"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

Friday, September 28, 2012

PARTISAN ASYMMETRY AND AMERICAN GOVERNANCE: SOMEHOW I DON'T THINK WE ARE IN WALES ANYMORE, DANIEL... WEBLOGGING by DeLong

What did Clinton do? Welfare reform? NAFTA? Financial deregulation? Greenspan? 

Bush gave us massive tax cuts, Bernanke, John Roberts.

Obama did the stimulus, ARRA, decent health care reform, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Tim Cook Apologizes for Apple's Maps

A Political Football in the Classroom by A.O. Scott (review of "Won't Back Down")


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

YES, JIM MEDOFF MOVED THE NEEDLE by DeLong
Andy Harless: [T]he Medoff-Abraham paper… said was that there was not nearly as much “stag” in the stagflation as we thought. The labor market, it suggested, had been booming during much of the 1970’s despite the appearance of high unemployment. The implication was that the unemployment of the 1970’s was largely “structural”… once you realized that, the accompanying inflation shouldn’t surprise you.

Charles Lane Is Unhappy That the Fed Is Taking Steps to Create Jobs by Dean Baker


Tuesday, September 25, 2012