Thursday September 03, 2015
April 23rd, 2015
Will she? She will.
Would she? She would.
It was inevitable.
Now where is that tingling feeling?
She's in! She's given up the private jet to schlep across America (albeit being driven by the Secret Service) and stroll, incognito, into Chipotle. Herewith, two myths about Hillary Clinton and two challenges for her on the campaign trail:
Myth One: She needs someone to run against her to help toughen her up during the primary season.
That harsh whine you hear in the background — like a buzzsaw getting ready for a log to come down the chute — is the vast right-wing conspiracy revving its engines.
In his excellent new blog, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke argues against the view that the economy is caught in a trap of persistently slow growth -- "secular stagnation." He discusses a paper by James D. Hamilton, Ethan S. Harris, Jan Hatzius and Kenneth D. West, which anybody interested in the subject should read. It's the most careful analysis of the issue I've seen. And it suggests that fears of secular stagnation are overdone.
Come one, come all. Step right up and buy your ticket for a ride on the splendiferous, phantasmagoric, and miraculous Trans-Pacific Partnership!
The TPP isn’t some sort of futuristic flying machine. It’s just another global trade scam coming at us like a volcanic eruption straight out of hell.
Greetings from Anxietyland. Or as some might know it, graduate school.
I’ve got just a few weeks left of teaching and taking classes before the semester ends. You might see that as hectic yet manageable. It’s not exactly fun, but it’s only temporary.
Logically, I can see that too. Yet somehow, I can’t convince my brain of it.
President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, recently boasted that his boss will “go down in history as the greenest president we’ve ever had.”
In finally declaring her 2016 presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton put a reverse twist on the old break-up line, "It's not you. It's me." Her pitch, she said, is all about you -- the voters and what you need -- not about me and my ambition to follow my husband into the Oval Office.
Greece, as everyone knows, is running out of money. That means it might not be able to pay its debts, including what it owes the International Monetary Fund, which should be a cause for serious anxiety in Europe. But there's a dangerous myth starting to gain traction that the nation could default on its obligations but still remain a member of the euro.
If he accomplished nothing else during his presidency, Barack Obama has surely earned a place in the Bad Political Analogies Hall of Fame. According to savants on Fox News and right-wing editorial pages, Obama is both Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister who capitulated to Nazi territorial demands in 1938.