Entries by Bernard Finel

Gun Nuts are Sometimes Really Nuts

As it turns out, “gun nuts” is not just about being crazy about guns, it is also apparently often about being actually insane. Imani and John’s posts link to some examples, but many of you have probably seen this as well (via TPM): Genuine derangement. And very, very scary.   UPDATE: And yet another fun […]

The Art of the Possible

And once more into the breach: Can you tell me the difference between these alternative proposals to increase federal revenue? 1) Allow all Bush tax cuts to expire bringing back Clinton era rates for everyone. 2) Extend all the Bush tax cuts for people making under $400k, and make up the difference by closing the […]

Prioritization in Fiscal Policy

For reasons that are not quite clear to me, I often seem to have trouble making myself understood in online discussions. My post yesterday on the consequences of the fiscal deal is a good example. Based on the comments thread, I seem to have come across as an austerity-monger who hates poor people. So I’m […]

The Hard Truth About the Tax Deal

From Krugman last week (Jan. 2): The deficit is no problem now, but eventually we will emerge from the liquidity trap, and at that point you do want to start stabilizing debt. How big a deal is that? If you look at the CBO numbers, under their “alternative fiscal scenario” (Bush tax cuts extended and realistic […]