Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Next Public Option Battle

So we’ve spent a fair amount of time on the CFPA; I need to move over and start blogging about all the other parts of the financial reform (which I’ve should have been doing all along). A lot of this … Continue reading

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Military Consumer Financial Protection

I have a longer post up at The Atlantic’s Business Channel, titled Consumer Financial Protection for Our Military. I hope you check it out! It’s the story about a wave of consumer financial protection initiatives brought about in 2005-2006 by … Continue reading

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Spending and Inequality

I want to jump in with 2 cents on this exchange about status spending at the Inequality forum at Cato Unbound. Elizabeth Anderson: One single mother, desperate to see her daughter wear socially accepted clothes, couldn’t pay her utility bills … Continue reading

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Libertarianism and Culture

Libertarian Kerry Howley has a fascinating piece at Reason: “Are Property Rights Enough? Should libertarians care about cultural values? A reason debate”, with two reactions. She writes: I call myself a classical liberal in part because I believe that negative … Continue reading

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Superfreakonomics and Prostitution

The blog here is a bit of a dude space. What can you do? It’s a blog about finance. But before we wander away from SuperFreakonomics, I’d like to take a moment to bring up their chapter on prostitution. I … Continue reading

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Last on geoengineering

Some last thoughts to follow up on previous writing on geoengineering. 1) I want to link to this excellent writeup by Nate Silver, and this quote from “Dr. John Latham, a seventysomething British scientist employed by the National Center for … Continue reading

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The CFPA’s Effects on Consumer Credit?

Does anyone want to open a consulting/lobbying firm with me where we just make up numbers? Like Mr. Ford does with polling statistics in Frisky Dingo, if you are fans, but with financial institutions? (Please avoid the obvious joke of … Continue reading

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