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