Independence from Whom? Federal Reserve Design Breeds Bad Policy

By: Friday April 29, 2011 5:30 am

There seems to be a broad acknowledgement that the Federal Reserve has made the terrible decision to randomly change their goals by making their new top priority maintaining a one-percent inflation target, instead of the old understanding, two-percent inflation, or trying to achieve full employment, despite 8.8 percent official unemployment. I will let Paul Krugman [...]

Obama’s Defenders Agree: Health Care Law About as Conservative as “Reform” Could Be

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 7:47 am

It is nice to see both Paul Krugman and Matt Yglesias openly admitting that the Affordable Care Act is about as right-wing any insurance coverage expansion “reform” could be. From Yglesias’s The Sensible Conservative Alternative To The Affordable Care Act Is The Affordable Care Act: If you simply do what Ponnuru and Levin propose, every [...]

Health Insurance Exchanges: Really Bad Idea Then, Really Bad Idea Now

By: Monday April 25, 2011 9:34 am

It is always nice to see more people come around to my stated belief that health insurance exchanges intended to make people be “smart shoppers” for very complex products is a truly failed idea. Paul Krugman made a very straightforward case against the concept this weekend: That’s the title of a blog post by Nathalie [...]

Yes, Making Patients Consumers Is a Bad Idea – One Obama and Krugman Previously Cheered

By: Friday April 22, 2011 12:26 pm

I’m glad to see that Paul Krugman has attacked the absurd idea that health care patients should be treated as consumers, and Jonathan Cohn has chosen to echo Krugman’s argument.  What I can’t understand is where was powerful denouncing of the absurd idea that we need more “consumer-driven” health care during the debate over the [...]

To Obama, Two Parts Cuts Apparently “Balances” One Part Tax Increases

By: Wednesday April 13, 2011 5:49 pm

It seems many on the left, like Paul Krugman, are quite happy with President Obama’s deficit speech. I will even admit to it being much better than what I feared, but that is only because some truly terrible trial balloons managed to set expectations incredibly low to begin with. The important point of the speech [...]

Deficit Troubles? Try the Very Un-Radical Idea of Socialized Medicine

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 1:05 pm

On his blog, Paul Krugman has suggested one “really radical” proposal to fixing our health care cost problem is to modestly expand socialized medicine in this country. But if you want a really radical proposal — but one that, unlike privatization, actually has strong evidence on its side — why not add a true public [...]

White House Negotiations Fail to Disarm GOP or Free Hostage Dems

By: Monday December 6, 2010 5:59 pm

The United States government has a general policy against paying ransom for a hostage. This is not because paying ransoms is an ineffective policy. Most hostage takers would be happy to return the hostage for money, so as a short-term solution, it does work. The problem is, long term, paying ransom just encourages many more [...]

How the White House Used Jonathan Gruber’s Work to Orchestrate the Appearance of Broad Consensus

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:22 am

The White House is placing a giant collective bet on Gruber’s “assumptions” to justify key portions of the Senate bill, which they allowed people to believe was independent verification. Now that we know that Gruber’s work was not that of an independent analyst but rather work performed as a contractor to the White House and paid for by taxpayers, it should be made publicly available so others can judge its merits.

Krugman Shoots the Messenger: Blames Wheeler, FDL for Fueling “Fake Scandal” over Gruber

By: Monday January 11, 2010 12:37 pm

Krugman owes everyone an explanation as to why he thinks it’s okay to smear someone fairly investigating a legitimate controversy in defense of a friend who mislead people for months, who stood on the sidelines mutely while the White House promoted his work as objective verification of their own policies in a self-generated validation loop.

And he owes Marcy Wheeler an apology.

Rikyrah: Opt-Out States Are “Where the Majority of the Black Population in This Country Lives”

By: Thursday October 8, 2009 5:58 pm

I’ve already said that I think allowing states to “opt-out” of a public option is an immoral and unnecessary political compromise, an attempt to let Democrats off the very hook that so many have worked so hard to get them on.  But I cannot say it as well as Rikyrah does.