Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Catching up on some links…

May 25th, 2017

…to stuff in faraway lands. EG, here’s a piece in the NY Daily News wherein I argue that for all the voices proclaiming that Trump’s really nasty and thoroughly mathematically challenged first budget is “dead-on-arrival” in the Congress, that’s unfortunately not quite accurate. Why not? Because “virtually every priority in Trump’s budget is one that Republicans… Read more

ICYMI–WaPo posts

May 22nd, 2017

First, Trump’s first full budget is out tomorrow and man, what a mess. Just a massive shift in resources from the poor and middle class through vicious spending cuts to the wealthy in tax cuts. And partially “paid for”–those scare quotes are very important–by a bullsh__ growth assumption of 3%. It’s standard issue, Ryan’esque fare,… Read more

UBI & I

April 13th, 2017

A few weeks ago, Jason Furman and I participated in one of those Intelligence Squared debates on the premise that the Universal Basic Income is the safety net of the future. We were opposed and that has surprised some of my friends and colleagues who figured I would be for a UBI. We’re hoping to… Read more