The 1% Solution.
April 27, 2013 1:43 AM
Paul Krugman just nails it yesterday in his column:
Economic debates rarely end with a T.K.O. But the great policy debate of recent years between Keynesians, who advocate sustaining and, indeed, increasing government spending in a depression, and austerians, who demand immediate spending cuts, comes close -- at least in the world of ideas. At this point, the austerian position has imploded; not only have its predictions about the real world failed completely, but the academic research invoked to support that position has turned out to be riddled with errors, omissions and dubious statistics.
Oh snap! Go Paul...Go Paul...
What, after all, do people want from economic policy? The answer, it turns out, is that it depends on which people you ask -- a point documented in a recent research paper by the political scientists Benjamin Page, Larry Bartels and Jason Seawright. The paper compares the policy preferences of ordinary Americans with those of the very wealthy, and the results are eye-opening.
Yup..he got that right...
California's Dark-Money Investigation Is Making Conservatives Sweat
April 16, 2013 1:31 AM
This post is so important we're re-posting it from our Democracy blog!
Here's a fascinating article from Mother Jones detailing how easy it is to shield your political donations from the other side:
Investigators with California's election watchdog and attorney general's office are hot on the trail of the true source of millions in dark money spent to defeat two hard-fought ballot propositions last fall. The wide-ranging probe has conservatives worried that a network of nonprofit groups used to move secret money around the country could be in for some unwanted exposure.Seems like some Fat Cats don't want you to know that they are supporting certain issues:
As the probe progresses, some conservatives are nervous that more details -- such as the identities of actual donors -- could be publicized. "This case has got very, very deep and significant implications," says a conservative lobbyist with knowledge of the investigation. "A lot of folks are going to have their dirty laundry hung out, and it's not going to be pretty. Why would money go through such a circuitous route if not to conceal the donors?"
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