Heading into work the other day, I heard a Congresswoman on the radio using a common argument that always sticks in my craw—or it would if I knew what a ‘craw’ was. Here’s the gist: “The federal budget is just like a family budget, and we in government must tight our belts and live within… Read more
In my opening post to this new blog, I pointed out that a top objective was to correct false assertions regarding economic arguments. Well, allow me to outsource to my CBPP colleague Paul Van de Water. If we’re going to meet the fiscal challenges we face, we’ve got to accurately diagnose the problem. The much-circulated… Read more
Derek Thompson makes a fair point re my post on Social Security benefits being such an important part of retiree’s income. He notes that lots of things are important and in a climate of cuts, how is one to chose whether one program is more important than another? I’ll have more to say about this—it’s… Read more
My last post focused on ways in which the private insurance market doesn’t operate like much of a market at all. This one, based on a smart NYT editorial this AM, is about how markets actually could and should work to lower health costs, if we let them. During the debate over health care reform,… Read more
An interview with yours truly by Mike Grunwald.