Politics Roundtable

Politics Roundtable

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Brad DeLong


March 24, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1731632

We all remember how seven years ago American Enterprise Institute head Arthur Brooks fired David Frum for saying that Republican root-and-branch opposition to ObamaCare was a mistake.

Therefore I take some things in Frum's very good piece ...


March 24, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1731633

Must-Read: I think Ezra has this wrong: Donald Trump may have "promised" lots of things, but why on earth would anyone think that he ever meant to keep any of those promises? Trump doesn't know enough about policy to have policy goals—it's reality TV, not reality.

Trump ...


March 24, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1731514

Must-Read: Ray Dalio often climbs to the top of my must-read list. (a) He is very sharp. And (b) he thinks very differently than I do (c) on subjects in which I have considerable expertise. That combination of (a), (b), and (c) means that I learn more ...


March 24, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1731513

Over at Equitable Growth: Must- and Should-Reads:

Dionna Cheatham & Gabriel Matthews: Does Supplemental Security Income inhibit success? | Equitable Growth Nick Bunker:


March 24, 2017, 10:18 am, 1731473

Should-Read: Alan de Bromhead et al.: When Britain turned inward: "[To what] extent... [was] trade policy... responsible...

...for the shift towards intra-imperial trade in the interwar period[?] Both tariffs and quotas increased the Empire’s share of British trade, suggesting that trade policy ...


March 24, 2017, 10:18 am, 1731472

Should-Read: This doesn’t even make sense:

Mick Mulvaney is about to break something, some states will then step in to fix it, and that makes it a “local problem” that we should not “look to the federal government to… fix”? This does not even make any ...


March 23, 2017, 4:18 pm, 1731275

Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: AP: [No House vote on GOP health care bill today[]: "Canceling Thursday’s vote would amount to a significant political setback for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan...

...It comes on the seven-year anniversary to the day of ...


March 23, 2017, 4:18 pm, 1731276

Must Read: David Anderson: The Individual Market Under AHCA V2: "What [could] the individual insurance market could look like under the AHCA as rumored to be as of 0030, March 23, 2017[?]...

I want to speculate about how insurers would do ...


March 22, 2017, 10:18 pm, 1730996

Should-Read: Timothy Burke: Fighting for the Ancien Regime: "We were... part of the system...

Should-Read: Timothy Burke: Fighting for the Ancien Regime: "We were... part of the system...


March 22, 2017, 10:18 pm, 1730995

Must-Read: Ezra Klein: Trump’s weak closing argument on health care — and why it matters: "President Trump’s closing argument was weak...

...“doesn’t include anything even remotely resembling an affirmative case for the actual bill House Republicans have to vote on.” This may ...