Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Fun with Numbers

October 22nd, 2012

Zach Goldfarb has a thoughtful column on how economic numbers are used and abused.  Just a few points I’d add.  One could easily come away from such a column concluding that you just can’t trust the numbers that partisans use to make their cases.  And while one would often be right, one would just as… Read more

A Surprising Endorsement

October 21st, 2012

At least it surprised me, though I’m not familiar enough with the Salt Lake Trib to know if its editorial board’s endorsement of the President is out of character.  I’m guessing this won’t change Utah from red to blue, but I found it to be a very thoughtful piece of writing, brimming with measured common sense…. Read more

Are Blogs Evidence? What Is?

October 18th, 2012

Of the six studies that Gov Romney cites to defend his mathematically-challenged tax plan, a few were blogs and were thus often dismissed by critics as being de facto inadequate evidence simply by dint of being blog posts.   As an active, evidence-based blogger, I can only say…quelle horreur! Actually, I think it’s entirely fair to… Read more

Presidential Debate, Round #2

October 17th, 2012

That big eagle’s climbing on his surfboard, so it must be time for Presidential debate #2.  I’ll be playing some post-debate chin music on CNBC.  See you there. In the meantime, does anybody else feel this way?: You captain the ship of state for four years through terribly treacherous waters,  move landmark legislation over huge political… Read more