Veronique de Rugy

Apple Pie/de Rugy Intelligence Gap Apparently Growing
June 01, 2011

The usual right-wing line on increasing the tax burden on the affluent is that it's all "class warfare," the pathetic jealousy of peons like us trying to confiscate the hard-earned wealth of our economic superiors. When very rich people endorse higher taxes for the rich, though, the line has to change.

Republican Debt-Ceiling Denialism
May 20, 2011

In recent weeks, we've seen an entirely new issue where conservatives have persuaded themselves to believe a proposition which experts, as a matter of objective reality rather than normative values, consider bonkers. The new belief is that the United States doesn't really have to lift the debt ceiling -- the strong version being that it's completely unnecessary or even beneficial, and the weak version being that the authorities are merely scaremongering.

No, Half Of All Workers Aren't Freeloaders
April 22, 2011

In the United States, the very rich earn a large share of the income, and are taxed at slightly higher rates than the general population. Here's the picture of shares of income and shares of the total tax burden: Now, conservatives think the main problem in American public policy is that this system takes too much from the rich. So they want to paint it as soaking the high earners and coddling workers at the bottom. Thus you will see the endlessly circulated right-wing talking point that nearly half of all Americans pay no income taxes.

Zombie Lies Try To Eat Krugman's Brain
December 29, 2010

A couple weeks ago, Tim Pawlenty accused President Obama of creating a massive upsurge in government jobs while private sector job growth has dwindled: {G]overnment, which, thanks to President Obama, has become the only booming "industry" left in our economy. Since January 2008 the private sector has lost nearly eight million jobs while local, state and federal governments added 590,000.  Paul Krugman pointed out that this was totally false. Government employment has fallen.

Omnibus Libertarian Reply Post
December 20, 2010

I'm not sure how much interest you all have in following my running debates with the libertarian world, so I'm trying to wrap a couple of these threads up here in one place.  A while ago, Will Wilkinson argued that the fact that people like Peter Orszag can take lucrative private sector jobs after working in government a "potentially fatal tension within the progressive strand of liberal thought." I replied that it's more of a minor annoyance. Wilkinson is flabbergasted: I must say I'm dazzled by the audacity of Mr Chait's claim that the "private capture of public functions" is rare.

Nick Gillespie Responds, And His Point Is... I Have No Idea
December 17, 2010 editor Nick Gillespie has a response to my item gently pointing out his mathematical illiteracy and that of his co-author Veronique de Rugy. A good chunk of it seems to be tonal posturing whose purpose is to show that Gillespie is cooler than me. I'll stipulate the point, because: 1. Everybody is cooler than me, and 2. Gillespie wears a black shirt and black leather jacket in virtually all his public appearances, and obviously you can't get cooler than that. As for the substance, Gillespie offers very little. Let me review my main point.

Only Twenty Four Percent!
December 15, 2010

Reason's Nick Gillespie has a sprightly video touting how easy it would be to balance the budget without raising taxes: The video is touting a Reason article he co-authored with Veronique de Rugy.

Lying Chart Of The Day, Classic Edition
November 29, 2010

Ubiquitous libertarian anti-tax pundit Veronique de Rugy pulls out the old hackneyed Republican line that tax revenues can't go above 19 percent.

Libertarian Proves That Federal Budget Exceeds Size Of Bush Tax Cuts
October 05, 2010

Libertarian Veronique de Rugy makes the standard libertarian argument that we should pay no attention to the tax cuts behind the curtain when we examine the cause of our projected debt. The whole issue is spending. Therefore we can still extend the tax cuts by another few trillion without having any effect on the deficit. Or something. Her twist on the classic dodge is to create a chart: Notice that she is comparing the cost of the tax cuts not to any increase in spending but to the cost of the entire federal budget over the next decade.

Libertarian Sanctimony
June 17, 2010

A couple days ago I wrote about about ubiquitous right-wing pundit Veronique de Rugy, who claimed that a CBO report refuted President Obama's claims about health care when, in fact, it vindicated them. I concluded, "One of the most serious problems this country faces is that one of its two major political parties is run by people who attained their positions on the basis of ideological fidelity and lack very, very basic analytic skills." Nick Gillespie, editor at Reason—which regularly publishes de Rugy—has a reply on her behalf.