A Flimsy Argument Against Single Payer

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 11:56 am

Over at Vox Ezra Klein is making one of the more logically flimsy arguments against single payer I have seen in a long time: “Hobby Lobby shows why single payer could hurt reproductive rights.”

 

Yes, U.S. Private Insurance Companies Are the Problem

By: Monday January 13, 2014 2:40 pm

I’ve noticed a few more centrist “experts” like Ezra Klein trying to push this contrarian idea that Liberals are stupidly misplacing blame on private insurance companies. His analysis though ignores the central role our private insurance companies play in the politics of keeping the system broken.

House Republicans No Longer Need to Worry About What Is Good for the Party

By: Thursday September 19, 2013 2:25 pm

Our gerrymandered single-member districts are completely broken and it is now causing a governmental crisis.

Larry Summers and Financial Crises: Is He Being Graded on Attendance?

By: Thursday August 1, 2013 6:00 pm

According to Ezra Klein, a major plus in the case for Larry Summers as Fed chair is his experience dealing with financial crises. While it is true that he took a leadership role in dealing with far more crises than Janet Yellen, the other leading contender for the job, it is hard to believe that his record in this area would be a plus if he was being graded by the outcomes.

Larry Summers’ Shocking Ignorance About Health Care Economics

By: Monday April 22, 2013 10:20 am

Just when I think there aren’t enough reasons to disdain Larry Summers he goes out his way to create new ones.

Last week Summers said it was a good thing America didn’t adopt a universal health care system in the 70′s. When Ezra Klein challenged him to defend this statement Summer could only provide confusing nonsense that got all the basic facts wrong. From Wonkblog:

The ‘Very Serious People’ Are Very Silly About Plans to Cut Social Security and Medicare

By: Monday April 15, 2013 6:25 am

The Very Serious People are at it again. In the never ending quest to find some explanation, any explanation, for political action that does not reference the reality of class in America the Very Serious People have a new narrative on why the Obama Administration is attacking seniors, the permanently disabled, and orphans.

Sunday Late Night: Ben Domenech, MSNBC Un-Person

By: Sunday March 3, 2013 8:01 pm

We all know there isn’t much you can do to get exiled from the Village Media circuit. If being wrong about war, weapons of mass destruction, the Clinton impeachment, the Catholic church’s child rape scandals, and Team Obama’s drone-assassination policy were bannable offenses, all we’d have for cable channels would be test-patterns (remember them?)

But it used to be, back in the days of standards that mattered.

Ezra Klein Strikes Out Big on Immigration and Demographics

By: Saturday February 2, 2013 11:24 am

Ezra Klein usually can be counted on for good insights on politics and the economy, however today’s piece on immigration is the sort of thing that could have been on a press release from Fix the Debt. The basic point is to tout the virtues of immigration. While there are benefits of immigration that Klein rightly highlights, much of the piece veers off into the sort of pablum readers expect from the non-Klein portions of the Post.

This is especially the case where Klein dives off into demographics.

When You’ve Lost Ezra Klein….

By: Monday December 31, 2012 3:55 pm

President Obama campaigned for re-election on one central theme: those who’ve done well in America should pay more of their fair share. If you asked the lowest-information voter of 2012, s/he could probably tell you that Obama wanted to raise taxes on people making more than a quarter-million dollars a year. $250,000 was a number woven into every speech he made.

The False Framing in the Sequestration Debate

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 11:00 am

When caught up in the height of the deficit hysteria during the debt ceiling fight Congress voted for a set of very stupid across the board cuts known as sequestration. Since Democrats and Republicans couldn’t reach a deal at the time, they thought a great idea was to create a really bad law no one likes to encourage both parties to reach a deal later. Not surprisingly, two groups that couldn’t reach a deal two years ago, a year ago, and again 10 months ago still can’t reach an agreement so the cuts may actually happen.

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