Category Archives: Politics

Second time as farce

August 2009: With the battle over health care reform heating up over the issue of a public insurance option, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the House must pass an overhaul that includes a public option. The San Francisco Democrat, speaking … Continue reading

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What to expect from the chained CPI

Commenter extraordinaire anne at Economist’s View posted a very helpful brief from Alan Barber and Nicole Woo of the CEPR on the disaster that a switch to the chained CPI poses for those dependent on Social Security, and less obviously, … Continue reading

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Two faces of American exceptionalism

We look east to China (Goldberg at the Atlantic): It was during this part of the conversation, when the subject of China, and its frightened reaction to the Arab Spring, came up, that [Clinton] took an almost-Reaganesque turn, calling into … Continue reading

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Cognitive filtering and Obama’s grand bargain

Econ and finance bloggers spend a fair amount of time talking about bias and cognitive errors on the part of investors, which is all well and good, but the political consequences of these patterns are far larger. In two recent … Continue reading

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Fiscal policy and the manufacturing of inevitability

One of the worst aspects of the charnel house that was the Iraq War was the sense in 2002 – 2003 that the country was sliding toward a terrible outcome without ever having made a choice. The war was presented … Continue reading

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Citizens United – the gift that keeps on giving

The Citizens United ruling not only freed corporate “people” from constraints on campaign financing. Apparently, it also opened the door to direct campaigning by employers. In These Times (via) describes one recent example from the Romney campaign: Romney was addressing … Continue reading

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Breaking political news

From America’s Finest News Source: SALT LAKE CITY—Seeking to limit the fallout from a videotaped speech in which he asserts 47 percent of Americans “pay no taxes” and do not take “personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Mitt Romney … Continue reading

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