Obama’s “Secret” Meeting Didn’t Convince Liberal Economists on Tax Cut

By: Monday December 20, 2010 2:15 pm

The President held an undisclosed meeting with liberal economists before a press conference where he blamed the “sanctimonious” left for their purity in the tax debate. The meeting included Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sachs, Alan Blinder and Robert Reich. It sounds pretty fascinating.

Krugman did not respond to a request to discuss the meeting, but he did write an op-ed today that at least came close to a response. The op-ed, much like the snippet above, talked about the enduring quality of free market fundamentalism, and that the reason these zombie ideas stay in the discourse is that people like the President try to accommodate them instead of refuting them.

 

Dean Baker and Alan Blinder Face Off on Social Security Cuts

By: Saturday May 22, 2010 12:45 pm

The Masters of the Universe are at it again, coralling the experts to promote policy which benefits them and not the public. Watch your wallets and especially your Social Security.

American Axle Strike: All of Us Are on the Picket Line

By: Friday March 28, 2008 1:30 pm

After the 2006 elections, many of us cheered because several Democrats were elected to Congress who—gasp—supported trade policies that are fair to workers and the environment. We in the union movement oppose the type of trade deals pushed by the Bush administration, but not because we’re anti-trade. We want trade pacts that work for working people, not just line the pockets of CEOs.

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