Electoral Maps

Here are two maps for those trying to follow the U.S. presidential election. Real Clear Politics calculates an average of recent polls for each state, on the basis of which they create the following map. They designate a state as “toss-up” if the candidate leads in the polls by 5% or less. For example, they’re describing […]

Biden and Ryan Clash on Economy, and Everything Else

Following a debate that was as full of fireworks as the previous week’s presidential debate had been full of sham-wows, the media focused on the contrasting affects of the two candidates during their jousts on foreign policy, Medicare, women’s health and, most relevant here, fiscal policy. Over at Zero Hedge, “Tyler Durden” writes that: CNBC’s […]

Romney Dooms His Candidacy by Doing the Full Murray

Charles Murray’s newest book:  Coming Apart: The State of White America proves two classic truths.  First, it is impossible to compete with self-parody.  Second, be careful what you ask for; for you may receive it.  Charles Murray asked right-wing plutocrats (he dismissed left-wing plutocrats as disloyal to their class and to capitalism) to drop what he derided […]

The Five Reasons Why the Ryan-Romney Economic Plan Would Be A Disaster for America

Mitt Romney hasn’t provided details so  we should be grateful he’s selected as vice president a man with a detailed plan Romney says is “marvelous,” “bold and exciting,” “excellent,” “much needed,” and “consistent with” what he’s put out. So let’s look at the five basic features of this “marvelous” Ryan plan. FIRST: It  would boost unemployment […]

The Ryan Plan and Bipartisan Compromise

I have a dream. Let me begin by making clear my personal position up front. I think America faces a serious long-term fiscal challenge. Not one that needs to be addressed in 2013– trying to fix this all at once would be highly counterproductive. But I believe that the American political system is badly broken. The […]

Paul Ryan’s Nutty Views on Monetary Policy

I don’t understand why someone with such a clownish views is lauded as a policy wonk: What did Ayn Rand teach Paul Ryan about monetary policy?, by Brad Plumer: In 2005, Paul Ryan explained that he often looks to Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged” as inspiration for his views on monetary policy. “I always go […]

Whose Plan Destroys Medicare, Obama’s or Romney-Ryan’s?

Stumping in Florida today, Mitt Romney charged President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will “cut more than $700 billion” out of Medicare. What Romney didn’t say was that his running-mate’s budget — approved by House Republicans and by Romney himself — would cut Medicare by the same amount. The big difference, though, is the Affordable Care […]