Archive for the ‘The Papers’ Category

Schumer Avoids Tax Trap; The Payroll Tax Cut in Trouble; Pernicious Politics

October 10th, 2012

Here it is the afternoon and I’m just getting around to some articles and blogs for your attention. Senator Avoids Trap: First, Senator Chuck Schumer, to his great credit, understands the tax reform trap.  Here at OTE, we’re always warning folks to be aware that when politicians talk about a “grand bargain” on taxes that… Read more

Today’s Papers: Getting Capitalism Back on Track

September 2nd, 2012

Some compelling economics to read about in today’s newspapers, especially a sweeping review of a bunch of books on what’s gone wrong by Steve Pearlstein in the WaPo.  More on that in a moment. First, I found this piece on how to fix our fiscal policy to be a useful collection, with one big exception… Read more

Morning Papes

August 28th, 2012

Lots on the conventions, of course, but not a lot new there from an OTE perspective.  I’d summarize the platforms thusly: Rs: Markets rule. Ds: Markets rule, except when they fail.  Then there’s a role for government. There…I just saved you a lot of viewing time.   OK, this is a tough read about the… Read more

Do Americans and Their Elected Representatives Really Want a Much Smaller Government?

August 20th, 2012

Like many other members of the commentariat, I’ve argued that the forthcoming election is about the role of government in our lives, with starkly different answers from the two parties.  Moreover, polling data suggest that the electorate is quite sharply divided along this axis. But the more I learn about this framing of the debate… Read more