Hey, What’d I Miss? OTE Summary, 12/10 – 12/16

December 17th, 2012 at 3:20 pm
  • Reflecting on gun violence:  we’re a nation that doesn’t know it’s at war.
  • Considering the job description of the incoming Treasury secretary:  in every policy matter, the new secretary must envision a new client.
  • On the estate tax:  outlining some misconceptions and realities, and noting that very few estates face the tax under either side’s plan.
  • Explaining why it’s hard to negotiate with ideologues:  it’s not just because they’re ideological and lack flexibility or the will to compromise, but because they tend not to have specific ideas.
  • Noting that the CRS reposted the document they had suppressed on tax policy.
  • Looking at Ben Bernanke’s attempts to target unemployment, and wondering why he’s virtually alone in that pursuit.
  • Pointing to a piece by the Washington Post’s Matt Miller, with a fiendishly clever take regarding the debt ceiling debate.
  • Comparing budget baselines to diets:  where do you start measuring progress from?
  • Summarizing why the conventional/DC wisdom on economic growth is unwise.
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