Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

It’s harder than Trump thinks to pull a thread or two out of the ACA.

November 12th, 2016

All the papers this AM tell me of softening in some of president-elect Trump’s positions, including health care, immigration, trade, and more. Some of his aides are straight-up saying that a lot of that stuff was just campaign talk. He wouldn’t be the first to make such pivots. Moreover, his campaign wasn’t exactly policy driven… Read more

Fellow progressives: the macro-economy doesn’t care which party signs the stimulus check.

November 11th, 2016

I’m crunching on other stuff so this will be brief, but I’ve been reading a fair bit of commentary about how Trump’s fiscal plans–infrastructure investment and tax cuts–won’t help the economy; “they’ll be recessionary, they’ll deliver higher inflation and interest rates, they’ll force the Fed to move from brake-tapping to brake-slamming.” I yield to no one… Read more

Trump and the mandate question

November 10th, 2016

I recognize that I’m playing to my crowd here and that I’m talking about a term– a political mandate–that does not have a formal definition. But I strongly objected when, in a TV debate last night, some guy argued that Trump has a mandate. My response was that if you lost the popular vote, you… Read more