Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Election Night at On The Economy!

November 7th, 2012

I’ll be on set at CNBC throughout the evening but will try to post stuff of interest as it comes to me. One thing I’ve gotta say right out of the box, sitting in a hotel just flipping channels: last week I was justly concerned with the physical infrastructure in the Northeast.  This week, I’m… Read more

A Useful Tool To Have Around Tuesday Night

November 4th, 2012

I thought this was a useful decision tree tool to track all the different paths to victory on Tues night for each candidate. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/02/us/politics/paths-to-the-white-house.html?hp I’m sure I don’t need to urge OTE’ers to get out and vote, if you haven’t already.  Personally, all this early voting as a strategic tool versus a convenience one is… Read more

Republican Pressure Leads to Withdrawal of Fact-Based Report by Nonpartisan CRS

November 1st, 2012

OK, this is scary.  Existentially scary. As explained here by Jonathan Weisman for the NYT, due to pressure from Republicans, the Congressional Research Service is withdrawing a report that showed the lack of correlation between high end tax cuts and economic growth. The study, by economist Tom Hungerford, is of high quality, and is one… Read more

How Did Things Get So Screwed Up?

October 28th, 2012

I expected this presidential race to tighten up, so why should I find that fact so dispiriting? At least two reasons come to mind.  First, the stakes are high.  If Romney/Ryan win and really do: –pass another massive trickle down tax cut on top of making the Bush tax cuts permanent; –repeal Obamacare, voucherize Medicare,… Read more