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Forum: Diavlog comments 02-02-2010, 09:36 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,327
Posted By Gravy
Re: Health Care Reform on Life Support (Jon Cohn & Tim Noah)

Maybe I misuderstood a few things, but I thought I heard it suggested to pass the Senate HCR bill in the House and then use reconciliation in the Sentate to bring it closer to the House version and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-08-2009, 06:47 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 10,740
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Re: Ezramesh Strikes Back! (Ezra Klein & Ramesh Ponnuru)

It confuses me that subsidies to health care are such an important element of the debate. It seems like you start at a point that health care is incredibly important an therefore insurance coverage...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-30-2009, 12:12 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 19,065
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Re: Paranoia Strikes Deep (Michelle Goldberg & Matt Welch)

There is certainly a continuum to public events which ties one political figure to the actions of past ones. But in this case the argument that Obama was saddled by Bush with all these terrible...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-21-2009, 05:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,492
Posted By Gravy
Re: Global Trade and Preposterous Pants (Dan Drezner & Reihan Salam)

Why in the world does Reihan think that our political culture is paralyzed? Over the last 12 months the combination of Congress, the administration (2 of them) and the Federal Reserve have asserted...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-20-2009, 10:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,651
Posted By Gravy
Re: Removing the Doughnut (Christopher Hayes & Brink Lindsey)

What's wrong with insolvency as a policy choice? Chris thinks it has huge transaction costs, but current cycle of boom followed by federal protection of the most irresponsible is tremendously...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-04-2009, 07:38 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 33,862
Posted By Gravy
Re: Getting Specific (Dayo Olopade & Ann Althouse)

Is it possible that the right to privacy decisions of the last several decades will be used to reject health insurance mandates? If the government does not have sufficiently important reasons to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-18-2009, 12:40 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 33,619
Posted By Gravy
Re: The Week in Blog: Take Me Out to the Blog Game (Bill Scher & Matt Lewis)

You're welcome. I've never flown Southwest, but particular experiences aside, they have contributed to the expansion of relatively inexpensive air travel to the benefit of millions of Americans.
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-17-2009, 05:06 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 33,619
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Re: The Week in Blog: Take Me Out to the Blog Game (Bill Scher & Matt Lewis)

The United States civil aviation industry is in perilous shape. No "Clunkers" seem on the horizon for the airlines. What exactly does Sher mean when he says "Southwest Airlines screwed (him) last...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-08-2009, 03:27 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 22,143
Posted By Gravy
Re: Shaved Head Edition (Tim Fernholz & Matt Continetti)

Not sure how much post-purchase stimulation will result from the Clunkers. Most clunkers are fully paid for and most new cars, even with the rebate, aren't. You burn a little less fuel, but you...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-28-2009, 08:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,237
Posted By Gravy
Re: Starting Over (Will Wilkinson & Kurt Andersen)

The uneven delivery of both participants makes it very difficult to listen to. We can't expect Churchill on every diavlog, but Wilkinson is on often enough that he should be improving and he isn't. ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-23-2009, 08:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,924
Posted By Gravy
Re: The problem with rewarding outcomes

Is this an argument against rewarding outcomes? Rewarding doctors' and teachers' use their skills with groups of people who have demonstrated some kind of higher ability to productively exploit...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-10-2009, 10:23 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 17,990
Posted By Gravy
Re: Forlorn Wilderness Dwellers (Brink Lindsey & David Frum)

I lived the better part of two decades in western Europe and experienced a very similar pattern to what Brink describes. Countries like Holland and Sweden, which have the reputation of wild...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-09-2009, 09:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,510
Posted By Gravy
Re: BloggingTrolls (Ezra Klein & Will Wilkinson)

Possibly the failure of the PPIP - whose demise I believe is not as final as this diavlog assumes - was related to the decision not to allow banks to bid on their own or similar assets. With the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-08-2009, 10:28 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 25,012
Posted By Gravy
Re: Obama in Cairo, Sotomayor in Hot Water

The results of the census cannot increase or decrease the number of voters of a defined category in any manner that I can think of. An eligible voter is eligible to vote whether or not they have...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-20-2009, 10:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 16,633
Posted By Gravy
Re: Obama Disillusionment Edition

Thanks, Brink for making the most clear statement on the rank stench of the Chrysler bailout. I ask, where is everyone that screamed to high heaven about Halliburton contracts in Iraq?
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-30-2009, 06:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,176
Posted By Gravy
Re: Disharmonic Convergence (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

I believe that pork producers were unhappy with the phrase, fearing it would depress sales of pork.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2009, 08:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,752
Posted By Gravy
Re: Financial Pneumonia (Mark Thoma & Scott Sumner)

It is ridiculous to assume that it is impossible to know which cars on the lots aren't in working order. This is a myth spread by banks and bond investors. These assets are very well defined, but...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-09-2009, 10:41 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,418
Posted By Gravy
Re: Abortion Politics

Rush is going to turn out to be either right or wrong about his concerns about the federal government's increasing involvement in heretofore private business. This, almost certainly, will be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-26-2009, 06:20 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 23,858
Posted By Gravy
Re: Brushes with Greatness

Bob, I believe that the markets may have wanted Geithner as he was associated with the so-called "bad bank" solution. This was never all that realistic (of the market, not Geithner particularly),...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-15-2009, 09:04 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By Gravy
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

McArdle is going to run out of people willing to do this with her at this rate. Why anyone would put up with this for an hour is mysterious.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-12-2009, 08:45 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 33,178
Posted By Gravy
Re: How's Obama Doing?

Enforcement of compensation limitations will not be necessary if the new administration elects to let existing banking regulations be enforced. Banks which are insolvent would be closed, cleaned and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-10-2009, 08:20 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,410
Posted By Gravy
Re: Young and Irresponsible Edition

What is this obsession with these trains? Please have a Trains diavlog to help me understand, because it looks like a colossal investment with very little promise of a sensible return. Better yet,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-06-2009, 07:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,319
Posted By Gravy
Re: The Week in Blog: Getting Behind Sausage

This guy with his darn high-speed trains! One day, maybe BHTV could actually have someone on who would explain the rationale for these trains. It seems loony, but I'm willing to listen.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2009, 09:47 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 64,542
Posted By Gravy
Re: The Pinkie Finger Prism

Water and sewer systems throughout the country are in dire need of upgrades and there is almost no chance that outlays provided for this type of work would substantially flow to foreign workers. I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-20-2009, 08:57 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 21,052
Posted By Gravy
Re: Happy Inauguration!

In a country currently pledging hundreds of billions of future taxation I would expect a Secretary who actually paid his own taxes. Geithner acknowledged in writing to his employer that, for tax...
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