The Freedom To Be Impoverished: Matt Yglesias’ Perverse Logic on the Minimum Wage

By: Thursday March 7, 2013 2:15 pm

When President Obama proposed an increase in the federal minimum wage last month, you could almost hear conservative economists and pundits smacking their lips in anticipation. After all, there’s nothing that gets this crowd going like mandating a wage increase, even if it’s from the downright Dickensian $7.25 currently required to a still paltry $9, or just under $19,000 a year.


The Problem Is That Overall ObamaCare Is a Terrible Deal

By: Monday February 11, 2013 7:15 pm

The problem is that the Affordable Care Act is overall a bad idea if you look at it from this lifetime perspective. Let’s even leave aside the huge issue that it does nothing to address the fact that the government allow hospitals, drug companies and doctors to charge Americans prices way above international norms.

Obama’s Defenders Agree: Health Care Law About as Conservative as “Reform” Could Be

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 7:50 am

It is nice to see both Paul Krugman and Matt Yglesias openly admitting that the Affordable Care Act is about as right-wing any insurance coverage expansion “reform” could be. From Yglesias’s The Sensible Conservative Alternative To The Affordable Care Act Is The Affordable Care Act: If you simply do what Ponnuru and Levin propose, every [...]

Was the Budget Calamity Liberals’ Fault?

By: Sunday April 10, 2011 11:50 am

The notion that Democrats lost the 2010 midterms because liberals weren’t clapping loudly enough isn’t supported by the evidence. Democrats lost because they lost independents by 15 points, and independents don’t care what liberals think.

Ryan and Obama Plans Share Unworkable Gimmick for Capping Health Care Inflation

By: Friday April 8, 2011 6:45 am

Not only is Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan using basically the same general premium-supported exchange design that Obama’s health care revision does for the uninsured under 65, but both Ryan’s budget and “Obamacare” are nearly totally reliant on almost the same pathetic accounting trick of using poorly indexed caps on federal health care spending in the distant future to produce the bulk of their supposed deficit reductions.

The “Liberal” Blogosphere, Blindspots, and Fear of the Working Class

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 5:10 pm

At a time when we should be reining in the capitalism that failed so badly, we are instead capitulating to it, using the event of the failure of our corporate masters to give them even more. How is that even happening? And to what degree does the blogosphere deserve some of the blame?

Welfare Queens and Business Plans

By: Friday November 12, 2010 8:40 am

The New York Times business section features almost weekly investigative piece on what can only be described as wide-spread corporate crime. But no one’s going to jail. What used to be called criminal fraud is now called a “business plan.”

So, to Review, the Death of the Public Option Had Absolutely Nothing Whatsoever to Do with Congress

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 10:30 am

This passage from August 2009 by Matt Yglesias is long, but please bear with me and give it a read. I think there’s something perverse in the very strong desire I see among liberals to make problems in congress be about anything other than congress. It’s just not in the power of Barack Obama to [...]

Axelrod Stabs Rahm, Runs from Wreckage of Health Care Bill

By: Monday September 27, 2010 9:30 am

The race is on to unload responsibility for the extremely unpopular health care bill. And Axelrod wants to make sure he doesn’t get the blame.

Poll: 40% Believe Health Care Law Didn’t Go Far Enough

By: Monday September 27, 2010 7:00 am

“A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.”

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