Monthly Archives: November 2011

Huntsman Wants to Repeal Dodd-Frank so he can Pass Title VII of Dodd-Frank

John Huntsman has released a page of info on his Financial Regulatory Reform. We talked about how it looks like he wants to repeal Dodd-Frank but then wants to pass Dodd-Frank’s resolution authority. Here’s another thing that is interesting in … Continue reading

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A Bit More on the Bloomberg Piece

Separate notes on the Bloomberg piece we just discussed. The piece is big on the six largest banks making a profit here.  But as I read their numbers: The six — JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup Inc. (C), Wells Fargo & Co. … Continue reading

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Comparing the Federal Reserve’s Reaction to the Financial Crisis Versus the Unemployment Crisis

I never said Kudos to Charles Evans, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, for dissenting in the most recent FOMC meeting on behalf of the unemployed: “Voting against the action was Charles L. Evans, who supported additional policy accommodation at this … Continue reading

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Huntsman and the GOP Debate on Unwinding Too Big To Fail

James Pethokoukis at AEI: Jon Huntsman declares war on big banks and Too Big To Fail. There are a series of proposals, mostly surrounding taxes and caps on size, leverage and complexity.  The first bullet point, a cap on size relative … Continue reading

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Income Inequality, Loser Liberalism and the Progressive Assault on Laissez-Faire

I have a post at The Nation I hope you check out, Explainer: How Did Inequality in America Get So Bad? And What Can the Government Do to Fix It?  (There’s an audio interview that goes with it.) In the … Continue reading

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Frankel on Financial Regulation Funding and the Left

Jeff Frankel has a recent blog post, The Easy Question in Financial Regulation (h/t Mark Thoma).  There are two points I want to address in it, the first I agree with completely: The question of funding the U.S. financial regulators, the Securities … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Tuition Costs and Faculty

Felix Salmon has a great post responding to Jim Surowiecki’s column on student loans, particularly the argument that prices are rising beacause of Baumol’s cost disease, that I wanted to highlight.  Surowiecki: “In other words, teachers today aren’t any more productive than they … Continue reading

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Eight Things We Know About Extending Unemployment Insurance

In the aftermath of the super committee’s collapse, Democrats are going to have to fight to get unemployment insurance benefits extended. This is one of many “orphan programs” left behind that are set to expire at the end of the year. Since it looks … Continue reading

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Checking in on the Unemployment by Duration Numbers, Fall 2011 Edition

Looks like there is going to be a debate on whether or not to extend unemployment insurance.  Time to start sharpening the weapons for the ideological and numbers-based part of these arguments. One key argument you hear is that unemployment … Continue reading

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Occupy Campuses and Violent Police Responses Taking Place Across Countries, Time

I just saw this recent New York Times column titled Occupy Wall Street Protesters Shifting to College Campuses.  I want to note that – at least in some crucial ways – the occupy movement isn’t shifting to campuses but returning … Continue reading

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