Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

UBI & I

April 13th, 2017

A few weeks ago, Jason Furman and I participated in one of those Intelligence Squared debates on the premise that the Universal Basic Income is the safety net of the future. We were opposed and that has surprised some of my friends and colleagues who figured I would be for a UBI. We’re hoping to… Read more

My favorite remaining institutions: the justice system and the Fed

March 16th, 2017

There are at least two American institutions that remain venerable, albeit vulnerable: the justice system and the Federal Reserve. On my way in this morning, I learned some details about the Hawaiian judge’s rejection of President Trump’s travel ban v2.0. While team Trump believed they’d removed the problematic language from their first run at this… Read more

Hey, no fair! Governing is hard!

March 14th, 2017

First, over at WaPo, check out my latest summary of the CBO score of the Republican’s just downright nasty, greedy “health care plan.” Next, I agreed with David Leonhardt’s useful bit of history here, wherein he deconstructs the corner into which Republicans have painted themselves: How did the party’s leaders put themselves in this position?… Read more