Monthly Archives: December 2010

Biggest Surprise of Last Two Years: Bad at Losing.

A few weeks ago Jonathan Bernstein asked liberals “As the 111th Congress winds down, what’s your biggest disappointment of the things you expected to happen?” Bad at Losing I expected Obama to be a better loser, specifically to be better … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Thanks for reading, commenting, linking, emailing and otherwise engaging with this blog here. It’s been a fantastic 2010, better than I could have imagined, and I’m looking forward to an even better 2011. Next … Continue reading

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Mandel Responds on Innovation, Growth and the Regulatory State.

Michael Mandel responds to a previous post I wrote: This morning, Paul Krugman makes an oblique reference to my November post “The Age of Regulation Started Ten Years Ago”. He writes: Have you heard the one about how there’s been an … Continue reading

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A Little More on Prisons, Incapacitation and Conservative Thought.

A little bit more for the previous post. First check out this post about conservatives and crime by Adam Serwer. It’s important to expand on why, especially in the late 1970s and 1980s, how much the ascendant conservative approach to … Continue reading

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The Conservative World View and Prison Populations, Broken Windows.

Tim Carney asks, as a New Year’s resolution, to not to do battle with faceless ideologies. Carney is interjecting into a specific problem, that of the conservative movement and prison population. Carney: But on Twitter, Serwer repeatedly characterized the “conservative … Continue reading

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Cowen and others on Leverage, Financial Market Regulation

“I had another comment I was going to make. You won’t be able to resolve it for me but I’ll raise it anyway. It strikes me that when one looks at the banking system, never before in our lifetime has … Continue reading

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Stop Servicer Scams, 2: Dissecting the Letter and Its Requests.

(Part One.) Regulating the servicers now is continuing to grow as a political issue.  This Zach Carter story,House Democrats Push For New Foreclosure Regulations, explains how a new letter fromRepresentative Miller is being signed by House Democrats.  This letter joins and … Continue reading

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