Pelosi Faithful Fail to Lower Their Voices


Gee Nancy, perhaps this is the kind of shrill rhetoric you remember so tearfully from the old days in San Francisco.
Pelosi may have been pining for the relative civility of the Tea Partiers as she attempted to deal with Code Pink and anti-Israel protestors at the America’s Future Now conference earlier today. As the room [...]

Yes, Mr. President, Some of Us Will Have to Go Without Health Care


It’s the meme that just won’t die: “Nobody should have to die because they don’t have health insurance.” Yesterday, a New Jersey paper repeated the idea: “Living without health insurance is a risk no one should have to take — and it affects all of us.” It’s an echo of the “viral” Facebook [...]

The Teenagers Have Stolen the Credit Card – and Gotten Themselves Elected


“Don’t spend money you don’t have” and “distinguish between essentials and frills” are lessons just about everybody learns at some point in their lives, whether from a basic economics course or from one’s parents explaining that a credit card is not magic.
Why, then, can’t Congress and the White House figure it out?
At the Daily Beast, [...]

Capitalism and the Jews – New York Times Book Review


The question of why so many Jews have been so good at making money is a touchy one. For hundreds of years, it has been fraught with suspicion, denial, resentment, guilt, self-hatred and violence. No wonder Jews and gentiles alike are so uncomfortable confronting Jewish capitalistic competence. Still, in his slim essay collection “Capitalism and […]

Times’ Columnist Asks: What’s Behind Deficit Hysteria?


New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman does not believe that tripling the federal deficit in one year’s time is anything to be concerned about.  He compares what he calls “fiscal scare tactics” to the “fear-mongering on weapons of mass destruction.”
Mr. Krugman needs some lessons in basic economics and the law of unintended consequences.  The [...]