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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-08-2011, 11:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,540
Posted By Blackadder
Re: The Big Interview (Karl Smith & Kelly Evans)

NGDP targeting isn't just a matter of semantic reframing. For example, suppose the Fed was targeting 5% annual NGDP growth. The Fed was hitting its target, but unemployment was at 10%. Sumner would...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-08-2011, 10:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,540
Posted By Blackadder
Re: The Big Interview (Karl Smith & Kelly Evans)

In countries with flexible exchange rates the answer is that monetary policy cancels any effect from fiscal policy. See here. (http://www.themoneyillusion.com/?p=9231)
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-10-2011, 10:52 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,455
Posted By Blackadder
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-13-2011, 08:40 AM
Replies: 393
Views: 47,224
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Loughner's friend interviewed

The odds of his being exposed to Harry Potter is orders of magnitude greater than his being exposed to your writings. Yet there hasn't been a lot of speculation as to this being a possible reason for...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-12-2011, 11:09 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 47,224
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Loughner's friend interviewed

Suppose there was a movie that argued three things: 1) government welfare programs are inherently socialist, 2) the government wants to stick microchips in our brains to control us, and 3) don't ask...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-12-2011, 10:50 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 47,224
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Loughner's friend interviewed

Well, it's possible that it was reading your comments on Bloggingheads that pushed Loughner over the edge. Granted, there's absolutely no evidence that you had anything to do with it. But it could be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-12-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 47,224
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Loughner's friend interviewed

bjkeefe,

If you watch the news piece JonIrenicus linked to, you'll find that Loughner "did not watch tv" "hated the news" and "didn't listen to political radio."

According to Loughner's...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-08-2010, 08:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,669
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Values Added: I Like The Questions (Mollie Ziegler Hemingway & Frances Kissling)

It's not the fact that a health care bill was passed that's the defeat. It's the fact that the final bill was the Senate version (which didn't include the Stupak language) rather than the House...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-25-2010, 03:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,252
Posted By Blackadder
Re: It's Hot (Tim Fernholz & Conn Carroll)

The assumption here is that people end up in the governing elite because they went to Harvard rather than that they got into Harvard because they were talented as this talent is also why they end up...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-25-2010, 01:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,252
Posted By Blackadder
Re: It's Hot (Tim Fernholz & Conn Carroll)

The fact that white Christians make up a plurality at Harvard hardly proves that the group isn't underrepresented. White Christians, after all, make up a supermajority in the population at large, and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-02-2010, 08:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 11,896
Posted By Blackadder
Re: The Nerdiest People on the Planet (Dan Drezner & Megan McArdle)

Weigel was accepted to join a listserve for liberal journalists. They apparently didn't have any trouble pinning him down politically.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-20-2010, 06:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,880
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Keep America Weird (Christopher Hayes & Reihan Salam)

The Temper Trap really is a fantastic band.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-10-2010, 08:49 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 30,203
Posted By Blackadder
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-09-2010, 10:46 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 30,203
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Beyond Nature vs. Nurture (Will Wilkinson & David Shenk)

The idea that genes find expression through an environment strikes me as being rather banal. Of course environment is going to have an effect (stick a group of people in a room without air for a few...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-25-2010, 08:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,722
Posted By Blackadder
Re: On Cadillacs

I believe the "Cadillac tax" only applies to premiums. A person who wants to save for health care can already do so tax free via a Health Savings Account.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-23-2010, 08:29 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 18,491
Posted By Blackadder
Re: CPAC Co-Sponsor GOProud

The video might seem to suggest that Sorba is a homophobe. But he did attend the gay co-sponsored CPAC convention, where he manned a table and handed out literature. No word yet on whether it was...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-23-2010, 08:26 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 18,491
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Caveat Edition (Charles Johnson & Conn Carroll)

Uh, Charles, this was written more than 40 years ago.

Buckley, Romney, etc. were upset with the John Birch Society because they accused lots of people (including then President Eisenhower) of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-22-2010, 05:32 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 18,491
Posted By Blackadder
CPAC Co-Sponsor GOProud

If this diavlog is any indication, Mr. Johnson seems to be inordinately concerned with what you might call "guilt by association" issues. In that vein, I was amused to find that one of the CPAC...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-19-2010, 08:04 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 18,341
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Gitchy Goo Edition (Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg)

If that was true I don't think Pelosi would have allowed a vote on the Stupak Amendment.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-18-2010, 11:39 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 18,341
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Gitchy Goo Edition (Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg)

I don't think this follows. The House, for example, has nothing like a filibuster rule and also has a Democrat supermajority right now. Yet the health care bill still only passed by three votes. If...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-18-2010, 10:11 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 18,341
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Gitchy Goo Edition (Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg)

*Sigh* No, Obama wasn't born in Kenya. No, 9/11 wasn't an inside job. No, we didn't fake the Moon landing, etc.

To address your specific concerns. I don't think you can blame the filibuster for...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-18-2010, 08:24 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 18,341
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Gitchy Goo Edition (Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg)

So what? If a person thinks the examples of thwarted legislation you cited are bad why shouldn't that count as evidence in favor of the filibuster for him?



It's true that in addition to make...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-18-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 18,341
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Gitchy Goo Edition (Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg)

Rules are justified by their outcomes. What is the evidence that the filibuster produces worse outcomes that a straight majority rule?
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-17-2010, 08:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,575
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Warm and Fuzzy Edition (Steve Clemons & David Frum)

Not sure these are really counter-examples. The U.S. acquiesced in the assassination of Diem, acquiesced in the overthrow of the Shah, and were at worst neutral about the Pinochet handover. More...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-17-2010, 08:47 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 31,842
Posted By Blackadder
Re: Two Questions on Israel

Under the scenario I'm imagining the U. S. government would cease all aid to the region (military, humanitarian, whatever). If a private company still wanted to sell weapons to one side or the other...
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