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
In the course of noodling over whether the Senate D’s should filibuster the Gorsuch nomination, I just can’t see why not. I don’t say that lightly. While I’ve been a critical observer of filibuster abuse for a while (so I can’t say I’d miss it), I worry about a less deliberative Senate. But given how… Read more
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
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
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.