The Conservative Case Against Piketty Is Shockingly Weak
April 29, 2014
Economist warns of consequences from yawning inequality. Conservatives respond: We need to teach tolerance... for inequality.
October 03, 2012
What was Bill Clinton doing at Roberta’s? And does Mitt Romney really eat at “ethnic food joints”?
October 03, 2012
What was Bill Clinton doing at Roberta's? And does Mitt Romney really eat at "neighborhood ethnic joints"?
A Blog Hopes Its New Online Course Will Be More Than Marginal
October 01, 2012
Economist Tyler Cowen's blog, Marginal Revolution, offers an online course in Development Economics.
Liberalism Needs A Toilet
March 20, 2012
Mitt Romney has decided that light bulbs represent liberalism's soft underbelly. Actually, they don't. The replacement of incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient alternatives is at best a minor inconvenience. (My only complaint is that I can't yet find any three-way light bulbs at my supermarket, though apparently three-way CFLs do exist and can be purchased on Amazon.) And as multiple sources have pointed out, Romney is quite wrong to blame this on "Obama's regulators" because the law mandating the change was signed into law by President George W.
If Liberals Want to Help the Poor, They Should Focus on the Middle Class
February 23, 2012
What’s the surest sign that the economic crisis is finally lifting and normalcy is in sight? We’re back to arguing about how the middle class is doing over the long sweep of history since the 1980s: Have they been dragged down by stagnating wages, high-end inequality, economic insecurity, and a greater chance that economic mobility will take them downward than up? Or is the middle class doing OK? This debate had been in hibernation for the last three years, while everyone except the top 1 percent took a beating.
August 12, 2011
-- More on Michele Bachmann's favorite theologian. -- Jonathan Cohn on the most recent health care court decision. -- Tyler Cowen takes a look at the two potential Fed nominees. And an overview from Dylan Matthews. -- Felix Salmon: buy stocks! I'm going to be away on Monday and Tuesday. But fear not, dear readers, there will be a crack gang of guest bloggers to see you through the beginning of the week.
Conservative Health Care Reform, Can It Exist?
January 07, 2011
David Brooks predicts what will happen after the Affordable Care Act melts down: When the crisis comes, Democrats will face an interesting choice — to patch the Obama system or try to replace it with something bigger. The administration may want a patch, but by a ratio of nearly 2 to 1, according to a CNN poll, Democratic voters would prefer a more ambitious law.
December 20, 2010
-- My latest TRB column: does the GOP want the economy to fail? -- Kevin Drum vs. Tyler Cowen on income inequality -- How Chris Christie is like the Pepsi Challenge
An Item My Wife Should Read
May 07, 2010
My wife has never forgiven me for failing to come up with a romantic way to propose to her.