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Forum: Diavlog comments 12-20-2011, 02:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,174
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Images On Your Eyeballs (Noam Scheiber & Megan McArdle)

Re the high marginal rates on the poor created by phasing out benefit programs-- this is one of the big (and seldom mentioned problems) with means testing various government benefit programs.

Sure...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2011, 01:43 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,548
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Horse and Zebra Edition (Tim Fernholz & Timothy Carney)

Agreed. I can't understand how anyone who calls them self a "business editor" can fail to understand that large companies get to borrow at cheaper rates because they are more likely to be bailed out....
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-07-2011, 02:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,956
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Values Added: Let's Talk Pizza (Adam Serwer & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

I'm quite sympathetic to a guest worker program and other proposals that would increase legal immigration (and even to continuing to turn a blind eye to illegal immigrant worker as a second best...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-25-2011, 02:24 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,168
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Two Cheers For New Jersey! (Mark Schmitt & Kevin D. Williamson)

It is in close competition with the notion that there is no such thing as government failure.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-25-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,168
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Two Cheers For the Mott Haven Kid!!!

Eliminating the ad hominems we have:



Don't forget the huge role of the federal government in enabling this.

To the extent it exists, this problem would not exist without the loans. The...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-24-2011, 01:32 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,791
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Bloggingheads Assemble! (Jamelle Bouie & Peter Suderman)

Here's why the conservative/libertarian elites are unsatisfied with the potential Republican presidential nominees: politics is not about policy.

I liked Mitch Daniels too, but I also think he was...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-15-2011, 01:09 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 21,384
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: An Occasion of Sin (Mark Schmitt & Tim Carney)

I actually looked at the comments expecting some substantive discussion of the points in the Diavlog here...

So here goes, I suspect the reason that Tim doesn't want an income tax (and presumably...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-08-2011, 06:09 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 23,933
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Slavering Sanctimonious Panopticon Edition (Michelle Goldberg & Rebecca Traister)

This reminds me of an Ann Coulter's comment on Larry Craig that I thought was pretty funny at the time:
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-08-2011, 01:51 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 23,933
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Slavering Sanctimonious Panopticon Edition (Michelle Goldberg & Rebecca Traister)

What is different about this case is the pictures and the transcripts. This probably would not be nearly as big a deal without those. Perhaps that shouldn't make a difference but it does.

They...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-05-2011, 10:49 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 37,251
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Flawless Ideas Edition (Matthew Yglesias & Karl Smith)

Thanks for the clarification, with it that's an interesting argument. It strikes me as unlikely that you actually would shrink medicine as a fraction of the economy, but admittedly that's just my...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-04-2011, 02:08 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 37,251
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Flawless Ideas Edition (Matthew Yglesias & Karl Smith)

Both had space constraints, but the op ed linked to produced pretty decent arguments for its position. I did not read the use of a link as an appeal to authority so much as pointer to contrary...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-04-2011, 02:05 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 37,251
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Flawless Ideas Edition (Matthew Yglesias & Karl Smith)

I was struck by Kevin and Karl find references to socialism in relating to the Obama administration absurd followed up with a discussion of why the government should be doing more to dictate what...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-04-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 37,251
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Flawless Ideas Edition (Matthew Yglesias & Karl Smith)

In fairness to operative, however, this was a response to Matt;s even more conclusory statement that Hayek was obviously wrong about the great depression.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-15-2011, 12:21 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: This One Goes to Eleven (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

The point I am trying to make is a narrower one: at a given level of funding, everyone should prefer the mechanism for providing healthcare to seniors that Ryan is proposing.

You are correct that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-14-2011, 07:40 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: This One Goes to Eleven (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

People buy homeowners insurance that from companies that compete in many ways. They don't pay out of pocket for many costs, yet a competive home insurance market still provides people with consumer...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-14-2011, 07:26 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: Imagine a Perfectly Spherical Senior...

That's a straw man. We are comparing the Ryan Plan with the ACA, not Medicare with non Medicare. I don't think you understand irony, the reasoning is simple "competitive markets can respond to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-14-2011, 05:13 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: This One Goes to Eleven (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

That is an assertion rather than an argument-- and one that is demonstrably false. At any given government expenditure level, participants are better of with a voucher system than the ACA because...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-14-2011, 04:50 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: This One Goes to Eleven (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

It is correct that by devolving to consumers the decision to buy or not buy a good, or to buy an alternative is how markets work. Nothing particularly sinister in that, especially when the result is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-14-2011, 04:41 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: This One Goes to Eleven (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Why not just reduce the benefits so the expected payout is $14,000?

BTW, these issues are not unique to the Ryan plan. They exist under the ACA as well the difference is who is making decisions...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-14-2011, 04:06 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: This One Goes to Eleven (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Some comments:

1. What is the scenario in which insurance benefits become unobtainable? Under the Ryan plan to be eligible for the $15K annual voucher plans must take all comers. I can see if...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-14-2011, 02:10 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: This One Goes to Eleven (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Here's the problem with heavy means testing entitlements so that they only prevent poverty: it imposes stifling effective marginal tax rates on the working poor, the faster you phase out the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-14-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,459
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: This One Goes to Eleven (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Mickey and Bob: When you say that the Ryan plan involves "rationing" you betray your lack of understanding of what "rationing" means "a fixed allowance" (according to Websters first definition-- and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-07-2011, 02:10 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 31,250
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: We All Have Our Obligations (Mark Schmitt & Glenn Loury)

Q: How do you create a insurance system for old people with vouchers?

A: Require that any those offering insurance have to offer the same insurance to everyone who presents a voucher. This...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-07-2011, 01:49 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 31,250
Posted By DWAnderson
Re: We All Have Our Obligations (Mark Schmitt & Glenn Loury)

Mark is incorrect to say that Paul Ryan is in a "safe" Republican district. His district went for Obama in 2008.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2011, 03:13 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By DWAnderson
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