Hey, What’d I Miss? OTE Summary, 3/11 – 3/25
Mar 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm
- On the ongoing budget madness: noting that the Ryan budget looks a lot like the platform he and Gov Romney ran on, and lost on, last year; arguing that these budgets have little to do with the actual agreements that determine actual revenues, outlays, and policies; joining the chorus of voices in support of Congressional Progressive Caucus’ budget; and condensing some various points about the House and Senate budgets.
- On Cyprus: Laying out two early lessons from the ongoing Cyprus bank debacle and explaining how it seems like everyone is getting economic policy all backwards
- Considering an economic rights movement: we might have a better future if along with all the powerful graphics, we thought a little more about what it would take to actually implement progressive economic change.
- Speaking of impressive graphics, pointing to a cool data source from those stalwart number crunchers at the Economic Policy Institute.
- Looking at the (non-)relationship between a country’s debt level and its growth.
- Highlighting a few pieces from the papers: on the expansionary contraction crowd, Cyprus, H1Bs & the housing market.
- Delving into health care cost data: are health costs really slowing? And what does it mean if they are?
- Using a Toles cartoon to help explain the Republicans’ attempts turn around their electoral fortunes.
- Announcing the results of the first-ever OTE contest.
- Showing that, contrary to the talking point that government spending is spiraling out of control, it only went up 0.6% between 2009-2012.
- Considering an opportunity to study the economic impact on jobs, wages, and prices as a natural experiment on the Arizona border.
- Recapping some great fun on the Bill Maher show with the wonderful Rachel Maddow and reasonable Republican former Congressman Tom Davis.
- Musing from 32,000 feet: why does Rep. Paul Ryan get so much attention?
- Looking at the deficit/GDP ratio and the unemployment rate: which trend bothers you more?
Music: one Friday Musical Interlude courtesy of picks from OTE contest winners and another featuring one of the first jazz tunes I ever heard.
Bonus: a piece from yours truly in The Washington Post on trends that are hurting kids’ ability to realize their potential and lots of policy ideas to help them.