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Facts Have No Meaning, And Money Is King

We’ve discussed the perils of centrism a time or two before. Dean Baker finds David Brooks engaging in quintessentially Brooksian false equivalence: David Brooks is really upset, we may have a lost decade because he is sitting there being right, standing … Continue reading

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Centrism And Tribalism

Temperamentally, I find centrism to be quite appealing. It’s fun to try to remain above the fray and criticize the extremes on both sides for all evils. However, centrism doesn’t fit our current context. As we’ve seen in the debate … Continue reading

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Mush From The Wimp

A wimp in the Senate so wimpy he sought anonymity to mewl out his wimpy mush: After pledging to send a job-creation package to Congress next month and daringRepublicans to block it, President Obama offered few specifics Tuesday about the form the plan … Continue reading

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Regulatory Uncertainty In China

In China, this sort of thing can happen at a moment’s notice: Around 2000 people have been arrested, and nearly 5000 businesses shut down, as Chinese authorities try to force their food industry to improve its safety standards. … The … Continue reading

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The Proper Attitude Toward Today’s Right Wing

Today’s Republicans make Hoover look positively visionary. Today’s Democrats bend over backwards to compromise with the Republicans. That would be fine, in normal times; but this is not a normal Republican Party, and these are not normal economic troubles. I … Continue reading

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Let Us Count The Ways

Tim Duy lists the reasons to be despondent about the state of our political system: The debt-ceiling has been proven to be a very effective weapon, simply because there exists a non-trivial contingent of Republicans willing to push the button, … Continue reading

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The Big Picture

Unemployment, at crisis levels for Americans, is none too good for America’s budget, either: … kicked off with Loomis vice chairman Dan Fuss coming up with a very interesting macroeconomic point. Right now, he said, about 56% of Americans over … Continue reading

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You’re Supposed To Sit On Your Ass And Nod At Stupid Things

Well, Paul Krugman is obviously a big fan of the blog, because he’s yet again channeled what we’ve been saying. From PYM the other day: rule #1 of MSM punditry is that critiquing the choreography and possible electoral consequences & … Continue reading

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Picking A Fight With My Own Side

The central problem of current American governance is the Republicans’ treatment of politics as the continuation of psychology by other means, so that’s what we wind up talking about around here. In the current context, we are all Democrats by default. … Continue reading

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Centrism Rules The Democrats, Destroys America

Republicans don’t care what centrists, or liberals, or scientists, or anyone who knows anything about anything think about them. Therefore, they are always too far right, to the extent their policy preferences can be rationally categorized. “Centrist” commentators always criticize … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t Have To Be This Hard

I see that Brad DeLong and Paul Krugman have been writing about the Clive Crook-style, reality-averse centrism that Jon Chait described in the post I linked below. Krugman notes that the anti-deficit lobby’s behavior “makes no sense — unless you … Continue reading

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The Eternal Temptation Of Centrism

John Cole catches Politico claiming that “the two sides” of an issue can be understood by reference to Michigan history Professor Juan Cole, on the one hand, and a few semi-random right-wing bloggers on the other. “You gotta love that line … Continue reading

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