Over at WaPo. The R’s attack on regulation writ large is clearly underway and is a profound threat. We can and should fight this on a case-by-case basis–Dodd-Frank, fiduciary rule, climate–but it’s equally important to puzzle out the thematics of why this is such an effective play for them.
This is an incisive editorial from today’s NYT, on President’s Trump’s Twitter attack on the “so-called judge” who blocked his immigration ban. The piece argues that the role of courts, as upholders of rationality, has, in the age of Trump, become more important than ever, particularly as other key institutions, including Congress and significant swaths… Read more
Over at Wapo. Like Sheriff John Brown, they want to “kill it before it grows.”
I yield to no one in my disdain for alternative facts. I’ve been doing what I can from my own little fiefdom to chart a path back to Factville, most recently devoting the debut episode of our new podcast (On the Economy Podcast, co-chaired with Ben Spielberg) to that theme. So consider that bit of… Read more
Especially in the age of “alternative facts,” it’s really important for policy makers and especially journalists to use clear, transparent language. One area where that’s particularly germane right now is in regard to cutting Social Security and Medicare. Though many policy makers want to cut these social insurance programs, they rarely say “cut.” Instead, because… Read more