So far the topical open threads have gathered great material. As Bruce mentioned and hoped, the partisan nature that accompanied certain posts was muted when readers could offer a look at topics such as trade and entitlements without the intervening point of view of a particular post.
Angry Bear will always offer attitude and links, but I for one found the format informative and I think will continue the conversation.
To avoid any confusion I will label ‘open threads’ as such for any subject, and use the term ‘topical threads’ by providing a subject title as in the last two. We don’t have the option of offering forums except through google groups, but this move to informed conversation appeals to me and suffices for now.
Unless of course someone offers an alternative…