I couldn’t agree more with David Leonhardt’s anti-alarmist framework regarding the “debt and entitlements” question that’s likely to come up in tonight’s final (woo-hoo!!) presidential debate. David’s rap is much like my own in this recent testimony. It’s particularly germane in this political context because alarmism is often a tactic by those whose true motivation… Read more
That’s “GDP”, though GOP also works in this context. But my point, over at WaPo, is that candidates’ GDP targets are more often than not economically indefensible. And they create a media problem wherein reporters are tempted to ask, “So, he says he’ll get to 3.5%; what can she do to match that?!”
My old friend HZ sends me this pic, from the first 100 days of the Obama admin, when the job market and GDP were falling off a cliff and the new President, VP, econ and legislative teams were working around the clock to try to arrest the slide (as was the Fed, of course). We… Read more
This totally cracked me up…pretty brilliant video work, I thought. Next, this is just a beautiful story, beautifully told, of a business student at Georgetown U breaking through the barrier between himself and a janitor at the university. And it happened right here, in the shadow of our terribly divisive, mean-spirited politics. I read this… Read more
Some folks from the excellent audience at Wash U’s Brown School of Social Work conference last week asked for the slides from my presentation: here they are.