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A verse for Trump as he meets w/ Yellen on Thursday

October 18th, 2017

Trump’s meeting with Fed Chair Janet Yellen tomorrow. Here’s some free advice, in verse! When it comes to Cohn, Leave him alone. I worry that Powell Might throw in the towel. Sorry to be harsh But do not go with Marsh. We’ve all seen the trailer Don’t be ruled by Taylor. By now you’re probably… Read more


October 17th, 2017

Over at WaPo, thoughts on strengthening a weak link in our tax system: that between asset appreciation and tax revs. Also, re NAFTA, mend end but don’t end it. And less fear mongering over tariffs. I don’t want to see them either, but the extent to which the reporting has largely featured advocates of the… Read more

I got issues with the new CEA report

October 16th, 2017

First, full disclosure: Kevin Hassett, the chair of Trump’s CEA, is an old friend, a good dude, and a guy I’m happy to see in this prominent post. But even as I endorsed him for the job, I publically worried about one area of his research where his claims go way beyond the evidence and… Read more

Trump’s two-step: Health care and fiscal sabotage

October 13th, 2017

I wanted to bang out a quick note tying a few points together regarding health care and tax policy. When President Trump said yesterday that his new health care executive order directing agencies to allow people to buy health coverage that doesn’t have to meet ACA standards “will be costless to the government,” he was… Read more

Tax versus fax

October 13th, 2017

Of course, we must inject factual analysis into a tax debate that is dominated by fantasies about how tax cuts pay for themselves as their benefits trickle down from zillionaires to the middle class. But the salesforce behind these cuts have not been moved one iota by these facts, and I thus conclude it will… Read more