Of Course the Norquist/GOP Story Was Bunk, Cont’d

By: Monday November 26, 2012 1:12 pm

I don’t feel like it needs to be reiterated from earlier today, but this flood of commentary about whether Republicans announced a trial separation from Grover Norquist was so overblown. And Saxby Chambliss, seen as the poster child for this separation (even though he’s been discussing a Gang of Eight deal that would increase tax [...]

Endorsing Social Security Cuts Gives Politicians the “Elite Bonus”

By: Friday October 26, 2012 8:30 am

Dean Baker’s commentary on the deficit scolds and Social Security makes for provocative reading. An excerpt: It is remarkable that social security hasn’t been a more prominent issue in the presidential race. After all, Governor Romney has proposed a plan that would imply cuts of more than 40% for middle-class workers just entering the labor [...]

Not One Debate Question Last Night Touched on the Deficit

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 11:34 am

I should have touched on this quite a bit earlier in my discussion about the second debate today, because it’s really important. What this debate showed, beyond any shadow of a doubt, is that actual Americans, those who live outside the Beltway and don’t frequent think tank panel discussions or green rooms for cable news, [...]

Signposts of Democracy: How Americans Get Taught About the Political System They Have

By: Monday October 1, 2012 10:36 am

I’ve tried really hard to avoid this brouhaha over Conor Friedersdorf’s article on why he refuses to vote for Barack Obama. It’s probably generated far more discussion than it merited, since it amounted to an unsurprising statement of support for a libertarian candidate from a right-leaning civil libertarian. That liberals pounced on it as an example of Naderite perfidy, though the circumstances are quite different, is something that I found revealing of liberals, and this post can stand in for my thoughts there.

Ruling Class Shows No Effects of Physiological Stress

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 8:57 am

This is my This is my favorite scientific study of the year so far, even if it falls under the category of “scientific studies we didn’t need.” It turns out that the myth of high-stress positions of power is unfounded. Our lords of industry, our masters of the universe get along just fine. And if [...]

Niall Ferguson Has a Sad About Liberal Bloggers

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 12:40 pm

The Niall Ferguson Newsweek saga has moved swiftly from tragedy to farce. After getting called out for numerous factual errors in his cover story on his opposition to Barack Obama’s re-election, Ferguson has now struck back with a broadside against the messenger, specifically “liberal bloggers,” who had the temerity to point out his mistakes. My [...]

Rich Place Propaganda in NYT Reacting to France’s Proposal for High Marginal Tax Rate

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 1:04 pm

One thing I think we can all take away from Mitt Romney’s travails with his tax returns is that rich people hate to pay taxes, and that they will try as hard as they can to prevent such payment. This is proven also by the wailing you might hear coming from “les Riches” in France, [...]

Freeh Report: Penn State Covered Up Sandusky Abuse for a Decade

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 7:50 am

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh submitted his report in the Jerry Sandusky case, and it’s exactly as bad as the family of the late Joe Paterno expected when they put out a letter yesterday pre-emptively attacking the report as a “smear.” The report, based on seven months of research and 430 interviews, shows that Penn [...]

How Political Elites Narrow Economic Choices

By: Monday June 18, 2012 11:05 am

Tyler Cowen, a conservative economist who’s very good when it comes to finding a good restaurant, is further off base in this editorial, where he attributes the lack of expansionary fiscal policy to “broken trust.” Since Mr. Obama took office, 780,000 private sector jobs have been created, while the number of public sector jobs has [...]

“I have fully lost faith in the leadership of my parents’ generation”

By: Monday November 14, 2011 6:17 am

In a way, this primal scream from Thomas L. Day, a former member of Jerry Sandusky’s Second Mile foundation, is a familiar one from a generational standpoint. But it connects so much to the dominant theme of this era – the loss of faith in institutions – that it takes on a crucial significance. I’m [...]

More Institutional Failure: The War Dead at Dover

By: Thursday November 10, 2011 7:03 am

The story of desecration of the bodies of the returning war dead at Dover Air Force Base just fits in with this era of institutional failure. Once again, we see norms violated in an organization – Dover is something of an institution – that carried a lot of trust among the public. The latest outrage [...]

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