistics supporting this fact, however, are not easily tabulated."

The last I heard, if there's "no doubt" about something, it's possible to empirically verify it.  At least, you know, when we're talking about public policy rather than the existence of God or the Easter Bunny. 

Back here in the real world, the death penalty does not deter crime.  It just doesn't.


Anonymous said...

how pathetic of you that you thought it was okay to use the word retarded. it has no place in your title.

matt said...

I have changed the title as per your suggestion. Thanks for your constructive feedback.