People Saying Interesting Things

July 21st, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Today, apparently, is a day of people saying some extremely interesting things.

First, Felix Salmon hearts Larry Summers (hat tip, TH).  Larry’s analysis here is hugely compelling, which is what you say when some notable so completely agrees with you:

He steps into the batter’s box with this:

“I think the biggest problem the country has right now is not the budget deficit. The biggest problem the country has right now is the jobs deficit.”

Then hammers it out of the park with this endorsement of FAST!

“It is crazy if you think about it, that we have schools across this country where we tell our kids that education is the most important thing in the world, but we ask them to study in classrooms where the paint is chipping off the walls.

We can borrow money to invest in fixing that, at 2.8 percent. Twenty percent of the people in the country who are doing construction are unemployed, and we’re not trying to do something about that, when we have a major demand problem? It just doesn’t make any sense.”

From the sublime to the really-not-sure-what-to-make-of-this:

Grover Norquist of the never-ever-raise-any-tax-anywhere apparently told the editorial board of the WaPo that he would not consider the sun setting on Bush tax cuts as a pledge-violating tax increase. 

“Not continuing a tax cut is not technically a tax increase,” Mr. Norquist told us. So it doesn’t violate the pledge? “We wouldn’t hold it that way,” he said.

In other news, a flock of pigs was seen flying over the city.

Update re Grover: D’oh!  The pigs have landed.

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7 comments in reply to "People Saying Interesting Things"

  1. foosion says:

    Norquist subsequently denied he said that.

  2. Taryn H. says:

    I could have a whole hopeful day! 🙂

    Keep doing what you can to save the country.

    – TH

  3. Tom says:

    Let’s find someone in the White House to listen, or even better, to repeat.

  4. comma1 says:

    Although it is good that Summers is mentioning your FAST idea, etc…. Um, who cares? He was in office for the past 3 years. Why didn’t he mention it then? Not to be a jerk, but with that kind of performance, in this kind of economy — and if he wasn’t Crimson — he’d be fired and looking for work right now… and not finding any. Much like the 20-25 million underemployed Americans he sold out when he did and said nothing while in the White house.

    And I would expect more and more retractions from people like Norquist as we get closer and closer to this debt ceiling debacle diverging from debate and creating permanent problems for the republic. Repubos have been taking a very loud “principled” stand, and if the debt ceiling is messed up, repubos will have a very large problem.

  5. Victoria says:

    While we are discussing the FAST program, why not expand it to put an aide or two in each classroom?