Comments on Various Links
By Arnold Kling
I think all of these come from Mark Thoma.
1. Robert Reich writes that fiscal and monetary policy will not get us out of the recession.
So what’s the answer? Reorganizing the economy to make sure the vast middle class has a larger share of its benefits. Remaking the basic bargain linking pay to per-capita productivity.
Because you can never have enough government solutions.
In my view the best way of doing that [addressing long-term budget issues] would be reform of social security and the health care system. But the Republicans in the Congress block almost every attempt by the Obama Administration to do these things.
I, too, remember the Republican Medicare demagoguery during the debate over health care reform. However, I do not think one can say that only the Republicans are standing in the way of entitlement reform.
Bloggers are supposed to link to and disagree with one another, but hopefully in a non-tabloid manner where we give people the benefit of the doubt.
My emphasis. Twisting someone’s words in order to give the most uncharitable interpretation possible is the intellectual equivalent of a kick in the groin. In the blogosphere, there are no referees, so one encounters a lot of groin-kicking. My advice is not to cheer when someone on our side delivers a kick in the groin. Instead, applaud when someone on our side admits doubts and discusses weaknesses in his own arguments.
There are plenty of good reasons to dislike (and like) the administrations of President Bush and President Obama without blaming either one for the current unemployment rate.