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A Rare Economics Post from Me

Yes, I’m still distracted (and under deadlines), but this is too good to pass up. Greg Mankiw sends us to “Wisdom from Michael Kinsley.” Which turns out to be this: There is no need to encourage risk-taking entrepreneurship with special tax breaks. Risk takers will take risks, and if the risks work out they shouldn’t […]

Krugman was Wrong today

Ken Houghton Or at least optimistic. McCain is going after Medicare and Medicaid. But Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Sen. McCain’s senior policy adviser, said Sunday that the campaign has always planned to fund the tax credits, in part, with savings from Medicare and Medicaid. Those government health-care programs serve seniors, poor families and the disabled. Medicare spending […]

The Bigotry of Low Expectations

NYT lede, 10:57 p.m., 2 October: Gov. Sarah Palin displayed more confidence and fluency than she did in recent interviews as Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. attacked her running mate. Nothing soft about that bigotry. (Dissenting view: Brad DeLong) Who knew that Gwen Ifill could be an easier interviewer than Katie Couric or Charlie Gibson. […]

If asked, I will serve

I have a cold, or perhaps a touch of the flu, so posting will be light for the next few days. Especially if this is true, which somewhat means the election is over and I can go back to looking at data and hoping the House fails to pass the Christmas Card list bill. But […]

Panic, not even at the Disco

UPDATE: Not even the Wall Street Journal editorial page fell for McCain’s “reasoning”: So count us as mystified by Senator John McCain’s decision yesterday to suspend his campaign and call for a postponement in Friday’s first Presidential debate so that he and Barack Obama can work out a consensus bill to stabilize the financial system. […]

Now is the time to start worrying

Remember that plan of Patrick Ruffini’s, that McCain should run against whatever plan is developed: For McCain and other Republicans, voting “no” on Paulson without accepting the consequences of that vote is the political equivalent of a bottomless crack pipe: it will please the conservative “base,” distance them from both Bush and “Washington,” and let […]

Chris Dodd knows how to play Chicken

by Ken Houghton I had the same reaction to his “we have to do something” comments on Sunday as Dr. Black. But we both, clearly, forgot the game that was being played. Monday is a day of work, and Dodd has clearly prepared well: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.Sec. 2. Authority to purchase […]

The New Feminism: Nothing for Rape Prevention

Via The Good Roger Ailes, ABC News reports that rape kits aren’t the only thing Sarah Palin tried to leave the responsibility of the victim: Fighting back against allegations she may have fired her then-Public Safety Commissioner, Walt Monegan, for refusing to go along with a personal vendetta, Palin on Monday argued in a legal […]