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.
There’s a lot of justified buzz about what a bad job Matt Lauer did in his interview of the candidates last night. Jon Chait labeled Lauer’s decisions about what to focus on and his failure of critical follow-ups as “pathetic” and I agree. Awfully hard to make this democracy thing work when the information intermediaries… Read more