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A few thoughts re Leonhardt’s “College for the masses”

April 26th, 2015

There may be no more highly-placed booster for the importance of college education than editor/journalist David Leonhardt of the NYT (disclosure: an editor of my occasional pieces at Upshot and someone I’ve known and respected for many years). Every few months, he writes something on this topic and he’s right to do so, both from a… Read more

Gas prices, the dollar, and a warning about the future trade deficit

April 24th, 2015

I enjoyed Neil Irwin’s recent piece of the dynamics between the strong dollar and cheap gas in the US macroeconomy. The issues Neil raises pose both an interesting question and a worrisome caveat. Neil writes that “The giant question for the economy in 2015 was which of these forces [strong $ vs. cheap gas] would prove more… Read more

Check it out, OTE’ers: The Reconnection Agenda is upon us!

April 24th, 2015

Read the intro to my new book, The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity, over at the WaPo PostEverything. Or better yet, download the whole damn book at let me know what you think. You can buy a hard copy–you know, with paper pages, here. [Here’s the cover, which I think is great, by Anthony… Read more

FTT redux

April 23rd, 2015

Good comments/questions on this post from yesterday, so let me briefly revisit the idea of a financial transaction tax: a small, few basis points tax on the buying and selling of securities. –Mike points out that “spoofers” place and cancel buy and sell orders, they don’t execute sales, so an FTT wouldn’t stop them. Sloppy… Read more