Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Debt Crisis: Bring Back Earmarks!

So John Boehner was unable to get his debt-ceiling bill through the House last night, due to defections on his own side. He’ll likely pass something today, after making some tweaks that will make the bill even more unpalatable to … Continue reading

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Winning the Future with More Women in Senior Positions

With high-profile women like Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Michèle Flournoy roaming the halls of power, it’s easy to overlook the fact that women are still highly unrepresented in all foreign policy- and national security-related professions. In academia, think tanks, … Continue reading

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Grover Norquist: Just Don’t Look!

We all perhaps remember the Simpsons episode where giant advertising mascots come to life and start terrorizing and destroying the town. To save the day, Lisa figures out that since the monsters are really just advertising props, if nobody pays … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name

A literary digression today. Via the Browser, I came across this charming piece in Vanity Fair on Joseph Heller and the long genesis of his masterpiece Catch-22, which was published forty years ago this fall. The novel’s radical structure and … Continue reading

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Debt Ceiling Blues

I didn’t want to get too far into this debt-ceiling negotiation business, but the level of dysfunction and absurdity is becoming really quite impressive. Two items stuck out at me today. First, unique among all politicians past and present, Mitch … Continue reading

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Saving vs. Creating Jobs

Commenter Economist noted yesterday: "I recall a rule of thumb that each job prevented from being lost is worth much more than a new job created in terms of economic growth." He’s exactly right about that. Take it from the … Continue reading

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The Deficit is Not a Real Problem; and, a Note of Support for Keynesian Stimulus

In his column today, David Brooks sees an equivalence of hubris between Democrats and Republicans in how they approach economic policy. There’s the "Keynesian Democrats" who thought that "gigantic deficit spending" would create jobs and end the recession; and there’s … Continue reading

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Lots of Migrant Workers Want to Go Home

A fascinating report from the NYT explains that the flow of illegal immigration from Mexico has basically grinded to a halt. There are many reasons for this: tougher U.S. enforcement; fewer employment opportunities in the States due to the recession; … Continue reading

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Congress, What Would You Say…Ya Do Here?

When the GOP House majority banned earmarks last year, you may have logically thought that it signalled the end of Congressmen siphoning off federal dollars to fund pet projects in their district. You’d of course be wrong: Rep. Stephen Fincher … Continue reading

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