"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Greg Mankiw hides the role of government in redistributing income upwards by Dean Baker
This is no doubt how Mitt Romney and other wealthy people would like the public to see the debate. However the reality is that the government has implemented a wide range of policies that have led to a massive upward redistribution of before tax income over the last three decades. These policies have affected every corner of the market economy.
I heard comedian Judah Friedlander talking on the radio about the entertainment industry and he made a very good point about those who succeed are usually good schmoozers. The context was he said that it's part of the reason why comedy films are bad these days in that people who rise to the top are often good schmoozers but not good film-makers, actors etc. He then said it's true in every industry and line of work and I agree. They are smart about schmoozing and work hard at schmoozing and then once installed have sort of an inefficent crony capitalism.

I watched Parks and Recreation but didn't watch the first run of 30 Rock because I had a crush on Tina Fey during her "Weekend Update" and Sarah Palin impersonation years and it's very, very weird and wrong to have a crush on a TV personality. So you shouldn't encourage it. Friedlaner is on 30 Rock and lately I've been watching the reruns which are addictive.

One of the tenets of "Kenyan Socialism" is that the U.S. is a schmoozocracy. The ruling elite would have you believe it's a meritocracy but it's not.

I See No Way to Read This from Greg Mankiw Other than as the Strongest Possible Endorsement of Obama and the Democrats by DeLong

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