Megan McArdle

Megan Mcardle And The Perils Of Opinion Journalism
August 05, 2009

At the end of a long post about obesity--part of an ongoing debate she has been having with a number of other bloggers--Megan McArdle considers the possibility of government action and writes: Ultimately, the answer to "what could it hurt"?

The Left's Laffer Curve?
June 17, 2009

Megan McArdle says there is "a growing frustration among reputable conservative economists that the promises of health care cost control have turned into the Laffer Curve of the left: a way to pretend that their favored policies don't have any costs." As something of a student of the Laffer Curve, I find the comparison preposterous. First, health care reformers are committed to finding offsetting tax hikes or spending cuts for every dollar of costs for expanded coverage. On top of that, they hope that cost-control measures can reduce rising health care costs.

Tough Love
February 04, 2009

Last year, a new Middle East lobby called J Street was formed to push American Jewish opinion in a more conciliatory direction. "What we're responding to," wrote J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami last year, "is that for too long there's been an alliance between the neo-cons, the radical right ofthe Christian Zionist movement and the far-right portions of the Jewish community that has really locked up what it means to be pro-Israel." Israel's supporters do have a distressing tendency to define their position in maximalist terms.

Tough Love
February 04, 2009

Last year, a new Middle East lobby called J Street was formed to push American Jewish opinion in a more conciliatory direction. "What we're responding to," wrote J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami last year, "is that for too long there's been an alliance between the neo-cons, the radical right of the Christian Zionist movement and the far-right portions of the Jewish community that has really locked up what it means to be pro-Israel." Israel's supporters do have a distressing tendency to define their position in maximalist terms.

The Un-conservative Fairtax
January 09, 2008

Megan McArdle had a good post yesterday on the subject of the FairTax, prompted by Kriston Capps's question here. She very ably answers the question of why the FairTax should be rejected even by those (like me) broadly sympathetic to the basic idea that it's preferable to tax consumption (which is, in essence, what one takes out of the economy) rather than income (which is what one puts into it). There are at least two compelling philosophical arguments to be made, in additional to the practical ones like the likelihood of widespread tax evasion.

Big Con Blogging
September 06, 2007

Libertarian Megan McArdle objects to my book by insisting that it's "wildly overblown" to pick on supply-siders, since "they've been rather thin on the ground lately." Matthew Yglesias demolishes her objection, pointing out that these few, wee insignificant supply-siders who claim that tax cuts cause revenues to grow include, among many others, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, AND most of the leading conservative think-tanks and publications. (Matt did not mention Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney, who also have made this claim.) McArdle makes a few other very weak points.

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