State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

Once More into the Liber-al-tarian Breach
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Response to Chris: Are Christianity and Homosexuality Reconcilable?
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Greece and the Tri-lemma
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A line worth stealing
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The ‘Too Big to Fail’ Era
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Cameron and Blond
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Putting Things in Perspective
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Not the Robin Hood you were thinking of
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How to Solve Nothing
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World Cup Pool
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The comments...

+ "Maybe. That seems at least as likely as the idea that they would cut Medicare or SS to prevent a ratings downgrade." Oh boy. Really? [. . .]
Koz
+ "But frankly the Dems at least have two engines to use to deal with those issues (spending cuts AND tax increases) and the GOP only [. . .]
Koz
+ "maybe they could shake their heads sadly and point out that there’s no fat in the budget to cut." Maybe. That seems at least as [. . .]
Koz
+ "Inflation is prostrate right now so if there was ever a shortage of money, a real one, then the Fed would simply print more and [. . .]
Endevour to Persevere
+ Christians act like Christianity is nothing more than an anthropological phenomenon like so many others that is useful to create some amount of ingroup [. . .]
Jaybird
+ @Koz, maybe they could shake their heads sadly and point out that there's no fat in the budget to cut. Then you could point out how [. . .]
Koz
+ "Assuming that Summers and Geithner came schlepping in and said “We’re in danger of a default/ratings downgrade” the fact of the matter is that there [. . .]
North
+ @Koz, Sticks and stones Koz. I'd say I'm equally conversant in politics and economics (though is that an indictment or praise?) I described in detail [. . .]
+ @North, Keeping in mind that I'm way outside my comfort zone here, I think that's actually implicit in Rodrik's point. By going with the [. . .]
Rufus F.
+ @Mike Schilling, I'm not defending any dickweeds really. It seems to be a real flaw of the media- including the blogosphere- that saying or [. . .]
Koz
+ "Well setting aside that the story didn’t move me to much outrage;" There's no reason it should. It's one (or two) scenarios from one [. . .]
North

It's a bit right slanted (but hey it's Douthat) but it has a depressing underlying sense of being correct to it as well.

North
+ I dunno Mark. A lot of Greece's woes seem to be more due to their diminishing of their nation state status by turning over control [. . .]
North
+ @Koz, Yes, but since I'm already on record as not approving of the fiscal behavior of the country at the moment this isn't any departure [. . .]
Koz
+ "I called your Moody’s/SEC retaliation story a paranoid conspiracy theory. " Ok, do you accept that Moody's underlying economic scenario, that the feds are going to [. . .]
North
+ @North, Well setting aside that the story didn't move me tp much outrage; I cynically think that if there was any oomph to the story [. . .]
+ I think that Red Toryism – a philosophy which I think Blond never truly let grow into maturity – was stillborn. That may be a little [. . .]
Jaybird
+ @Ryan Davidson, Ryan, I *DO* believe that I can stand to the side and watch as a disinterested observer and compare and contrast to the [. . .]
Koz
+ "You also seem to be implying that the US is in significant danger of having either happen which frankly is a big exaggeration considering the [. . .]
North
+ @Koz, I called your Moody's/SEC retaliation story a paranoid conspiracy theory. But perhaps it was merely overwrought hyperbole. As a connoisseur of the latter I [. . .]
Koz
+ "Now to literally guarantee that the US could –never- default or have a ratings downgrade would require that the government essentially run in surplus in [. . .]
North

@Koz, Well we'll have to wait and see how that plays out but I'm skeptical that it'll adhere to any partisan framework very well.

Koz
+ Uhh, no it's not, and it's important to understand the difference. We had a classical inventory-based, aggregate demand, negative growth, etc., recession. That [. . .]
North
+ @Koz, Okay well firstly the US economy is not the Greek Economy and that the US lacks some of the serious social and legal problems [. . .]
+ @Dylan, Shorter: I don't live like the wealthiest 1% so I'm not really wealthy. Also, it's not just a function of how expensive [. . .]
Koz
+ Okay, do suppose that the lack of indifference on the part of some prominent Democrats is sufficient to prevent a default or ratings agency downgrade [. . .]
North
+ @Koz, uh that's flat out contradicting what you just said. Your item #2 said that we were in an expansion then and are in a [. . .]
North
+ @North, You routinely allude to the US's national debt or credit rating as if you honestly believe that the Democrats are indifferent to either and [. . .]
Koz
+ “Especially when it’s coupled with these fever swamp hallucinations that the Democrats would ever allow a treasury default or a bond rating downgrade.” Ok, what specific [. . .]
Louis B.
+ Anyone else annoyed by the line taken by WaPo and the NYT that this version is inferior because Robin Hood is returning tax money rather [. . .]
Dylan
+ I make about 20k before taxes which puts me in the top 12 percent of the world. The problem is that things are more expensive [. . .]
+ @Bob Cheeks, Well Bob if the TP prompts the GOP to "come home to Jesus" on fiscal issues then maybe all that ruckus will have [. . .]
+ @Koz, You'll need to be more specific as to what you're looking for Koz. I understand how public policy affects the economy. I know the [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ I'd be quite interested to hear your take, Mark, on the meaning of the Second in 1789, and today. Why they wanted it; why [. . .]
Bob Cheeks
+ @Jaybird, Am I correct in assuming the proper mode of thought is to locate that group who would really, really, really cut both federal spending [. . .]
Mike Schilling

Is this so different from mimicking a Parkinson's Disease sufferer? The punishment for that is to be immensely rich and powerful.

+ [...] aboard League of Ordinary Gentlemen readers! We are excited to have your site participating and look forward to a friendly contest. [. . .]

Thanks! Should be a great time.

@Publius, Good call with the pool, Publius.

Koz
+ I'm saying the recession wasn't Obama's fault but the current economy, ie the "recovery" is. And in business-cycle terms, we are in a recovery-expansion [. . .]
Koz
+ "..stuff.. " Yeah yeah yeah, yada, yada, got it, got it. I'm really interested in what motivated you to write this: "Especially when it’s coupled with these fever [. . .]
+ @Jaybird, Wait, so you're saying that Obama and the Democrats caused the economy to tank before they even took office? Time travelling donkeys? That is [. . .]
+ @Koz, Koz, I imagine I know roughly as much about the national fiscal situation as you do. Well minus the conspiracy theories. It's not exactly [. . .]
 
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