Category Archives: Economics

Lionizing The CBO Will Come Back To Haunt Progressives Et Alia

Throughout the recent healthcare fight, the estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has been taken as holy writ among Trumpcare/McConnellcare/Ryancare’s opponents, as the CBO estimates of the American Carnage (to use a phrase) resulting from these ‘healthcare’ bills were … Continue reading

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When Algorithms Censor

First they came for the socialists… (boldface mine): In the three months since Internet monopoly Google announced plans to keep users from accessing “fake news,” the global traffic rankings of a broad range of left-wing, progressive, anti-war and democratic rights … Continue reading

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When Analyst-Pundits Reinvent What Liberals Have Been Saying: The Labor-Productivity Edition

Despite the breathlessness in this Upshot piece, I fail to see how this isn’t anything Dean Baker, Larry Mishel, or any other number of full-bore lefty-liberal types haven’t been saying for years (boldface mine): It’s a chicken or egg problem: … Continue reading

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The Rent Is Too Damn High: ‘Reinventing’ And Gentrifying Food

Or as we point out often, you can’t have gentrification without a gentry. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Petula Dvorak observes this about D.C. (boldface mine): I visited a new Washington shop this week, a Temple of Cool so … Continue reading

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Sunday Sermon: What Good Are Balanced Budgets?

Joe Weisenthal asks the question (boldface mine): What good are balanced budgets? That’s a question that doesn’t get asked enough. People of various political ideologies often accept as a fact that, ceteris paribus, a balanced budget is better than a … Continue reading

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Coal Mining Is Coming Back Under Trump!

That is, if Trump’s term lasts 71 years, we’ll return to the 1985 peak, based on the number of jobs added since Trump took office. Meanwhile, his proposed NIH cuts would cost more direct and indirect jobs than there are … Continue reading

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Democrats, Deficits, And Dumbitude

They’re not getting it. Recently, Il Trumpe unveiled his tax ‘plan’, which is nothing more than a page of bullet points. Yet, it appears that even this plan* would massively slash taxes for the rich, while offering very little for … Continue reading

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