|It must be great to be a columnist for the Washington Post. You get to rewrite the same columns week after week. You never have to pay attention to facts and data or even make sure that you accurately present the arguments you criticize. Hence we have Robert Samuelson telling us this morning that "economists are in the dark."
Of course he is in large part right. Given its colossal failure in recognizing the risks of the housing bubble it would be reasonable for every university to shut down its economics program, recognizing that it has about as much use as a department of astrology. But Samuelson is shooting blanks when he tells us that Keynesian economics has been proven a failure by the downturn.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Gov. Scott blasted on high-speed rail funds. Gov. Brown says money 'welcome here':
|Florida editorial writers and some fellow Republicans are giving newly elected Gov. Rick Scott a thrashing over what can only fairly be described as his loony rejection of federal funding for the first leg of a high-speed rail line that backers hoped would eventually connect Tampa with Miami via Orlando. On the heels of Scott's incomprehensible decision, newly elected Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown says he's eager to see some of that Florida HSR money redirected to California, which has already received more money than any state for its ambitious 800-mile line.
One key Florida Republican, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure John Mica, expressed dismay that he had been unable to sway Scott from rejecting the HSR funds, a decision he said (being charitable) "defies logic." Many Republican state legislators also are irked. In fact, a veto-proof majority of the Florida Senate is asking the federal government to give the state the $2.4 billion in HSR money even though the governor doesn't want it.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up some wacky news, including the death of a snake handling preacher, and how Donald Trump, unable to fire a reporter he doesn't like, has fired his press aide instead. Bill Nye "debates" Marsha Blackburn on climate change. Nick Kristof complains about jargon, but I couldn't understand it. The Dunn trial down in Florida, the vagaries of fire-at-will laws, and the latest GunFAIL stories, and a wider look at the curious place guns occupy in our politics (and pseudo-politics). Not unlike the curious place wealth occupies in the same space. Maybe it's all just part of neo-feudalism?